About Us

Attorneys Doreen Hartwell and Laura Thalacker

Laura Thalacker and Doreen Spears Hartwell joined together in 2014 to form the management-side employment law and business litigation law firm of Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. Prior to founding Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd., Laura and Doreen worked together for nearly 15 years, first as associates and then as partners, in the Litigation Department of Nevada’s then-largest law firm.

With over 50 years of combined legal experience, Laura and Doreen provide exceptional legal services to their clients in Southern Nevada and beyond. Since 2016, Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. has achieved Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” rankings in Las Vegas by “Best Lawyers in America.” The Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association honored Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. as its 2016 “Law Firm of the Year.” Both Laura and Doreen are rated “AV Preeminent” in Martindale-Hubbell based on peer ratings and have been individually named to “Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers.”

Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. provides high-quality, cost-effective legal representation to businesses of all sizes in the practice areas of:

  • Employment and Labor Law Advice;
  • Human Resources Compliance and Strategic Counseling;
  • Employment and Labor Law Litigation; and
  • Business and Commercial Litigation  

“We love what we do. You’ll love what we can do for your business.” 

As a boutique employment law and business litigation firm, Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. is able to provide its clients with the individualized attention and care their matters deserve. The firm represents clients in a variety of industries including gaming, hospitality, mining, healthcare, retail, construction, manufacturing, education, technology, and non-profit sectors.

Laura and Doreen take a hands-on, personal approach to their work, getting to know their clients and understanding the ins and outs of their businesses. They are pragmatic about litigation, and pursue common sense strategies and solutions for legal representation so that their clients can focus on growing and running their business instead of costly legal matters. Ask their clients, and you will learn that Laura and Doreen are trusted, invaluable advisors and advocates.

The firm is the exclusive Nevada member of the prestigious Worklaw Network, a group of independent law firms focusing on advising employers in labor and employment matters. Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. is also the exclusive Nevada member firm for Labor and Employment and Commercial Litigation with IR Global, a premiere multi-disciplinary worldwide network that provides legal, accountancy, and financial services to companies and individuals around the globe. When client business interests and litigation extend beyond Nevada, these networks enable Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. to work collaboratively with high quality legal counsel and business professionals in other states and countries.

Community Leadership 

Laura and Doreen have served in leadership positions in various Bar and community organizations and are well-known and respected in the legal community. They share a philosophy of fostering a firm culture that values diversity and the unique traits and skills that purpose-driven attorneys possess in providing clients with excellent representation, while also making a difference in their community.