Stefani Carter

Attorney / Shareholder

Stefani Carter is an experienced trial lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, including energy-related matters, contract claims, real estate matters, business fraud and other business torts. She also is a former assistant district attorney and has tried more than 70 cases to jury verdicts. Stefani was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015 and, in that capacity, developed relationships with state and local officials throughout the State of Texas. In addition to her trial experience, Stefani serves on the boards of directors for Braemar Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., Axos Bank, and Axos Financial, Inc., which gives her a keenly focused perspective on the business needs and requirements of her litigation clients.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Texas
Northern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas

Education

Harvard University, Juris Doctor
Harvard University, Master of Public Policy
University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Journalism

Representative Commercial Litigation Matters

  • 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
  • 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

Employment/Non-Competition
  • Drafted winning No-Evidence Motion for Summary Judgment in an employment litigation case