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Laura Jean Thalacker

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, General Practice

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About Me

I am a founding Member of Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd., a Las Vegas-based employment law and business litigation firm.  My career as a lawyer spans over 20 years in Nevada, representing employers (management) in employment and labor law matters. 


 


As a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, I view my clients' problems not just from a legal perspective, but also from a strategic business standpoint.  By emphasizing a proactive approach to human resources compliance, I help my clients avoid time-consuming and expensive litigation so they can stay focused on building and growing their businesses.  My human resources compliance practice includes drafting employment policies, contracts, and handbooks and advising employers located in Nevada, throughout the U.S. and worldwide on such matters as employee discipline and termination, reductions in force, workplace investigations, social media, wage and hour compliance, leaves of absence, the WARN Act, and enforcement of non-competes and non-disclosure agreements.  I also conduct workplace investigations and provide training for managers and employees on a variety of human resources issues including social media, harassment prevention, ADA and FMLA compliance. 


 


When employment-related litigation arises, I ethically and vigorously defend my clients in a cost-effective and efficient manner.  At Hartwell Thalacker, we recognize that the clients' interests are paramount, and we listen closely to you to understand and help you achieve your litigation goals.  Our experience includes defending employers in cases alleging breach of contract, employment-related torts, violation of trade secret laws and non-competition agreements, and violations of federal and state statutes such as the FLSA, Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA and other employment laws.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Employment & Labor: 99%
    20 years
  2. General Practice: 1%

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Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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  • John B. Shook

    Ms. Thalacker is an excellent attorney who works hard to obtain the best possible result for her clients.

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Contact Info

Hartwell Thalacker Ltd.

11920 Southern Highlands Parkway
Suite 201
Las Vegas, NV, 89141

Hartwell Thalacker Ltd.

11920 Southern Highlands Parkway
Suite 201
Las Vegas, NV, 89141

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NVAttorney Active199408/10/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Las Vegas Employment Lawyer of the Year (Management)Best Lawyers in America2015
Top Lawyers - Employment LawDesert Companion Magazine2014
Best Lawyer, Labor and EmploymentBest Lawyers in America2014
Leader in the Field of Labor & Employment LawChambers & Partners USA Guide2014
Super Lawyer- Employment and Labor LawSuper Lawyers2014
SPHRHuman Resources Certification Institute2014
Top Lawyers - Labor & EmploymentVegas Inc.2013
AV Preeminent Peer ReviewMartindale-Hubbell2013
Leader in the Field of Labor and Employment LawChambers & Partners USA Guide2013
Mountain States Top 50 Women LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Best Lawyer, Labor and EmploymentBest Lawyers in America2013
Super Lawyer for Labor and Employment LawSuper Lawyers2013
Best Lawyer, Labor and EmploymentBest Lawyers in America2012
Leader in the Field of Labor and Employment LawChambers & Partners USA Guide2012
Super Lawyer for Labor and Employment LawSuper Lawyers2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top Lawyer-Labor and Employment (Las Vegas)Vegas Inc.2012
Leader in the Field of Labor and Employment LawChambers & Partners USA Guide2011
Best Lawyer, Labor and EmploymentBest Lawyers in America2011
Leader in the Field of Labor and Employment LawChambers & Partners USA Guide2010
Best Lawyer, Labor and EmploymentBest Lawyers in America2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney/Founding MemberHartwell Thalacker, Ltd.2014 - Present
ShareholderLionel Sawyer & Collins2008 - 2014
Of CounselLionel Sawyer & Collins2003 - 2007
Associate AttorneyLionel Sawyer & Collins1997 - 2002
Associate AttorneyJolley, Urga, Wirth & Woodbury1994 - 1997

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Litigation Section, State Bar of NevadaMember2014 - Present
Society for Human Resources ManagementMember2014 - Present
Southern Nevada Human Resources AssociationMember2014 - Present
Lex Mundi Global Labor and Employment Practice GroupRegional Vice-Chair for North America2013 - Present
Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of NevadaImmediate Past Chair2012 - 2013
Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of NevadaChair2011 - 2012
Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of NevadaVice-Chair/Chair-Elect2010 - 2011
Lex MundiMember, Labor and Employment Practice Group2008 - Present
Publications Committee, State Bar of NevadaChair2001 - 2002
Publications Committee, State Bar of NevadaMember1997 - 2003
Clark County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Labor and Employment Section, American Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Practical Law CompanyNon-Compete Laws: Nevada2013
Practical Law CompanyBackground Check Laws: Nevada2013
Practical Law CompanyAnti-Discrimination Laws: Nevada2013
Practical Law CompanyHiring Requirements: Nevada2013
Practical Law CompanyWage and Hour Laws: Nevada2013
The Nevada Lawyer (a publication of the State Bar of Nevada)Public Employees and the First Amendment: The Intersection of Free Speech Rights and Social Media2012
Doing Business in NevadaLabor and Employment Law in Nevada2012
Presented at the Lex Mundi Labor and Employment Practice Group Global Meeting (London)Just When You Thought You'd Seen It All. . . Social Media Headaches for Employers: A U.S. Law Perspective2012
Law for ChangeNevada Employment Law2012
Casino Enterprise ManagementEssential Components of a Workplace Social Media Policy2010
The Nevada Lawyer (a publication of the State Bar of Nevada)Pitfall Potential: The Risks of Social Media2010
Doing Business in NevadaLabor and Employment Law in Nevada2008
PLC Cross-Border Handbooks, Doing Business in . . .Contributor, Doing Business In United States: Nevada2008
The Nevada Lawyer (Official Publication of the State Bar of Nevada)Preserving a Bit of History1998

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor, with High Distinction1994
Wartburg CollegePolitical Science & Women's StudiesB.A., summa cum laude1991

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Resort Hotel Casino Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las VegasNevada Labor and Employment Law - Guest Lecturer2014
Resort Hotel Casino Law - Guest LecturerNevada Employment Law2014
CPA Education AssociationNevada's Workplace Medical Marijuana Law2014
Brown & Brown Client BriefingEmployers: Don't Get Trapped by Three New Employment Laws2014
State Bar of Nevada Annual MeetingNevada Employment Law Mythbusters2013
Presented at the Lex Mundi Labor and Employment Practice Group Global Meeting (Miami)Social Media and Workplace Privacy Rights: A U.S. and European Law Perspective2013
Gaming Law News, Casino Enterprise ManagementSocial Media Account Ownership in Employment2013
State Bar of Nevada Annual MeetingSocial Media and Employment Law, a Panel Discussion2012
Small Business Check-UpFacts & Myths about Nevada Labor and Employment Law2012
Roadmap to Success: A Business Education SeriesThe "Unfriendly" World of Employee Social Media Use. . .How to Protect Your Business2012
Resort Hotel Casino Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las VegasIntro to Nevada Labor and Employment Law - Guest Lecturer2012
Lex Mundi Global Labor & Employment Practice Group Meeting, LondonWorkplace Social Media: a U.S. and European Law Perspective2012
Labor and Employment Section CLEDissecting the Faragher/Ellerth Defense - A Panel Discussion2012
KJFK 1230 AM - RenoDebunking Nevada Employment Law Myths2012
The Group - RenoThe Perils of Workplace Social Media2011
New Media Matters, Casino Enterprise ManagementPodcast on Employment Law Implications of Social Media2011
New Media MattersSocial Media2011
Assurance Ltd. Client Series at Las Vegas Chamber of CommerceEmployment Consequences of Social Media2011
Resort Hotel Casino Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las VegasHuman Resources - Guest Lecturer2010
Breakfast BriefingWhat's All the Twitter About Social Media at Work2010
Lunchtime BriefingImmunize Your Business: Preparing for the Legal Side Effects of H1N1 Flu2009
Breakfast BriefingHelping Employers in Hard Times: Planning and Implementing Layoffs and Reductions in Force2008
State Bar of Nevada: Doing Business in NevadaNevada Employment Law2007