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Carl Dore
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  • Real Estate

  • Oil, Gas & Mineral Interests Law

  • Litigation

  • Accounts Receivable

  • Contracts

  • Business Organizations

  • Business and Commercial Law

After working for a decade as a petroleum engineer, Carl established a law firm practice more than 35 years ago that focuses on Real Estate and Oil & Gas, as well as litigation in those areas. He is a frequent speaker and writer on developments in the law that impact business decision-makers and entrepreneurs. These same business folks have allowed a transition to include other areas of law, including estate planning, probate, and lots of transactional work. As a result, our firm routinely helps form new limited liability companies and other corporate structures. Carl's experience in commercial collections and lien preparation for contractors and oil & gas service companies is second to none. Clients rely on his varied business background for all types of out-of-the-box advice. Carl and Tamra also own Katy Budget Books, a local Katy fixture for 40 years. That small business experience colors much of what we do and how we do it in this law firm. Carl truly believes he is the luckiest guy around!


And now some of my own thoughts: My wife typically tells all her friends that she married an engineer with no social skills. I freely admit she might be right. Which is why I love it when something breaks around the house, giving me the chance to declare “I’m an engineer, I can fix anything!” And that is when she rolls her eyes and calls the plumber-electrician-handyman to stand by.


But you’re probably reading this in your own search to find someone who understands that hiring an attorney can be scary, and maybe a little intimidating. Since I wasn’t always an attorney, I still remember wondering if that person really knew my concerns about costs, billings, procedures, judges, strategy, the opposing counsel, etc., etc. Before Google, we had to rely on either Yellow Pages or recommendations of friends to find someone. Today, it's this bio stuff that lawyers post about themselves like this, or online reviews. But word of mouth is still good. And recommendations and referrals from other lawyers are especially nice. I’m really proud that the most significant part of our new clients come from referrals from other lawyers.


So more about me and this firm: I love being a lawyer. I love working with people to handle some of their hardest problems and hurdles that life seems to throw at us. I love it when we hire a new attorney or paralegal who feels the same way, and who understands that it's an honor when someone engages us to assist in these hurdles. For fun stuff, my wife and I ride a tandem bicycle in lots of fun places. My garden is fantastic, except in the dead of summer when only okra can grow. My grandkids are even more fantastic. Wanna trade photos?


  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Texas

  • Board Certified: Commercial Real Estate Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Board Certified: Residential Real Estate Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization


Bar Admissions:

  • State of Texas, 1988

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1989

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas



  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1988; J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1986

  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1977
    B.S., Petroleum Engineering



  • Oil, Gas & Mineral Interests

  • Real Estate

  • Accounts Receivable and Liens

Lisa Rothberg joined Doré Rothberg McKay in 2012. She earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to practice in Texas in 2010. Lisa earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 2006.


Lisa began her legal career as an oil and gas title attorney and now focuses on complex commercial business transactions in the energy, construction, and real estate industries. Lisa’s practice involves the analysis, preparation, and perfection of security interests in both real and personal property, with a specialty in perfecting security interests in oil and gas properties. She files lien claims on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers throughout the country and is familiar with the procedural nuances that exist from state to state, in addition to complex issues involving lien priority and waiver. Lisa also has substantial experience in business bankruptcy matters, particularly in the energy industry, including analyzing and determining priority disputes for creditors and on behalf of unsecured creditor committees.


Lisa’s energy practice includes drafting, reviewing and negotiating documents for property owners, oilfield service companies, drilling contractors, and E&P companies. She has negotiated and drafted oil and gas leases and assignments, purchase sale agreements, joint operating agreements, farmouts, master service agreements, production sharing agreements, drilling contracts and title opinions. Lisa also handles real estate matters, such as title and escrow, real estate contracts, deeds, leases, HOA issues, boundary disputes, easements, and wrongful liens.

Lisa currently leads the transactional section for Dore Rothberg McKay.

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas, 2010



  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 2010 – J.D.

  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 2006 – B.S.

  • Major: Political Science

  • Minor: English


Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Houston Bar Association

  • Houston Young Lawyers Association

  • American Bar Association

B. Doré
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Brent Doré joined the law firm in 2020. He previously worked for Harris, Finley & Bogle PC in Fort Worth. Brent is an experienced litigator, including oil & gas disputes and complex fiduciary litigation. He also oversees the firm's estate planning & probate section. He is an accomplished legal writer, with publications in the Texas A&M Law Review, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and Parker County Today. Inducted into The Order of the Coif and the National Order of Scribes, he is licensed to practice in all Texas courts and the Northern District of Texas.

Brent Doré focuses on serving our clients in West Texas, North Texas and Oklahoma. He has lived and worked  in Fort Worth for two decades with his wife, Julie, and their three children. Brent serves on the Board of Directors for two local charities as well as the the Texas Aggie Bar Association. When not helping his clients, he can be found working coaching youth sports, reading, or continuing his quest to find the best BBQ in Texas.


​Bar Admissions:

  • The State of Texas, 2016

  • Federal Court, Northern District of Texas, 2018


  • J.D., Texas A&M Law School, Fort Worth, Texas, Summa Cum Laude 2016

    • Texas A&M Law Review, Symposia Editor​

  • M.A., Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, 2011

  • B.A., Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 2007


Publications and Presentations 

  • Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick: Examining the Intersection of the Accommodation Doctrine and Groundwater Rights Through the Lens of Lubbock v. Coyote Lake Ranch, LLC, 3 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 853 (2016) 

  • Professional Liability Update, Texas Association of Defense Counsel (2017-2020) 


Additional Highlights 

  • Board Member, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County (2018-present) 

  • Board Member, Texas Aggie Bar Association (2013-present)

    • President, 2022 - 2023 

  • Board Member, Fortress Youth Development Center (2019-present)

  • Top Attorney, 360 West Magazine (2019, 2023)

  • Associate, Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of Court 

  • Member, State Bar of Texas 

  • Member, Tarrant County Bar Association 

    • Committee Chair, Transition to Practice Committee (2017-2019)

  • Member, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association 

  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel 

  • Member, Fort Worth Wildcatters

  • Youth Sports Coach, YMCA of Fort Worth & Westside Little League

  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America 


  • Litigation

  • Real Estate

  • Oil, Gas & Mineral Interests Law

  • Business Organizations

  • Estate Planning & Probate

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