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.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1991||12/20/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Attorney Award||Legal Services of North Texas||1993|
|Patricia-Harris Fellowship||University of Nebraska College of Law||1991|
|Owner/Attorney||Hopkins-Laster Law Office||1993 - Present|
|Litigation Associate||Jackson and Walker||1992 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Denton County Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Licensed Attorney||1991 - Present|
|Better Business Bureau||Accredited Business||2016 - 2017|
|Denton County Chamber of Commerce||Member||2016 - 2017|
|Dallas County Black Chamber of Commerce||Member||2016 - 2017|
|Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce||Member||2016 - 2017|
|National Association of Professional Women||Member||2014 - 2015|
|National Association of Counsel for Children||Member||2014 - 2015|
|Laster v. Thomas, No. 05-15-00253-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 3526 (Tex. App..--Dallas Apr. 6, 2016, no pet. h. )||Dismissed, but established the right of court appointed attorneys in parental termination cases to appeal the nonpayment of their attorney's fees to the Administrative Judge pursuant to Section 26.05 of the Texas Criminal Code|
|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.|
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|Texas Woman's University||Mediation Certificate||40 Hour Mediation Course||2011|
|Notre Dame Law School||International Law||Master of Laws||1993|
|University of Nebraska College of Law||Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||1991|
|University of Nebraska||Political Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||1988|