Attorney Profile

Dorothy Bunce began practicing law in 1978 as one of the first 100 women admitted to practice law in Nevada. Dorothy was the youngest Nevada attorney admitted that year. Dorothy graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in Tacoma, Washington in 1978 with a Juris Doctor's degree.  Dorothy started college at the age of 16, and graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications.

Dorothy handled her first Nevada bankruptcy case in 1979 in Reno. When Dorothy opened her law office in Las Vegas in 1999, she named her business A Fresh Start to reflect her desire to help hard working people recover from their financial.

Dorothy grew up on a small farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with dairy cows, chickens, ducks and geese. To pay for her college education, she kept a poodle "at stud" and babysat for neighborhood children for 50 cents an hour.

Bar Association Admissions:
State of Nevada, 1978
United States District Court, District of Nevada, 1979

University of Puget Sound School of Law
Tacoma, Washington
May 1978, Juris Doctor (Law Degree)

University of Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
May, 1975, B.A. in Speech Communications.


Dorothy has a personal interest in Bankruptcy that goes back to her own childhood.

Her parents had money problems and by the time she was 8 years old, she was lying to bill collectors to protect her parents.  Dorothy has never forgotten how ashamed she was by this experience. When in college, her father’s business failed and he had to file Bankruptcy. He still remembers that his attorney was late for Court and that the Referee (as the Trustee’s were called back then) scolded him because of his lawyer’s mistake. Dorothy finds helping people through Bankruptcy very rewarding and a way to fix the problems of the past

Dorothy's husband, Victor, died in 1989 under tragic circumstances and his medical debts led Dorothy to have to file bankruptcy herself. Her current partner, Joe, is disabled due to a brain injury, and receives social security disability benefits. Dorothy understands how fragile life can be & that anyone can face tough economic times. These experiences give her the unique ability to understand all kinds of financial hardships, including yours.

Dorothy continues to enjoy the love of her animal friends and has a family of 3 wild and crazy Papillion dogs she spoils.



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2037 Franklin Ave • Las Vegas, NV 89104