Doreen M. Spears Hartwell

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada

Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd.
Doreen M. Spears Hartwell
Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd.

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Employment Litigation; view more

Licensed in Nevada since: 2000

Education: University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2024

Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd.

11920 Southern Highlands Pkwy
Suite 201
Las Vegas, NV 89141 Visit website


Peer-review rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest rating, attorney Doreen M. Spears Hartwell serves the law firm Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd., located in Las Vegas, Nevada. A co-founder of the firm as well, she has professional legal experience of over two decades and represents clients primarily in matters of business and commercial litigation, including employment law, trade secrets, noncompete claims, real estate, trust and probate, and other disputes.

Ms. Hartwell’s clientele includes large businesses and high-profile employers, whom she defends in a variety of cases encompassing wrongful termination, breach of contract, discrimination/harassment and violation of other state employment statutes. She also helps move their appeals against other parties on the grounds of breach of contract, trade secret and noncompete violations, and probate claims.

Selected to the list of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers, Ms. Hartwell is also a recipient of the 10.0 rating on Avvo. She was named the Attorney of the Year by the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association and on the list of Top Lawyers by the Vegas Inc magazine. A former lawyer representative for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, she is the former chair of the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. She is also an appointed member of the Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission.

A Connecticut native, Ms. Hartwell completed her undergraduate degree in English from Fairfield University. Selected as the president of the Black Law Student Association and a member of the Traynor Honor Society, she obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific–McGeorge School of Law in 2000.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Employment Litigation: Defense

Focus areas

Employment Law - Employer, Non-Compete Agreements, Retaliation, Trade Secret, Wrongful Termination

  • 80% Business Litigation
  • 20% Employment Litigation: Defense

First Admitted: 2000, Nevada

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Educational Background:
  • Fairfield University, B.A. English
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Bank of America Local Hero Award, 2008
  • chosen for representation of pro bono clients and work with the One campaign to get other attorneys to take on pro bono cases., Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 2014
  • This award is given to a law firm that has demonstrated a committment to excellence in providing legal services to their clients while at the same time giving back to the local community. , Law Firm of the Year, Las Vegas Chapter of National Bar Assoc., 2016
  • chosen by peers as one of Nevada's legal elite lawyers since 2012, Nevada Legal Elite, Nevada Business Magazine, 2015
  • Recognized as attorney of the year for pro bono efforts and inspiring other chapter members to provide pro bono services., Lawyer of the Year, Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association, 2008
  • based on peer review of lawyers located in the same geographical area., Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers of America, 2020
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair of the Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee for the Ninth Circuit Conference 2020-21., 2020
  • Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association since 2005, President 2012-2013, 2020
  • Director for a non-profit organization devoted to promoting civic education in middle and high schools., 2019
  • Trial By Peers Committee: Fundraiser Co-Chair and supervising attorney for teenage students who defend and/or represent their peers in court on misdemeanor charges., 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member of the Nevada Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission since 2014., 2020
  • Judge Sally Loeher Pro Bono Award for pro bono representation of exploited senior seniors., 2005
  • Myrna William's Children's Pro Bono Award for pro bono work representing abused and neglected children. , 2001

Office location for Doreen M. Spears Hartwell

11920 Southern Highlands Pkwy
Suite 201
Las Vegas, NV 89141

Phone: 702-850-1076


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