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 largest local 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 the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation (Las Vegas). Doreen, who has an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized by her peers as one of Nevada’s Legal Elite every year since 2012. In December 2014, Doreen received the “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” Award from the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

One of Doreen’s first appearances in court as a new attorney was representing an 18 month old child through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s (previously known as the Clark County Legal Aid Center) Children’s Attorney Project (“CAP”). This experience, which demonstrated to her the dire need for children to have a voice in the legal system, cemented her commitment to providing pro bono services. Since taking that first pro bono case in 2000, Doreen has continued to provide pro bono legal services to deserving individuals who otherwise would not have access to our legal system. It’s her policy to always be working on at least one active pro bono case at all times. She often exceeds this and, in 2014, she had six active pro bono cases. Source: