"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mohandas K. Gandhi
Dawn M. Papaeliou attended the University of Nevada-Reno where she completed her undergraduate degree in pre-veterinary medicine. She was the recipient of numerous academic scholarships, most notably the Edwin L. Wiegand Scholarship, Pete and Antonia Claudianos Scholarship, and the Ted and Ruth Ede Memorial Scholarship. In May 1996, she was awarded the Soroptimist International of Reno Award as best female student at the university. Ms. Papaeliou graduated with high honors in May 1997. Despite being accepted for admission in the veterinary medicine program at various universities including Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, she prepared for a career within the legal profession.
In 1999, Ms. Papaeliou was admitted to the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. She graduated with a Juris Doctorate in May 2002. Ms. Papaeliou passed the State Bar Exam on her first attempt and was admitted to practice law in the State of Nevada in December 2002.
Dawn Papaeliou first gained experience representing debtors in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies while working for a local general litigation firm in 2003. Due to her interest in bankruptcy law, she joined the office of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Yvette Weinstein. Ms. Papaeliou assisted the trustee until December 2005, in the administration of chapter 7 bankruptcy estates, liquidation of assets, and distribution of estate funds to creditors.
Ms. Papaeliou operated the Law Office of D. M. Papaeliou, P.C., in 2006, until she joined the Department of Justice Office of the United States Trustee in Reno, Nevada, in July 2006, as a Paralegal Specialist. She investigated the eligibility of debtors in chapter 7 cases and ensured compliance with the United States Bankruptcy Code. Dawn Papaeliou also provided oversight of the administration of chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees and monitored chapter 11 reorganizations in the Reno area.
In late May 2007, Ms. Papaeliou returned to the Las Vegas area as debtor's counsel. Finding a need for competent legal counsel, Ms. Papaeliou opened the Law Office of Dawn Papaeliou, P.C., to offer the Las Vegas community an alternative to the local bankruptcy mills.