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Dorothy G Bunce

About me

     Anyone of us can face tough times, and if you need legal help, you may want to find someone who can relate to your problems and won't judge you.

     I understand what it is like to have financial problems, since my husband is disabled and hasn't been able to work for the past 10 years.

     I am the mother to 4 wild & crazy Papillon dogs, Oreo, the Daddy, & his 2 puppies, Alfie (the Alpha Male) and Brownie, the hoodlum, who has to wear a hoodie because she lost her fur coat to thyroid disease.  Unfotunately, Gigi, the Mommy, died this past summer from a disease that destroyed her platelets.  We recently took Cody into our home from a local breeder, and as the baby, he has allowed Alfie to form his own pack.

     I moved to Las Vegas from Reno in 1993 and have been in private practice handing consumer debt problems with A Fresh Start since 1999.  I handled my first Bankruptcy case in Reno back in 1979.

     In 2007, I realized that I was digging my own grave with a fork, leaving me with diabetes, hypertension & high cholesterol.  So I had weight loss surgery & have lost more than 100 lbs.  I now work out at the gym every chance I get (so if I don't answer the phone, I may be down the block at the Athletic Club 8 blocks away from the office). 

     But I do return all my phone messages & seldom stay at the gym for more than 30 minutes.  So if you get my voice mail or if my assistant tells you I am out of the office, please leave me your phone number.

     And for my existing clients - please leave me your phone number!  Although I have your number at the office, if I am over at the courthouse & get a message from you, I will not be able to return your call unless you give me the number!


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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 65%
    35 years, 7.7 thousand cases
  2. Chapter 13: 15%
    19 years, 1.8 thousand cases
  3. Debt Settlement: 10%
    7 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  4. Foreclosure: 5%
    10 years, 600 cases
  5. Bankruptcy: 5%
    31 years, 600 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Aaron Michael Lloyd

    It is evident Ms. Bunce has a clear understanding of bankruptcy law. Her answer's on AVVO are consistently on point. She regularly explains complex bankruptcy issues in a simplistic manner appropriate for a consumer focused public forum. I endorse Attorney Bunce.


    Aaron Lloyd Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Angela Williams Seymour

    I endorse Ms. Bunce. While I am relatively new to the Q&A section of Avvo, I must say I have been so impressed by the time Ms. Bunce devotes to answering user questions. Her answers are always thoughtful, complete and on point. Ms. Bunce obviously knows bankruptcy law. Her Las Vegas clients are a fortunate group to have the benefit of her expertise in this field. And, the Avvo community and users are fortunate to have such an avid participate on the site!


    Angela Seymour Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

2037 Franklin Ave
Las Vegas, NV, 89104


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Bankruptcy Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2014
Top Lawyers in Southern NevadaVegas Inc.2014
Top Lawer in Southern NevadaVegas Inc2012
2011 Bankruptcy Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2011
2010 Bankruptcy Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review2010
First 100 Women Admitted to Practice Law in NevadaAmerican Bar Association1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyA Fresh Start1997 - Present
ResearcherNevada Attorney for Injured Worker1993 - 1996
AttorneyLaw Office of Dorothy Bunce1978 - 1991
Trust AgentNevada National Bank1978 - 1978
Legal InternPeoples National Bank1977 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Southern Nevada Association of Bankruptcy AttorneysMember1999 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of NevadaMember1979 - Present
State Bar of NevadaMember1978 - Present
Lawyers Concerned for LawyersTreasurer1998 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Eliminating Tax Debt of $450,062.43 for $920!Eliminated over $449,000 in IRS debt! Whoo Hoo!
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Publication nameTitleDate
SelfThe 5 Things You Must Never Do if You Want to File Bankruptcy2010
SelfGuide to Chapter 7 Bankrupcy1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy ForumBankruptcyCLE2011
Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy ForumN/ACLE2009
Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy ForumN/ACLE2008
Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy ForumN/ACLE2007
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)Public Speaking & DebateBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Don of the LawCredit Repair2011
Interview - Wakeup With the WagnersLienstripping - Removing Second Mortgages2009
In Business Las VegasLienstripping2008