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Dorothy Ann Bartholomew

Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Dorothy

Learn Dorothy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    33%

    29 years, 7,500 cases

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    33%

    29 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    33%

    29 years, 3,000 cases

  4. Other
    1%

Dorothy Bartholomew has been practicing law for over 25 years and has filed more than 8,300 bankruptcy cases.  As a debt relief agency, she limits her practice to consumer bankruptcy and is dedicated to helping you and your family achieve a fresh start by alleviating your financial burdens.

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Location

Law Office Of Dorothy A Bartholomew
5310 12th Street East Suite C
Tacoma, WA, 98424-2772

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Dorothy is the best
She is a wonderful person besides being a great lawyer!!!! I have used her in the past and have recommended people to her who have always been completely satisfied.
Posted by Julie | July 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!!
Me and my husband went through Dorothy for our bankruptcy. We always thought going through a bankruptcy would be super stressful, but they made it a stress free process and pretty darn easy! Everyone in the office is super nice and are eager to answer your questions. Going through court was a breeze, which I though was going to be the hardest part!! I definitely recommend Dorothy!
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Posted by Elvis & Shirlie | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Noble Family
Dorothy and her staff were extremely helpful in the process of processing and filing of our banko. Her staff demonstrated great customer service and knowledge of the whole process. We are very thankful for her staff!
Posted by Michael | September 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My "Life changing experience with Mrs. Dorothy Bartholomew and Staff!"
Approximately the 3.5 years ago I filed for a new start through bankruptcy with the assistance of Mrs. Bartholomew and her staff. I'm happy I had this experience along with the classes on how to not get myself in that position again. I'm a medically retired ARMY Infantry soldier who needed a fresh start. I had a wife with a child on the way and was in a very dark place in my life because of past choices. I take full responsibility for my actions at all times! Never do I try to pass the blame off to someone else. Because of placement through my choices, I found myself in a place where I needed financial help! I got the necessary classes and support from Mrs. Bartholomew's Office. Now the years later I'm not only alive but, I recently signed for a $284k home, I have a healthy family, job stability has always been there but it's really here now! So much has changed! Thankyou Mrs. Bartholomew and Staff! Without your help I don't know where I'd be! I went from Washington to Texas and back to Washington! I've been through some trials and I'm finally secured! Thankyou for everything you've done to assist in my new start. Michael
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Posted by Nikki | September 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dorothy and staff are amazing!
Dorothy, takes the time to hear you, cares about you and your financial outlook and provides quality advice. She stands behind every promise and her staff is equally amazing. The legal intern that was assigned to my case went above and beyond to help me. I highly recommend Dorothy and her wonderful staff!!
Posted by Michael | September 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dorothy Bartholomew
Dorothy is an excellent attorney, quite frankly I do not know how my wife would have made it through bankruptcy without her help. Our case was unique and difficult, but through Dorothy's creativity and knowledge of the law we were able to keep our home and find financial peace in our lives. Dorothy was also very kind and understanding regarding our financial circumstances. I am a disabled veteran and financially limited and Dorothy was very patient and really went the extra mile developing a payment plan that we could afford. We really can't say enough good things about her and would recommend her to anyone going through bankruptcy and dealing with student loans.
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Posted by Jack | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Competent and Compassionate!
Found Dorothy's firm several years ago after divorce and medical issues had collapsed my life. She was very easy to work with, her calm assured manner gave me strength, and everything in my case went as she suggested it would. Could not have chosen a better attorney for issue. Would recommend her 100%!
Posted by Robert | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An honest attorney well worth her services
We had a complicated case with several issues that made our case interesting. The trustee and court were not exactly the best around however This attorney 's office went far beyond the normal coarse of action to take care of her clients. She went to bat for us with the banks and trustee. She tiold us what would happen and it was done. The office itself was organized and the staff were courteous, polite, and respectful. The staff worked hard for us. And did answer all or concerns and questions. I would recommend this attorney's office to any one that needs one as a matter of a fact done have already acquired her services and they too were satisfied with them.
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Posted by Mike | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer and Staff
Ms. Bartholomew operates her practice with amazing organization, thoroughness and ethics. In addition, she and each staff that we interacted with are kind...to the client, to animals and it seems to each other as well. She is, in an ever changing culture that seems to often be lacking, one about whom we have, and will again, confidently refer people to. In addition to these qualities, she and her staff know what they are doing and do it very efficiently and thoughtfully...with reminders regarding needed information, court dates, etc. Truly this practice is wonderful and Ms. Batholomew deserves full credit for operating as she does.
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Posted by David | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
I'm totally satisfied with the service I received from Dorothy Bartholomew and her team. If you're having financial difficulties and need to file bankruptcy, I strongly urge you to seek the services of Dorothy Bartholomew they worked hard on my case.
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did a great job!
She is a great lawyer, and she and her staff are always there to help... I would choose her again if needed. My case was a complicated one and they guided me through the process with the utmost in professionalism....
Posted by Brenda | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best ever!
I really loved working with these guys. In a tough time for me, they always made me feel like I was going to be ok in the end. And I am! Thank you to Dorothy, Jada and Sam! Brenda
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy Lawyer
Dorothy Bartholomew team helped us with our bankruptcy case. There is no word how much I appreciate their timing replies & quick actions. We finished our case & they were there every step of the way. Its great to have someone that knows what their doing when you hit hard time.
Posted by Delilah | April 7, 2015
Bankruptcy from hell
Testimonial from Delilah Jean Williams: Only recently have I emerged from the bankruptcy from hell, due to numerous circumstances beyond my control, but my attorney Dorothy Bartholomew, my case worker Jada Wood and the very competent staff at her law office, made it finally happen. Without my friend and financial partner, Peter, who passed away in 2012, I really struggled to meet my obligations to the court and when the trustee filed notice to sell my home out from under me during a Chapter 13 to 7 conversion with only months to go on my plan, I thought I was going to lose everything. But Dorothy took all the correct steps to protect my rights and my hard-earned equity. Dorothy really cares about her clients and she is knowledgeable on how to use different aspects of the law to protect them. It’s because of Dorothy and her responsive staff that went above and beyond to help me get through a very turbulent time that I am finally free of the court and in control of my own property again after 5 long years. I would recommend her services to anyone. Thank you Dorothy, Jada and staff!
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Posted by Peter and Pamela | August 2, 2014
The best team
We were frighted and very unsure about a series of catastrophes in our lives. We had no idea what to do. Dorothy and her team were kind, compassionate and had correct information. There were no surprises or glitches in the legal process. They let is know every step of the way what would happen next. Everyone in the office is first rate. The delightful woman at the front desk knew our name and who we were from the very beginning and we sometimes didn't call for six months. We drug our feet for two years and she always knew who we were. The lady that worked our case was most thurough, confident and empathetic. She led us patiently through the legal documents and when I felt like I was falling through some crack she knew exactly how to phrase things. The paralegal even brought out information that led to a profitable outcome for us. When we got lost she would make phone calls and help us. These ladies are the best you could hope for and I would always want a team like this behind any venture in which I was involved.
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Posted by angelia | July 31, 2014
The nicest people you will ever meet
ive been looking for an attorney for a while due to my situation needing to file chapter 7. I wasn't having any look and was ready to give up. Then i spoke to my coworker about my situation and she the recommended Dorothy Bartholomew. I wasn't that excited being that ive gotten no where with all the other attorneys but i made the call to her anyways. Just the phone call alone gave me hope and i made an appointment .I was so excited i called everyone to tell them the good new. The appointment went really good. They were beyond helpful and explained everything and let me know i was doing the right thing due to my situation. Dorothy and her staff are the best. They all treat you like family and works really fast. It took 1.5 weeks for my appointment and to file. Talk about fast. If anyone is looking to file BK please please please so see Dorothy. I promise you'll have no regrets.
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Posted by Mike | July 31, 2014
Comfortable!
My wife and I used Dorothy's Law Firm to file bankruptcy. She was informative and courteous. Her and her staff made us feel comfortable and at ease. As anyone who has ever used an attorney before knows, its hard to be comfortable talking to a lawyer. Dorothy and her staff made us feel welcome and worked on our case day and night to get the work done! I would highly recommend this firm to anyone in need of legal aid!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2014
THE BEST BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY IN WESTERN WASHINGTON
A lawyer and a staff that really cares about their clients. This firm does it all for you and more. They make you coffee, hold your hand and best of all file your case with no problems at all. I highly recommend Dorothy and her staff to anyone who wants a pain free experience during a tough time. Dorothy and her staff were always available when I had questions and very considerate and professional.
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Posted by Shawtue | July 23, 2014
Family friendly experience!
Dorothy and the ladies in her office were able to identify with us and our needs for a bankruptcy. They made it an easy and painless process from filing, to our court date, payment arrangement for chapter 13 and re establishing our credit. They are more like family now!!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Dorothy Bartholomew, PLLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Nielsen, Broman & Associates, PLLC
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Clelland & Raymond, PS
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Us Bankruptcy Court, Western District Of Washington
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Law Clerk
  • Washington State Court Of Appeals, Division Ii
  • 1992 - 1997
  • Attorney
  • Hafer, Rheinhart, Roblee
  • 1991 - 1992
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Avila-Avina, 99 Wn. App. 9 (Div. I 2000)
  • Trial Court Reversed

Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Pierce County Sheriff's Department
  • 2014
  • American Jurisprudence Award Real Estate
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1989
  • Law Review
  • University of Puget Sound
  • 1989
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • JAG Bankruptcy Law Update
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (11)
Endorse Dorothy
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Dorothy for all of her years of practice. She is knowledgeable, courageous, and cares for her clients."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am always impressed by her demeanor, relationship with clients, and preparedness for hearings."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dorothy really cares about her clients and it shows in her work."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dorothy is a good, solid attorney!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Dorothy for a very long time. She is always fair, fights very hard for her clients, and is well respected by other attorneys and the judges. I highly endorse Dorothy."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Bartholomew of many years in the bankruptcy lawyer community. She cares about her clients and wants to get them the best results. I endorse her for Chapter 13s and Chapter 7s."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have discussed several bankruptcy issues with Ms. Bartholomew over the years. I have found her to be very knowledgeable regarding bankruptcy issues."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Why? First, I have known Dorothy for over 20 years in our bankruptcy practices (but don't know her dog in that pic!). And I would not hesitate to recommend any client to her or when conflicts of interest. I have also called Dorothy sometimes when I have questions on our local judges and trustee's practices through the years as I appreciate her knowledge of the law and discussion of her answers! I find her answers accurate . You are suggested to be in great hands if you seek her advice."
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