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For over 25 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.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Mediation: 20%
  4. Arbitration: 20%

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1601 Elm Street Suite 3000
Dallas, TX, 75201

Estes Okon Thorne & Carr PLLC

3811 Turtle Creek Blvd Ste 2000
Dallas, TX, 75219-4453



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198907/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyersD Magazine2016
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2016
Texas Super LawyersTexas Monthly2015
Top 50 Women Texas Super LawyersThomson Reuters2015
Top 100 2015 Dallas/Fort Worth Super LawyersThomson Reuters2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Martindale-Hubbell Peer RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Rated Lawyer in TexasMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2014
Texas Super LawyersTexas Monthly2014
Top Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Women Leaders in LawD CEO2014
Top Attorneys in TexasTexas Monthly2013
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersLexisNexis2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Texas Top 50 Women LawyersThomson Reuters2013
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly2013
Best Lawyers in DallasD Magazine2013
Texas Top Rated LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 50 Women Attorneys in TexasThomson Reuters2012
Top 100 AttorneyTexas Monthly2012
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Texas Super LawyerThomson Reuters2012
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Lawdragon 500 New Stars New Worlds in 2006Lawdragon2006
Top 50 Women Lawyers in TexasN/A2006
Texas Super LawyerN/A2006
Texas Super LawyerN/A2005
Texas Super LawyerN/A2004
Texas Super LawyerN/A2003
Best Lawyers Under 40N/A2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasFellowN/A
Dallas Bar FoundationLife FellowN/A
Dallas Association of Young LawyersFellowN/A
Association of Attorney-MediatorsMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownSpam, Marketing and Pop-Up Ads2003
E-Commerce Law ReportSpam, Spam and More Spam2003
Dallas-Fort Worth TechBizCourt Rules in Favor of Triggers2001
Dallas-Fort Worth TechBizFaites-vous Yahoo!? Part 22001
Dallas-Fort Worth TechBizFaites-vous Yahoo!?2001
Dallas-Fort Worth TechBizDon't Use Trademarked Names as Keywords in a Metatag2000
Texas LawyerEra of Spam May Be Drawing to a Close2000
Dallas-Fort Worth TechBizEra of Spam May Be Drawing to a Close2000
Dallas-Fort Worth TechBizEvaluate Your (Stock) Options Closely2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Marys University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
St Mary's University of San Antonio School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IT and Internet Law WorkshopDos and Don'ts of IT Contracts2003
Dallas Bar Association Computer Law SectionHow to Handle Spam2003
Computer and Technology Showcase, Plano Convention CenterManaging Legal Risk2003
The Association for Women in CommunicationPrivacy, Libel and Legal Intrigue in the Internet Age2002
The Executive Toolbox, Live BroadcastSuccessful IT Contracts — How to Avoid Lawsuits When Acquiring IT2002
Live National Satellite BroadcastPracticing Law on the Internet: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Due Diligence Issues2001
Dallas Convention CenterLitigation and Privacy Issues in Cyberspace2001
KRLD’s Technology Law BriefUnknown2001
Southern Methodist UniversityManaging Intellectual Capital in an Electronic World2001
Dallas Convention CenterTexas Technology Showcase: The Internet on Trial2000
President's Forum of Houston, The Entrepreneurship InstituteFrom Bricks and Mortar to Click and Order2000
Edwin L. Cox School of BusinessManaging Intellectual Capital in an Electronic World2000
Southern Methodist University School of Lawe-Commerce Survival Course2000
Advanced High Tech Litigation SeminarArbitration - Discovery Strategy and Impact on Litigation2000
International Quality & Productivity CenterDevising Business Continuity Strategies1999
Institute for International ResearchDevising Year 2000 Business Contingency Strategies1999
Dallas County Council of Republican WomenManaging Year 2000 Issues1999
Tarrant County Bar Association, 6th Annual BlackstonManaging Year 2000 Issues for You and Your ClientsN/A
ITEC ConferenceManaging Legal and Business Risk in Today’s Electronic World: Are You Ready?N/A