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Dorothea Elaine Laster

Dorothea Elaine Laster

also known as Hopkins-Laster Law Office

Practice areas:

Family, Litigation

About Me

Attorney and Owner, Dorothea Laster, B.S, J.D., LL.M., was born Dorothea “Dorrie” Hopkins in Omaha Nebraska in 1962. She attended the University of Nebraska and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science in 1988.  She was a Patricia-Harris Fellow at the University of Nebraska-College of Law where she graduated with Distinction in 1991.  Dorothea Laster attended the University of Notre Dame’s London, England Campus and earned her LL.M. Degree in International Law in 1993, graduating Cum Laude. 


Ms. Laster founded Hopkins-Laster Law Office in Dallas, Texas in 1993.  Since that time she has strived to provide aggressive and effective representation for her clients.


Ms. Laster is a trained mediator, having earned her mediator certification in 2011 from the Texas Woman's University.    


Ms. Laster also served for seven years in the Signal and Adjutant General Corps in the Nebraska Army National Guard and the Tennessee Army Reserves beginning in 1982.  Ms. Laster earned a commission as a Reserve Army Officer in 1987. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Family: 65%
    23 years
  2. Litigation: 35%
    23 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

59 total 

  • Sherrie Haussner Travers

    I highly endorse Ms. Laster. After reading numerous responses she has posted on AVVO, I have come to recognize that she has a common sense approach to family law...much like my own. She is well respected, both by judges and by fellow lawyers. I would not hesitate referring clients to her. I am certain she will handle the case with compassion and the highest degree of competence.


    Sherrie Travers Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Fran Brochstein

    I endorse this lawyer. I have read her many posts on AVVO.COM and I like her approach as well as her thoughtful & well-reasoned comments. Any attorney willing to answer questions for free is someone that you should consider hiring.


    Fran Brochstein Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Hopkins-Laster Law Office

2002 S. Stemmons Fwy.
Suite. 240
Lake Dallas, TX, 75065


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199105/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono Attorney AwardLegal Services of North Texas1993
Patricia-Harris FellowshipUniversity of Nebraska College of Law1991

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner/AttorneyHopkins-Laster Law Office1993 - Present
Litigation AssociateJackson and Walker1992 - 1993

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Professional WomenMember2014 - Present
Better Business BureauAccredited Business2014 - Present
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenMember2014 - Present
Denton County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
State Bar of TexasLicensed Attorney1991 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In Re N.L.T, A Child, 011514 TXCA5, 05-13-00692-CV, 420 S.W.3d 469 (Tex. App. --Dallas 2014)Trial Court Judgment was Reversed and Remanded by the Fifth Dallas Court of Appeals. Appeal was succesful based upon the facts of client's case. Client won a new trial.
In Re M.T., A Child, 011514, TXCA5, 05-13-00693-CV, 420 S.W.3d 469 (Tex. App. --Dallas 2014)Trial Judgment of Termination was Reversed and Remanded by Fifth Dallas Court of Appeals. Appeal was successful based upon the specific facts of client's case. Client won a new trial.
Halupka, et al v. Federal Express, 4:03-cv-00350-PNBJudgment for client Halupka against Defendant FedEx

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Texas Woman's UniversityMediation Certificate40 Hour Mediation Course2011
Notre Dame Law SchoolInternational LawMaster of Laws1993
University of Nebraska College of LawLawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)1991
University of NebraskaPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1988