Laura is the co-founder of Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd., a Las Vegas-based employment law and business litigation firm. Licensed in Nevada for 25+ years, Laura exclusively represents employers in Nevada and throughout the US and abroad in a wide array of industries including gaming, technology, hospitality, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, mining and retail.
Laura defends employers in state and federal courts in Nevada and before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, DOL, NLRB, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission and the Office of the Nevada Labor Commissioner. In addition to a litigation practice focusing on cases involving discrimination, wrongful termination, enforcement of non-competes, and wage and hour matters, Laura works on commercial matters including drafting contracts and handbooks, advising on non-competes and trade secret protection, and handling employment-related aspects of M&A's. As a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, Laura is trusted advisor to employers on legal compliance, discipline, investigations and terminations, as well as strategic matters.
Laura is a former Chair of the State Bar of Nevada's Labor and Employment Section and the State Bar of Nevada's Publications Committee. For many years, she served in leadership roles in the labor and employment groups of international legal networks, IR Global and Lex Mundi.