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 from 2003 - 2017. 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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