Carol C. Payne

Carol C. Payne

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC
 | 3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 2000
Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: 214-599-4000
Fax: 214-599-4099
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1993
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (70%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Carol helps businesses and individuals solve their commercial legal problems, everything from addressing disputes before a lawsuit is filed to aggressively pursuing full-blown litigation and trials.  A lawyer for more than 20 years, Carol is experienced, creative, tough and prepared.  She understands the importance of each case to her clients, and she approaches each case with the same focus, intensity, determination and sheer will to win that has served her well since the beginning.  As a former big-firm lawyer, she knows how to provide high-quality legal services, but through a small-firm boutique platform that emphasizes personal service, responsiveness, and value.

Carol handles a wide variety of business-related disputes in state and federal courts, in Texas and around the country, including contract claims, real estate matters, lender/borrower disputes, fraud and other business torts, construction and energy-related matters.  She also has significant experience representing lawyers and law firms, and she has successfully defended lawsuits for professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, and disqualification. 

Before joining Estes Okon Thorne & Carr, PLLC, Carol was a partner for almost 10 years with Vinson & Elkins LLP.  She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation every year since 2006, and she was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2015.  She is a former Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Professional Liability Litigation Committee. She is also a former member of the Texas State Bar's Standing Committee on the Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, which makes recommendations to the Texas Supreme Court.  Carol is active in the Dallas Bar Association and she is currently a Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee.

About Carol Payne

Admitted: 1993, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.estesthornecarr.com/attorney_bio.cfm?bioid=11

Honors and Awards:

  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2011
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2009
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2008
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2007
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2006
  • Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Standing Committee Member: Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, State Bar of Texas, 2007 - 2013
  • Fellow: American Bar Foundation
  • Chair: Professional Liability Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, 2005 - 2008; Attorney Liability Sub-Committee, Professional Liability Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, 2002 - 2005

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founder: Vinson & Elkins' Veterans Initiative, which provides pro bono legal services to current and former members of the United States military. This program was recognized in 2009 when Vinson & Elkins was awarded the State Bar of Texas' W. Frank Newton Award for outstanding pro bono services

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1993 and 1994

Educational Background:

  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1993 (Senior Notes & Comments Editor, Baylor Law Review; Baylor's ABA Moot Court Team; Baylor's National Mock Trial Team; National Order of Barristers) The University of Texas, B.B.A., 1987 The University of Texas, B.S. with honors, 1986

Industry Groups

  • General Business
  • Real Estate
Office Location for Carol C. Payne

3811 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Suite 2000
Dallas, TX 75219

 

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Last Updated: 6/5/2018

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