Total of 10 Estes Thorne Attorneys Earn Best Lawyers in America Recognition

There is really only one thing to say when 10 members of your firm are honored by The Best Lawyers in America – including two who also earned the mantel of “Lawyer of the Year.” 


We are especially proud of name partners Dawn Estes and Carol Payne who were selected as Lawyers of the Year for Dallas/Fort Worth in their respective practice areas: Dawn for her Arbitration prowess, with Carol selected North Texas’ top Legal Malpractice Defense attorney.  

One of the legal industry’s oldest and most respected peer-review guides, Best Lawyers selection is determined through rigorous editorial research paired with feedback from lawyers within with a shared practice focus. Estes Thorne attorneys selected to the 2024 legal guide are: 

  • Dawn Estes – Commercial Litigation; Arbitration LOTY 
  • Jessica Thorne – Family Law; Collaborative Family Law; Commercial Litigation  
  • Abby Ewing – Family Law; Collaborative Family Law 
  • Carol Payne – Commercial Litigation; Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Construction Litigation; Legal Malpractice Defense LOTY 
  • Linda Moore – Commercial Litigation; ERISA Litigation 
  • Jennifer Henry – Commercial Litigation  
  • Lori Carr – Labor and Employment Litigation; Employment/Management Law 

Recognition on the companion Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch listing is reserved for outstanding attorneys who have been in private practice for five to nine years. Estes Thorne attorneys selected for this honor are: 

  • Shmyla Alam – Family Law 
  • Stephanie Matherne – Family Law; Commercial Litigation 
  • Kim Winnubst – Commercial Litigation 

Congratulations ladies, you worked really hard for this and you deserve it.