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Dorothy Kathleen Butler

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Dripping Springs, TX

4.5   27 reviews

also known as Dorothy Lawrence

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Upon earning an LL.M. in Tax Law from the University of Denver, Dorothy Butler decided to settle in Austin, Texas to start her family and law practice.  After her son was born, Dorothy opened her practice from her home in Dripping Springs, allowing her to spend more time with her son.  She works most weekends so that her clients do not have to take off of work to meet with their attorney.  Dorothy also schedules meetings in locations convenient to her clients.  For the convenience of her clients, Dorothy offers both phone consultations as well as in person consultations. She is also willing to travel to meet with clients in more remote counties.  Dorothy welcomes both TLPP and ARAG clients.

Dorothy earned her B.S., B.C.L., and J.D. degrees from Louisiana State University.  Geaux Tigers!  She is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Louisiana.  She is also admitted to practice in the Western District of Texas.  She is a member of the Texas Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, Austin Bar Association, Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, Austin Young Lawyer’s Association, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.  Recently, she was selected as a member of the Austin Bar Association/Austin Young Lawyer’s Association Leadership Academy for the 2014 year.  She was also selected as the first female featured attorney for the Texas Legal Protection Plan.

In her free time, Dorothy is actively involved in music performance in both the greater Austin and greater New Orleans areas.  Most recently, she performed in the Broadway Across America production of West Side Story in both Austin and New Orleans and the Fredericksburg Summer Theatre production of Oliver.  She performs regularly with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra.  She has also performed with Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters and BRIT Award winner Il Divo.  She will be performing in the Broadway Across America production of Wicked in Austin for three weeks in February/March 2014.

Licensed for 13 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2010
Updated 01/15/2023
State LA
Status Eligible to Practice Law
Acquired 2009
Updated 02/18/2023

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Dorothy Butler Law Firm
28515 Ranch Road 12
Dripping Springs, TX, 78620


4.5 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
Posted by Anthony | January 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!
It was a pleasure working with Dorothy Butler Lawrence on a Chapter 7 case. She is a very talented young attorney. The single best thing about her is that she is *very* responsive to e-mail inquiries from clients. She usually responds pretty quickly despite having what appears to be a crazily busy schedule of consults, phone meetings, court appearances, and travel to and from court. She navigated us through the process and made everything pretty easy to deal with. She was a real life saver!
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Posted by Jason | February 4, 2015
Excellent choice
Dorothy has helped me with a divorce and a bankruptcy. With each case she was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Dorothy was reassuring and helped me see everything was going to get worked out. I am extremely happy with her work and her professional attitude. If the time ever arises when I need legal advice or counsel Dorothy Butler will be the only one I call on.
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Posted by Kelly | January 31, 2015
Happy client!!
Mrs. Butler was very understanding, very efficient, and very knowledgeable regarding my bankruptcy case. She made me feel very comfortable throughout the process and always had time to answer my many questions!!! :)
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2013
Dorothy Butler Review
Dorothy was very knowledgable about the different aspects of family law. She made me feel very comforatble about going through the divorce process and never hesitated to answer my questions right away. I would definitely recommend her in the future!
Posted by THOMAS | July 31, 2013
Posted by Matthew | July 2, 2013
Great Traffic Miracle Lawyer!!
I would always recommend Dorothy. She has saved me from countless headaches. I lived 10 hours away in La from where I got my ticket in West Texas. Dorothy had taken care of it promptly, and I never missed a day of work by not having to deal with the court. Now I have it taken care of, and my driving record is clean. Thanks Dorothy!
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Posted by Elizabeth meszaros | May 7, 2013
Dorothy Butler tax preparation services
Dorothy Butler was extremely responsive and meticulous in preparing my tax return, which was more complicated than most due to my self employed status. I would recommend her to anyone who requires assistance with their taxes without hesitation, and plan on enlisting her help next year.
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2013
She is awesome
Dorothy is such a great lawyer. She always took the time to answer my questions no matter how trivial. It was really a pleasure having her as my lawyer.
Posted by Laverne | May 5, 2013
Turns Tax Tears into Tax Cheers
After making a dreadful tax mistake for 2011 taxes, I turned to Dorothy for tax advise and tax prep. Her calm, upbeat and supportive manner, left me feeling reassured. The result was a more stress free tax season and much lower payment to IRS than I expected. Thanks, Dorothy.
Posted by Philip | May 2, 2013
a good experience
The session went very smoothly and efficiently but the best part it was comfortable.
Posted by clistina | May 2, 2013
I can contact my attorney with any questions and she has the answers and if she doesn't she will find the answer and get right back with you. She is efficient, courteous and professional and she is very trustworthy.
Posted by Ralph | December 26, 2012
An extremely responsive & knowledgaeable team
I didn't work with Ms. Butler very much, I did most of my correspondence with her assistant, a Ms. Richardson, however Ms. Richardson responded to absolutely every e-mail I sent her. She was extremely knowledgeable about almost every question I had for her, and her response time was almost immediate. I was very happy to work with "Dorothy Butler Law Firm" and would recommend them to anybody. My situation was just one involving an "Occupational Driver''s License" and two driving tickets. This law firm was extremely helpful. On the day of my court appearance the judge signed off on all the papers that I was given by Ms. Butler & Ms. Richardson, and she, the judge that is, seemed very pleased as well.
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Posted by Beverly | November 28, 2012
Happy Estate Planner
She was quick to respond to request for meeting, very knowledgeable about the reason we were meeting and she was very expeditious in handling our estate planning and reaching our final conclusion.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2012
Ms. Butler Review
As I marked the ratings on the characterstics of Ms. Butler, she is knowledgeable, trustworth and responsive. She kept me well informed. Overall she is just a very professional lady that values customer service with a smile.
Posted by WILLIAM | May 14, 2012
Posted by Stacy | February 3, 2012
Would recommend her over and over and over and over....
Dorothy was referred by the State Bar referral service & because she seemed genuinely interested in helping me, I hired her immediately. Like so many attorneys, she isn't motivated by the almighty dollar...very refreshing! Luckily the charges against me were dropped before my court date. This obviously isn't a typical outcome but with her phone calls & emails to the prosecutor to explain the unique factors leading up my arrest, I would probably be facing probation, community service & a criminal record. She is the BEST!!!
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Posted by Eli | January 21, 2012
Awesome attorney
Ms. Butler helped us with a bankruptcy matter. Even though she is located in Austin which is several hundred miles from where we live, she was wonderful. We were always able to contact her and her response time whether it be via phone, text, or email was always very prompt. She was able to help us with an acceptable plan, and relieved so many fears and concerns that we had. Thanks to Ms. Butler we are able to breathe easier. Regardless of the distance that separates us, our communication was very strong via other methods than face to face. I am greatly satisfied with this attorney and highly recommend her to anybody whether local or out of the area. Ms. Butler also did an estate planning with us and now we feel 100% secure that everything will be handled perfect when a situation arises that we would need that plan. She is awesome! We will most definately use her again should the need arise.
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Posted by Laura | January 19, 2012
Estate and bankruptcy
I had such a difficult case, but Dorothy was fantastic and helped me when I didn't know what or how to handle the difficult situation I was in. She's personable, fun, and very informative. I would totally recommend her to anyone!
Posted by Josh | July 5, 2011
Our advocate
Ms. Butler was hired to represent us in a dispute with the local appraisal district regarding a property tax appraisal. She was attentive to our questions or concerns, obtained the information necessary to strengthen our case, and presented her information in a professional manner at our hearing before the review board. So thorough was her preparation and presentation that fellow citizen members of the appraisal review board were shaking their heads at the case presented by the district's representative. She won our case!
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Posted by Rusty | April 22, 2011
My 2010 Taxes
Dorothy Butler does wonderful, wonderful work. She is very responsive, understanding and knowledgeable in the expertise of her work. She is thorough, very timely, and in short I would and will recommend her to everyone I know.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Dorothy Butler Law Firm
  • 2011 - Present


  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • 2009
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • 2008


  • Robert Calvert Inns of Court
  • Associate
  • 2014 - Present
  • Travis County Women Lawyers' Association
  • N/A
  • Austin Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • N/A
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Leadership Academy
  • Austin Bar Association
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Ethics for New Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Austin LGBT Bar Association
  • Tax Issues and DOMA
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Dorothy is a wonderful lawyer to work with. She is very knowledgeable, not only about bankruptcy but several other areas of law. She strives to make each client feel the most comfortable with any legal matter that they are experiencing."
Tax Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dorothy is a wonderful lawyer and person and will do her clients proud."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dorothy is dedicated to helping her clients and has a professional demeanor, with the flexibility to practice all over Texas. I would recommend her to anyone needing a lawyer with diverse practice experience to guide them through the bankruptcy process."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dorothy Butler is sharp, motivated, and has a unique practice structure that enables her to provide statewide representation at reasonable rates. I have referred clients to her with cases pending in multiple jurisdictions and have gotten excellent feedback regarding her services. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dorothy is a lawyer you can trust. She will put your mind at ease as she is very knowledgeable of the bankruptcy process. Dorothy fights hard for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Butler is a skilled and effective attorney. I would recommend her to my closest friends and family."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked with Dorothy for several months in multiple areas of the law. She is extremely diligent, knowledgeable and great with clients. Amidst uncertain situations, Dorothy's clients are reassured by having a competent attorney guide them through the legal process and achieve satisfying results."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dorothy is professional and responsive to clients needs aqnd concerns. She is smart intuitive and has worked well with the clients I have referred to her. I endorse this lawyer."
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Criminal defense