Dawn Estes

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Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 2000
Dallas, Texas 75219
Direct Dial: 214.599.4002
Mobile: 214.924.3296
destes@estesthornecarr.com
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Practice Areas

Commercial/Business Litigation
Electronic Discovery and Document Retention
Internet and Computer Technology
Personal Injury Defense
Arbitration/Mediation/ADR

Practice Emphasis

For over 27 years, Dawn's practice has focused on trial work, representing a variety of large and mid-sized corporate clients in claims involving a wide range of litigation topics. Dawn is an AV Preeminent® rated lawyer with a proven ability to manage and resolve sophisticated disputes.  Dawn is comfortable in state and federal courts and arbitrations. Dawn serves as a court-appointed mediator, and she also serves on the American Arbitration Association's National Panel of Commercial and Employment Arbitrators.

Dawn has experience in the following areas:

  • Breach of contract and breach of warranty claims
  • Negligence
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Trade secret and proprietary information misappropriation
  • Asset security actions relating to mortgage backed securities
  • Creditor's rights
  • Website development contracts
  • Fidelity Bonds
  • Director and Officer Liability
  • Direct sales/multi-level marketing
  • Employee theft and fraud
  • Insurance bad faith involving disability and life insurance policies
  • Software and technology performance disputes
  • Product liability claims
  • Shareholder derivative actions
  • Tortious interference with contract
  • Negligent misrepresentation and fraud claims
  • Distribution agreements
  • Slander/Defamation
  • Deceptive Trade Practice Act claims
  • Temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions

2016 Texas Trial Legend, Tort & Insurance Practice Section, DBA

2016 Outstanding Female Partner Award, Dallas Women Lawyers Association

Dawn has also been selected by fellow members of the Texas Bar Association as a Texas Super Lawyer in Business Litigation in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She also has the distinction of being selected as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth (by Law & Politics, as published by Texas Monthly), Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, one of the Best Women Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine. Dawn has also served as an Adjunct Professor at SMU's Dedman School of Law.

Education and Certifications

J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law (1989)

  •  Associate Editor, Law Journal

B.A., Southern Methodist University, cum laude (1986)

Prior Work Experience

Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP, Dallas (1997-2007) Trial Section

Associate, Gardere & Wynne, Dallas (1989-97) Trial Section

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Oklahoma
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

 

Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, State Bar of Oklahoma
  • Member, State Bar Committee on Administration of Rules of Evidence (2008-2012)
    • Subcommittee Chair, Technology
  • Member, Dallas Committee for a Qualified Judiciary
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (2016-2017)
    • CLE Committee,
    • Judiciary Committee Co-Chair (2012)
    • Bench Bar Committee Co-Chair (2011)
    • Presidential Citation, Dallas Bar Association (2011)
    • Dallas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Member, Dallas Commitee for a Qualified Judiciary         
  • Master, Higginbotham Inn of Court
    • Executive Committee
  • AV Preeminent® Rating with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation (2016)
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyer, Law & Politics, as published in Texas Monthly (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Recognized Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Recognized, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Law & Politics, as published in Texas Monthly (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Recognized, Lawdragon 500 - New Stars New Worlds in 2006, Lawdragon Magazine
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine (2002)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Dallas Young Lawyers Association (DYLA) Foundation
  • Member, State Bar Committee on Administration of Rule of Evidence (2008-2012)
    • Subcommittee Chair, Technology
  • Member, Leadership Dallas Alumni Association
  • Member, Association of Attorney Mediators

Community Activities

  • Member, Inaugural Class of 2011-2012, Leadership DISD
  • Volunteer, Austin Street Shelter
  • Former Board Member, Lakewood Service League
  • Methodist Church of Dallas
  • Band Member, Black Dirt Tango

Publications

  • Supporting Women is Good Business – Texas Lawyer – 10/2014 – Co-Author
  • Spam, Spam and More Spam – 5 No. 7 E-Commerce L. Rep. 5 – 05/2011 – Author
  • When Businesses Hire Lawyers, Gender Matters – Texas Lawyer – 10/2010
  • Electronic Evidence and Discovery - It's a Whole New World – Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, University of Houston Law Foundation CLE – 01/2007 – Author
  • Electronic Evidence and Discovery - The Law of Electronic Discovery – Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, University of Houston Law Foundation CLE – 01/2007 – Author
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Speeches

  • Arbitration Trends: What's Happening Now! – Advanced Trial Strategies Course 2016 – 02/2016 – Speaker
  • Civility and Ethics - Are They the Same Thing? "Incivility's Top Ten!" – The Northern District of Texas, Bench Bar Conference – 01/2016 – Panelist
  • UT Law's Winning at Deposition – Skills and Strategy Conference – 09/2015 – Speaker
  • How Do You Win In Arbitration? – State Bar College Summer School, Galveston, TX – 07/2015 – Speaker
  • What Should I Do in Arbitration and What Do I Do If I Don't Like the Result? – Advanced Trial Strategies Course 2015 – 02/2015 – Speaker
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Other

  • Security and Protecting Sensitive Information – World Business Review – 01/2003 – Interview
  • Congress Set to Grind Up Spam – DFW TechBiz – 07/2001 – Quoted
  • Cybercrime: Are You At Risk? – AIP Lecture Series, SMU Hart eCenter, Dallas Morning News – 03/2001 – Panelist
  • Cyberslander – Electronic Business Today- reprinted in Electronic Consumer Magazine – 03/2001 – Quoted
  • Cyberslander – Electronic Business Today, reprinted in Electronic Consumer Magazine – 03/2001 – Quoted
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