Stefani Carter

Attorney / Shareholder

Attorney Stefani Carter

A Harvard-educated attorney, Stefani has spent nearly fifteen years practicing law in a variety of settings – from Big Law to a District Attorney’s Office to smaller firms – and she has handled cases in state and federal courts, addressing a broad range of business-related disputes, including energy-related matters, contract claims, real estate matters, lender/borrower disputes, and fraud and other business torts.  Stefani is also a two-term Texas state house representative.

A top-notch senior litigation attorney with trial experience, having tried more than 70 cases to a jury, Stefani is experienced with legal research and writing as well as all aspects of discovery and motion-writing practice. In addition, Stefani serves on the boards of directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: BHR) and Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust (NASDAQ: WHLR), making her also experienced with issues involving corporate governance and SEC compliance.

Stefani earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Journalism degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

Attorney Stefani Carter


2500 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 600

Plano, TX 75093


Stefani Carter



Juris Doctor, June 2005
• Thesis: Soft Right: A Life of Empowerment and Community
• Subciter, Journal on Legislation
• Author, “Tuition Tax Credits,” Journal on Legislation

Master in Public Policy, June 2005
• Chair, Harvard Association for Law and Policy

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Journalism, June 2001
• Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Representative Engagements


  • Represented a large oil and gas producer on litigation issues
  • Represented third-party administrator on insurance coverage issues
  • Assisted a client with a dispute over a sizable investment and allegations of breach of contract and fraud; revised complex settlement agreement which resulted in the return of the client’s investment
  • Represented and advised business clients including Berkshire Hathaway-owned Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Dallas-based full-service event planning company, and owner of a construction business in litigation, policy, and regulatory and compliance matters
  • Negotiated, drafted, and reviewed contracts, including commercial leases
  • Assisted small and large businesses (Fortune 300), and individuals, in various industries including representing a natural gas company in complex litigation involving the Barnett Shale
  • Worked with a real estate investment trust (REIT) on distinct legal entities and theories related to single employer, joint employer, and agency and on punitive damages
  • Defended REIT-owned apartment building against allegations of mold
  • Drafted winning No-Evidence Motion for Summary Judgment in an employment litigation case
  • Directed and coordinated expert witness in a litigation matter
  • Defended one of the world’s largest publicly traded full-service real estate investment trust (REIT) companies in breach of contract disputes
  • Worked directly with outside counsel of multi-billion-dollar corporation on numerous products liability matters involving tractor-trailers
  • Performed early case assessment to identify and explore legal strategies to develop litigation plans and budgets
  • Successfully defended clients against motions for summary judgment related to alleged contract-related and fraud defenses
  • Argued before courts in over seventy trials on behalf of the State of Texas
  • Successfully prosecuted and obtained convictions for numerous victims of assault and theft
  • Coordinated expert witness in litigation matters


Admitted to Practice


  • State Bar of Texas