ABOUT US

We're a dedicated team of attorneys based in Dripping Springs, we travel to you.

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Dorothy Lawrence

Principal Attorney/Owner

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Nichole Humes

Senior Associate Attorney

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Alexandra Jones-Lafont

Associate Attorney

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Andrew Simmons

Billing Specialist

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Zachary Riesenberger

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Midori Wilson

Paralegal

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Michael P. Ruffin

Paralegal 

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Office Manager

 
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Dorothy Lawrence

Principal Attorney and Owner

Education: 
Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
B.S., Louisiana State University, 2005 
Major: Business Administration 
Minors: History and English 
J.D., B.C.L., Paul M. Hebert School of Law, Louisiana State University, 2008 
LL.M., University of Denver, 2009 

Licenses 
Supreme Court of Louisiana, 2009 
Supreme Court of Texas, 2010 
U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas 
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas 
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas 
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas 
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana 

Employment 
Dorothy Butler Law Firm, 2011 to present 
Focusing on Tax and Bankruptcy Law 

Personal 
Sons, Daniel and Andrew 
Husband, Todd 

Professional Activities 

Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Consumer Bankruptcy, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 (Super Lawyers is a Thompson Reuters service) 

Top Attorneys in Bankruptcy - Austin Monthly - 2020, 2021

Top Financial Attorney in Hays County - San Marcos Record, 2020, 2021

Top Tax Preparer - Dripping Springs Century News - 2021

MAMAs Austin (Mother Attorney Mentoring Association) Board Member, 2020-2022

Treasurer, 2021
Robert Calvert Inns of Court, 2014 
Austin Bar Association/Austin Young Lawyer’s Association Leadership Academy, 2014 
Texas Legal Protection Plan Featured Attorney of the Quarter (First female attorney), 2013 
Travis County Women Lawyers Association, 2011 – present 
Austin Young Lawyers Association, 2010 – present 
Austin Bar Association, 2010 – present 
Texas Bar Association, 2010 – present 
Louisiana Bar Association, 2009 – present 

Presentations and Publications 

A Guide to the Basics of Law Practice, CLE Panel Discussion, February 2014 
Tax Laws Affecting Your LGBT Clients – Post-DOMA Tax Issues, Austin LGBT Bar Association, June 2014 

How to Choose the Right Lawyer For You - Texas Legal, August 2020


Civic Activities 
Womens Symphony League of Austin, 2022

Dripping Springs, Education Foundation Board Member 2015 - 2016 
Dripping Springs, Education Foundation "Denim and Diamond Gala" Chair 2015 - 2016 
Dripping Springs, Education Foundation Vice President of Communications 2015 - 2016 
Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program Inaugural Class 2016 
Dripping Springs Education Foundation, Sponsor, 2013 – 2016 
Dripping Springs United Methodist Church Preschool Walk, Sponsor, 2012 – 2014
Travis County Women Lawyers Association, Invited Fellow, 2014 – present 
Travis County Women Lawyers Association, Annual Grant Luncheon Sponsor, 2013 – 2017
Seeds of Hope – Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence, project coordinator, 2014 



Hobbies and Interests 
"The Who" Performance at Moody Theatre - orchestra member May 2022

Broadway Across America "Little Mermaid" - orchestra member (oboe/English horn) 
Broadway Across America "Sound of Music" - orchestra member (oboe/English horn) 
Broadway Across America “Wicked” – orchestra member (oboe/English horn) 
Broadway Across America “Mary Poppins” – orchestra member (oboe/English horn) 
Broadway Across America “West Side Story” – orchestra member (piccolo/flute/oboe/English horn/clarinet/bass clarinet/tenor sax/baritone sax) 

Broadway Across America "Anastasia" (flute/clarinet/oboe/English horn/tenor sax)
Bernadette Peters Performance at ZACH Theatre – orchestra member 
Il Divo Performance at Bass Concert Hall – orchestra member 
Celtic Women Christmas Performance - orchestra member

Regular orchestra member of Texas State University musical theatre productions

 
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Nichole Humes

Senior Associate Attorney

Education

Gettysburg Area High School, Pennsylvania

B.S,  The Pennsylvania State University, 2003

Majors:  Crime, Law and Justice, Accounting

J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 2006

 

Licenses

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2006

Supreme Court of Illinois, 2007

U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

 

Employment

Scarpelli & Brady, 2006 – 2010, Chicago, Illinois

Burns White, 2010 – 2015, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thomas H. Ayoob & Associates, LLC – 2015 – 2018, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Dorothy Butler Law Firm,2018 to Present

Focused on Business Litigation, Insurance, Real Estate and Estate Planning

 

Personal

Husband – Eddie

Sons – Hunter and William

 

Professional Activities, Awards, Professional Affiliations

Member, The Honorable Amy Reynolds Hay American Inn of Court, 2006 -2018

Member, Allegheny County Bar Association, 2006- 2018

Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, 2006-2018

CLE Instructor for multiple litigation based programs through the Allegheny County Bar Association and the American Inns of Court – 2013-2018

Panel Instructor, Do’s and Don’ts of Federal Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Association, June 2014

Unsung Hero Award Recipient, The Legal Intelligencer, April, 2012

 

Hobbies and Interests

Horseback Riding

Skiing

Yoga

Pittsburg Penguins Hockey

 
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Alexandra Jones-Lafont

Associate Attorney

Education

The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. 2019

Baylor University, B.A. cum laude, 2016

Major: Economics

Minor: Political Science

 

Licenses

State Bar of Texas, 2019

 

Presentations and Publications

How to Choose the Right Lawyer for You - Texas Legal, August 2020

Professional Activities

Member, Austin Young Lawyers Association

Dripping Springs Leadership Academy, 2021

 

Hobbies and Interests

New Orleans Saints

Embroidery

Puzzles

 
 
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Andrew Simmons

Billing Specialist

Education

Webutuck High School, Amenia, New York

Coastal Carolina University, B.S. cum laude, Conway, South Carolina

Major: Business Administration

 

Employment

Dorothy Butler Law Firm, 2021 to present

Heat Wave Pest Control, 2019 to present

ABM Building Services, 2011 - 2018 

 

Personal

Life Partner: Noelle

Dogs: Louie and Maeble

  

Hobbies and Interests

Music (former projects include Cosmico, Meanswell, The Gents)

DIY Projects

Basketball

Golf (both ball and disc)

 
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Midori Wilson

Paralegal

Education

Hopkins High School, Minnetonka, Minnesota

University of Saint Thomas, B.A. cum laude, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Major: English

Minors: Sociology, American Cultural Studies

 

Employment

Dorothy Butler Law Firm, 2020 to present

Animal Humane Society Minnesota

 

Civic Activities

Meadowbrook Elementary, Teacher Assistant, Volunteer

Minnesota Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Volunteer

 

Hobbies and Interests

Baking

Animal Lover

World travel cooking shows

Art Museums

Craft Fairs

 
 
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Michael P. Ruffin

Paralegal

Education

Lee County High School, Leesburg, GA

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Major: Secondary Education in History

 

Employment

Dorothy Butler Law Firm, 2020 to present

Walt Disney World Resort

 

Civic Activities

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

 

Hobbies and Interests

Musical Theatre Actor

Austin Based Singer/Performer

Cosplayer

Disney Enthusiast 

 
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Zachary Riesenberger

Office Manager

Education

Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School

Associates West Valley Community College Theatre arts degree with an emphasis in acting

Paralegal certification, University of Texas Professional Program

 

Personal

Fiance, Madelyn Macdonald 

 

Current goals and activities

Pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English at Arizona State University

Interest in attending law school focusing on bankruptcy and criminal law

 

Hobbies and Interests

Art - marker and stop-motion

Music - Keyboard, bass, and vocals

ADDRESS

151 E. Mercer Street, Suite E
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

CONTACT

Email: dorothy@dorothybutlerlawfirm.com
Phone:  512-699-5632
Fax:  512-369-3535