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Dorothea Elaine Laster

also known as Hopkins-Laster Law Office

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


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



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

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher Michael Schmiedeke

    I have worked with Dorothea on prior cases and found her to be an aggressive advocate for her clients. I would highly recommend her to handle your family law matter.


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  • Leif Hamman

    I endorse this lawyer, because of her keen insight, and the wise advice that she provides.


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Contact info

Hopkins-Laster Law Office

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


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199101/09/2016
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 - 2015
Better Business BureauAccredited Business2014 - 2015
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 Nebraska College of LawPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1988