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Laura Jean Thalacker

Employment and labor Attorney at Las Vegas, NV

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Licensed for 28 years

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    99%
    Advising employers on a variety of labor and employment issues including discipline, termination, investigations into employee misconduct and leaves of absence; drafting employee handbooks, policies and contracts; and providing training on human resources issues to executives and managers.

    28 years

  2. General practice
    1%

LAS VEGAS MANAGEMENT SIDE LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAWYER SINCE 1994; CERTIFIED SENIOR HR PROFESSIONAL.

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 27 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, Ltd., 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.

Licensed for 28 years
State NV
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 12/11/2022

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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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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Founding Member
  • Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Lionel Sawyer & Collins
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Of Counsel
  • Lionel Sawyer & Collins
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lionel Sawyer & Collins
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Associate Attorney
  • Jolley, Urga, Wirth & Woodbury
  • 1994 - 1997
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Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, with High Distinction
  • 1994
  • Wartburg College
  • B.A., summa cum laude
  • 1991

Associations

  • IR Global
  • Steering Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • IR Global
  • Exclusive Labor and Employment Member for Nevada
  • 2015 - Present
  • Litigation Section, American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Southern Nevada Human Resources Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Litigation Section, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of Nevada
  • Immediate Past Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Lex Mundi Global Labor and Employment Practice Group
  • Regional Vice-Chair for North America
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of Nevada
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of Nevada
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Lex Mundi
  • Member, Labor and Employment Practice Group
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Publications Committee, State Bar of Nevada
  • Chair
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Publications Committee, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Law Firm
  • U.S. News and World report
  • 2019
  • "Lawyer of the Year" (Employment Law - Management) (Las Vegas)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer - Labor and Employment (Las Vegas)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Las Vegas Super Lawyer - Labor and Employment
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Las Vegas Super Lawyer - Labor and Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Las Vegas "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Notable lawyer for Labor and Employment Law
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer - Employment and Labor Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation
  • 2015
  • Las Vegas "Employment Lawyer of the Year" (Management)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers - Employment Law
  • Desert Companion Magazine
  • 2014
  • SPHR
  • Human Resources Certification Institute
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer, Labor and Employment
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Leader in the Field of Labor & Employment Law
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer- Employment and Labor Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Mountain States Top 50 Women Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer for Labor and Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers - Labor & Employment
  • Vegas Inc.
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Leader in the Field of Labor and Employment Law
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer, Labor and Employment
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer-Labor and Employment (Las Vegas)
  • Vegas Inc.
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer for Labor and Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Leader in the Field of Labor and Employment Law
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer, Labor and Employment
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Leader in the Field of Labor and Employment Law
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer, Labor and Employment
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Leader in the Field of Labor and Employment Law
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyer, Labor and Employment
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Doing Business in Nevada
  • Labor and Employment Law In Nevada
  • 2014
  • Practical Law Company
  • Non-Compete Laws: Nevada
  • 2013
  • Practical Law Company
  • Background Check Laws: Nevada
  • 2013
  • Practical Law Company
  • Anti-Discrimination Laws: Nevada
  • 2013
  • Practical Law Company
  • Hiring Requirements: Nevada
  • 2013
  • Practical Law Company
  • Wage and Hour Laws: Nevada
  • 2013
  • Doing Business in Nevada
  • Labor and Employment Law in Nevada
  • 2012
  • Law for Change
  • Nevada Employment Law
  • 2012
  • Doing Business in Nevada
  • Labor and Employment Law in Nevada
  • 2008
  • PLC Cross-Border Handbooks, Doing Business in . . .
  • Contributor, Doing Business In United States: Nevada
  • 2008
  • The Nevada Lawyer (Official Publication of the State Bar of Nevada)
  • Preserving a Bit of History
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Nevada Annual Meeting
  • HR for Law Firms
  • 2016
  • CPA Education Association
  • Nevada's Workplace Medical Marijuana Law
  • 2014
  • Resort Hotel Casino Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Nevada Labor and Employment Law - Guest Lecturer
  • 2014
  • Brown & Brown Client Briefing
  • Employers: Don't Get Trapped by Three New Employment Laws
  • 2014
  • Resort Hotel Casino Law - Guest Lecturer
  • Nevada Employment Law
  • 2014
  • 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 Perspective
  • 2013
  • KJFK 1230 AM - Reno
  • Debunking Nevada Employment Law Myths
  • 2012
  • Resort Hotel Casino Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Intro to Nevada Labor and Employment Law - Guest Lecturer
  • 2012
  • Lex Mundi Global Labor & Employment Practice Group Meeting, London
  • Workplace Social Media: a U.S. and European Law Perspective
  • 2012
  • Roadmap to Success: A Business Education Series
  • The "Unfriendly" World of Employee Social Media Use. . .How to Protect Your Business
  • 2012
  • Small Business Check-Up
  • Facts & Myths about Nevada Labor and Employment Law
  • 2012
  • State Bar of Nevada Annual Meeting
  • Social Media and Employment Law, a Panel Discussion
  • 2012
  • Labor and Employment Section CLE
  • Dissecting the Faragher/Ellerth Defense - A Panel Discussion
  • 2012
  • The Group - Reno
  • The Perils of Workplace Social Media
  • 2011
  • Assurance Ltd. Client Series at Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
  • Employment Consequences of Social Media
  • 2011
  • Breakfast Briefing
  • What's All the Twitter About Social Media at Work
  • 2010
  • Resort Hotel Casino Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Human Resources - Guest Lecturer
  • 2010
  • Lunchtime Briefing
  • Immunize Your Business: Preparing for the Legal Side Effects of H1N1 Flu
  • 2009
  • Breakfast Briefing
  • Helping Employers in Hard Times: Planning and Implementing Layoffs and Reductions in Force
  • 2008
  • State Bar of Nevada: Doing Business in Nevada
  • Nevada Employment Law
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Laura
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Thalacker is an excellent attorney who works hard to obtain the best possible result for her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked on various matters with Laura over a period of about six years, and I am happy to endorse her as a smart, insightful and ethical attorney for employment-related matters and for litigation."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Las Vegas Employment and labor Lawyer Laura Jean Thalacker
Laura Jean Thalacker
Employment and labor Attorney
Las Vegas, NV
Licensed for 28 years