Amy M. Stewart

Partner

Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 2000
Dallas, Texas 75219
Direct Dial: 214.599.4006
astewart@estesthornecarr.com
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Practice Areas

  • Labor Arbitrations
  • Employment Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Insurance Bad Faith Defense
  • Premise Liability Defense
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Mediation/ADR

Practice Emphasis

Amy has represented Fortune 500 companies, medium and small businesses, insurers, major retailers, manufacturers, and property owners in a wide range of litigation matters, including cases involving employment and labor issues, breach of fiduciary duties, contract damages, negligence, property damages, and personal injury claims.  Prior to attending law school, Amy was an assistant women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, Wake Forest University, and later at Tulane University.  Based on these experiences, Amy understands the importance of creating long term relationships with clients based on teamwork and open and honest communication.

Amy has handled cases in both federal and state courts throughout the State of Texas and has handled employment related arbitrations across the country. Some of Amy’s successful actions in this area are listed below.

  • Represented insurer in an ERISA matter which was successfully resolved on summary judgment.
  • Represents international food service provider in employment related arbitrations across the country.
  • Defended major retailer in premise liability and negligence matter which was successfully resolved through mediation.
  • Defended national manufacturer in multi-million dollar property damage and personal injury lawsuit in Virginia.  
  • Defended international chemical manufacturer in multi-million dollar property damage and personal injury lawsuits in Minnesota and South Carolina.
  • Represented international chemical manufacturer in a fiduciary duty and negligence action against former legal counsel.
  • Represented national window manufacturer against property damage and personal injury claims.
  • Represents national retailers in premise liability and negligence actions.
  • Represents insurers and insureds against personal injury lawsuits. 
  • Represented regional bank in lawsuit arising from fraud and breach of fiduciary duty related claims from flood damage insurance coverage to real property.
  • Represented international manufacturer of truck tractor engines in several wrongful death actions in federal and state courts across Texas.
  • Gary M. Kornman v. Dennis S. Faulkner, (District Court, Dallas County, Case No. DC-10-08489)—Served as first chair in a two-day bench trial representing a bankruptcy trustee in an asset evaluation case pursuant to the Texas Property Code, where Plaintiff alleged that certain property was exempt from turnover for the payment of a $10 million judgment previously entered in a bankruptcy matter, Dennis S. Faulkner v. Gary M. Kornman, 413 B.R. 438 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2009).  The Court entered judgment in the Trustee’s favor.
  • Represented various financial institutions in wrongful foreclosure and breach of promissory note actions.  Most matters were resolved via motions for summary judgment or alternative dispute resolution.
  • Represented Fortune 500 food industry clients in cases involving claims of sexual harassment, race, national origin, and disability discrimination with successful outcomes.

Education and Certifications

J. D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2006

  • Law Review
  • Associate Editor, 2005-06

B. A., Speech Communication, Wake Forest University, 1994

  • Team Captain, Women’s Basketball Team, 1994
  • Academic All American, Black Collegian Magazine, 1994

Prior Work Experience

  • Senior Associate, White & Wiggins, LLP
  • Associate, Bickel & Brewer
  • Associate, Cox Smith
  • Associate, Markland Hanley, Dallas
  • Judicial Extern for Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson, United States District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2005)

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Affiliations

  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers (2015, 2016)
  • Recognized, Texas Rising Star (2014, 2015)
  • Recognized, Top Attorneys in Texas, Texas Monthly (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2015)
  • Association of Title IX Administrators - Civil Rights Investigator Level One
  • Member, Class of Leadership America, the longest running national women’s leadership development program in the U.S. (2014)
  • Co-Chair, ABA’s Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee (2010 - Present)
  • ABA Section of Litigation, Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for the Business Torts Committee Award Recipient (2012)
  • Council Member, State Bar of Texas Litigation Council (2012 – Present)
  • Contributing Editor, Texas Business Litigation Journal (2009 - Present)
  • State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Litigation Update, Business and Commercial Law (2014)

Community Activities

  • Participant, Bridging the Gap Food Program, Fellowship Bible Church (2012- Present)
  • Panelist, Celebrating Our Freedoms: Civil Rights and Civic Responsibilities, Dallas Independent School District (2011)
  • Co-coordinator, ABA Section of Litigation, Woman Advocate Expo which collected and donated apparel to the Dress for Success Charity that empowers low income women who are struggling to secure and retain employment (2011)

Publications

  • Expert Case Law Review – Texas Business Litigation Journal, Vol. 36, Number 4 – 10/2014
  • Fifth Circuit Makes Erie Guess on New Anti-SLAPP Statute's Commercial Speech Exemption – ABA Section of Litigation Business Torts News and Developments – 05/2014
  • Texas Court of Appeals Holds that a Former Employer’s Accusations that Employee Stole Trade Secrets is Defamatory Per Se – ABA Section of Litigation Business Torts News and Developments – 11/2012
  • Fifth Circuit Looks at Claims Handling v. Procurement – ABA Section of Litigation Business Torts News and Developments – 05/2012
  • Texas Court of Appeals Refuses to Extend Architect’s Contractual Duty to Protect Third Parties – ABA Section of Litigation Business Torts News and Development – 11/2011
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Speeches

  • Dealing With Difficult Witnesses: Yours and Theirs – ABA Section of Litigation - Annual Conference, New Orleans – 04/2015 – Author and Presenter
  • Can I Get a Witness? An Overview of Practical Tips, Pitfalls, and Preparation for Corporate Representative Depositions under Rule 30(b)(6) – ABA Section of Litigation - Annual Conference, New Orleans – 04/2015 – Author and Presenter
  • Co-author and Presenter, Business and Commercial Law Update, State Bar of Texas Section of Litigation – 30th Annual Litigation Update Institute – 01/2014

Other

  • Panelist, Lean In For Lawyers – ABA Section of Litigation Annual Convention – 01/2014
  • Moderator, Why Diversity Matters in Rainmaking – ABA Section of Litigation Annual Convention – 01/2013
  • Panelist, When Can a Breach of Contract Be a Tort and What is the Difference? – ABA Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar – 01/2012

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