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Exclusive IR Global advisor for Commercial Litigation , Employment Law (Corporate) and Employment Law (Individuals) in Nevada since 2015

Doreen Hartwell



Doreen Spears Hartwell formed Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. in 2014 with Laura Thalacker, a friend and accomplished attorney with whom she worked for over 14 years at Nevada’s then-largest law firm. Doreen has practiced in the area of business and commercial litigation in Nevada since 2000. Her litigation practice includes employment law, trade secret, non-compete claims, real estate, trust-probate matters and a wide range of other business-related disputes. Doreen has successfully defended employers in cases involving wrongful termination, breach of contract, discrimination and/or harassment in violation of Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA and state employment statutes. She also has substantial experience in successfully bringing breach of contract, trade secret, non-compete and trust and probate claims on behalf of her clients.

Doreen is listed in both Best Lawyers in America (Las Vegas)® and Mountain States Super Lawyers for Commercial Litigation. Doreen, who has an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, has also been recognized by her peers as one of Nevada’s Legal Elite® since 2012.

Doreen is a 2010 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Las Vegas program, a past president of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association and the current chair of the LVNBA’s Attorneys in the Schools Program (WWW.LASVEGASNBA.ORG). Doreen is a former lawyer representative for the Nevada United States District Court. She is the Chair-elect of the Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee and will serve as the Chair for the 2020 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Doreen is the chairperson of the Pro Bono Advisory Council for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and was appointed to the Nevada Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission in February 2014 and remains a commission today. As one of the founding members of Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd., Doreen remains committed to providing bono legal services to deserving individuals in conjunction with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (HTTP://WWW.LACSN.ORG/). Doreen has received various awards for her pro bono work, including 2014 “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” Award from the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 2008 Attorney of the Year from the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association, 2008 Bank of America Local Hero Award, 2005 Judge Sally Loehrer Pro Bono Service Award and 2001 Myrna Williams Children’s Pro Bono Award.

Since 2004, Doreen has served as a supervising attorney for the Clark County Law Foundation’s Trial by Peers Program (“TBP”). TBP is juvenile diversion program run where students prosecute or defend students accused of misdemeanor offenses in the courtroom before actual judges and juries of their peers. TBP is an excellent program that has been around for over 25 years and
has served as a model for juvenile diversion programs around the country. (HTTP://WWW.CLARKCOUNTYLAWFOUNDATION.ORG/TRIAL-BY-PEERS/).

Doreen, who is originally from Connecticut, attended Fairfield University where she earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish. In 2000, Doreen obtained her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law with honors and moved to Las Vegas to begin her distinguished legal career.

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About Hartwell Thalacker, LTD.

Hartwell Thalacker, LTD.

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 firm for Labor and Employment and Commercial Litigation with IR Global. When client business interests and litigation extend beyond Nevada, membership in IR Global enables Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. to work collaboratively with high quality legal counsel and business professionals in other U.S. jurisdictions and throughout the world.

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.

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    Commercial Litigation , Employment Law (Corporate) and Employment Law (Individuals) in Nevada

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