Stefani Carter

Practice Areas

  • Commercial/Business Litigation
  • Regulatory Compliance

Stefani focuses her legal practice primarily on litigating complex commercial cases.

Between 2011 and 2015, Stefani served two terms as Texas State Representative for District 102, which includes parts of Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Addison. During that time and in the two years since she left public office, Stefani was a principal at her own law firm, where she managed a civil litigation practice and counseled clients in various regulatory matters.

Additionally, Stefani has worked as of counsel with Pryor & Bruce, a litigation associate with Sayles Werbner, a prosecutor at the Collin County District Attorney’s Office, and a litigation associate with Vinson & Elkins.

Since 2013, Stefani has also served on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: BHR) (formerly Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (NYSE: AHP)), a publicly traded luxury lodging company whose hotel and hospitality assets are valued at $1.4 billion.

Experience and Expertise

Stefani has experience in the following areas:

Breach of contract claims

Breach of fiduciary duty claims

Product liability claims

Tortious interference with contract

Negligent misrepresentation and fraud claims


Electronic discovery


Government and public policy

Education And Certifications

J.D., Harvard Law School (2005)

  • Subciter, Journal on Legislation
  • Author, “Tuition Tax Credits,” Journal on Legislation

M.P.P., Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2005)

B.A., Government, University of Texas at Austin, with honors (2001)

B.J., Print Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, with honors (2001)


State Bar of Texas

United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


Member, State Bar of Texas

Member, Dallas Bar Association

Member, Dallas Women Lawyers Association

Member, J. L. Turner Legal Association

Former Member, Patrick Higginbotham Inn of Court

Community Activities

Former State Representative, Texas House of Representatives, District 102 (2011-2015)

Former Board Member, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Patron Member, Harvard Club of Dallas

Former Board Member, Neighborhood Service Council

Independent Director, Braemar Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: BHR)

Annual Speaker, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government

Prior Work Experience

Principal, Stefani Carter & Associates, LLP (2011-2017)

Of Counsel, Pryor & Bruce (2012-2013)

Associate, Sayles Werbner (2008-2011)

Prosecutor, Collin County District Attorney’s Office (2007-2008) Misdemeanor Division

Associate, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Dallas (2005-2007) Trial Section