Clarence Darrow C. Valdecantos

Leaders in Law endorses Clarence Darrow C. Valdecantos as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in the Philippines. If you wish to get in touch with Clarence, please use the contact information provided above.

Mr. Valdecantos is a Senior Partner in the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW), and is the Head of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Department. He has specialized for twenty-seven (27) years now in the different areas of labor and employment laws, which include labor litigation involving money claims and termination disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, preventive mediation and conciliation of labor disputes, strikes and lockouts, union representation issues, certification elections and voluntary arbitration cases.

He has successfully litigated a number of cases where the Supreme Court upheld the employer’s right to exercise its management prerogatives, including the enforcement of Company rules and regulations, the implementation of contracting out arrangements, and the conduct of corporate reorganizations. He also handles social security cases, overseas employment cases, conduct of administrative investigations, employee grievances, formulation of employee code of conduct and policies, conduct of labor audits, review and formulation of retirement plans, implementation of corporate mergers and acquisitions, incorporation of business entities, review of third-party contracting arrangements, and data privacy issues relating to employment.

Mr. Valdecantos has been consistently cited by leading legal publications as an excellent labor lawyer and litigator. He was awarded the Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year in the Philippines by Leaders in Law – Global Awards 2023. Chambers Asia Pacific has commended him for having “proficiency and strategy”, and has recognized him as a leading practitioner for the years 2022, 2023 and 2024.

He was awarded successively as one of Asia’s Super 50 Disputes Lawyers for the years 2021 and 2022 by Asian Legal Business, and recognized as Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year in the Philippines for 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 by Global Law Experts. He was also named as a Recommended Lawyer in the practice area of Labor and Employment by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 Editorial and in June 2021, he was also awarded by the Asian Legal Business as one of the Philippines Client Choice Lawyers 2021. Other recognitions came from Acquisition International (as a Leading Adviser) and Advisory Excellence (as Leading Expert for Labor and Employment in the Philippines). He was also invited to be featured in the “The 10 Most Admired Business Leaders to Follow in 2024” by the Success Pitchers Magazine.

He was one of the keynote speakers at the Asian Mena In-House Community E-Congress on Labor and Employment: Returning to the Workplace: Philippine Protocols” held on 18 November 2020. He is currently a guest faculty of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where he teaches “Fundamentals of Labor Relations” for the HR Manager Development Program course.

He co-authored “Trends and Developments: Special Issues in Philippine Employment Law” in Chambers and Partners Global Practice Guide, published on 8 September 2020, and Chambers & Partners Law and Practice – Employment Guide 2023 Philippines, published in August 2023. He wrote “The Employee’s Right to Receive or Refuse a Vaccine”, first published in Business World on 9 February 2021 and reprinted in other legal publications.”


Prof. Dr. Donato E. Tagliavia

Leaders in Law endorses Donato Tagliavia as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in Spain. If you wish to get in touch with Donato, please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas


  • Studies at the Universities of Deusto (Bilbao), Madrid and León.
  • Dissertation at the University Complutense Madrid


Spanish and Italian

Bar Councils

Madrid since 1985, number 25,544. Toledo, Bilbao and Burgos.

Other activities

  • Professor of Employment Law and Social Security at the University Complutense Madrid.
  • Lecturer for postgraduate courses on European Employment Law and Sports Law.


  • Award from the Employment and Social Security Ministry for the best dissertation (1986).
  • CAJA MADRID Award for dissertations.

Recent Publications

  • Business Reorganization and Restructuring after the Bankruptcy Law (Employment Aspects).
  • Legal Regimen of the Work Contract. U.C.M School of Law Publications Service (1986).
  • Business and Disciplinary Firings. Basic Legal Encyclopedia. Civitas (1995).
  • Numerous publications and contributions in the principle Spanish Employment and Social Security Law magazines.

Firm Description:

SCHILLER Abogados & Rechtsanwälte is an international law firm with more than 30 years of experience, always at the service of our clients… We have offices in Madrid, Frankfurt/Main, Barcelona and Bilbao. Every office has professionals of different nationalities, who can provide advice and resolve legal and economic issues in Spanish, German and English.

Richard Grogan

Leaders in Law endorses Richard Grogan as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in Ireland. If you wish to get in touch with Richard please use the contact information provided above.

Richard Grogan BCL, AITI, TEP, CEDR, Solicitor and Accredited Mediator. Richard specialises in Employment Law, and Taxation of Employment Law Awards and Settlements. Richard provides mediation services, both in employment disputes as an alternative to Court proceedings or claims to the WRC and workplace mediation. Richard also heads up our Reputational Risk and Crisis Management practice for Senior Executives and Senior Managers. Richard brings over 30 years experience, specialist knowledge and expertise  as a Solicitor and Chartered Tax Advisor to provide a quality and value for money service to his clients. Richard is one of the best known and respected Employment Law Solicitors in Ireland. Richard is ranked as one of the top Employment Lawyers in the country. Richard writes and lectures extensively on Employment Law and Taxation. You can see some of Richards publications and lectures in our publications section.

Richard Grogan – BCL, AITI, TEP, CEDR, Accredited Mediator was educated at Blackrock College. Richard then studied Law at UCD where he obtained an Honours BCL. Richard qualified as a Solicitor in 1979. Later he qualified as an Associate of the Taxation Institute of Ireland. Richard was a founding member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in Ireland. Richard is a qualified Solicitor, a Chartered Tax Consultant and Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner. Richard is a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association.

Richard is a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, and, is a member of the Employment and the Equality Committee of the Law Society of Ireland. Richard has written and lectured extensively on Employment Law, Wills, Trusts, and, Taxation. He was the original editor of “Payroll and Taxation for Employers”. Richard had a regular column for over 10 years in The Taxation Institute of Ireland – Monthly magazine; The Irish Taxation Review entitled “Legislation Events”. Richard has written extensively in The Law Society Gazette, The Irish Tax Review, The Commercial Law Practitioner, The Employment Law Journal and “The Parchment”. Richard in 2016 started writing a regular column for Irish Legal News. Richard has written Opinion Pieces for the Irish Times and the Irish Daily Mail. Richard has appeared regularly on RTE, on radio and television and on Newstalk FM, Today FM along with various local radio stations in particular Highland Radio, Midlands 103, Cork’s 96 FM and Waterford FM. Richard has been quoted regularly in national newspaper including The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Examiner, The Irish Daily Mail, The Business Post and The Sunday Times.

Richard was a lecturer in Succession and Trust Law for The Taxation Institute of Ireland. Richard has lectured extensively for The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, The Law Society, The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Central Law Training, various Bar Associations and many specialist interest groups on Employment Law and Taxation. Richard was also a regular columnist for the Irish Independents “Know Your Rights”. Richard appears regularly in the Workplace Relations Commission, The Labour Court, the Circuit Court, and in the High Court in Employment cases.

After Richard qualified as a Solicitor he worked in Conveyancing. Later he moved to general Litigation where he specialised in Litigation cases involving workplace accidents and general accidents including car accidents. Subsequently Richard became the Head of Conveyancing in a medium sized Dublin firm. After that Richard moved to a Top Four Accountancy firm where he specialised in Capital Acquisitions Tax and Capitals Gains Tax. Richard moved to the Human Resource Solutions practice of that firm where he was a Senior Manager. Subsequently Richard became a Senior Associate in a leading Cork firm of Solicitors but worked in Dublin before becoming a Partner in one of the most highly respected medium sized firms in Dublin where he headed up their Employment and Taxation Department. In 2009 Richard decided to set up the firm of Richard Grogan & Associates to provide boutique legal services in our specialised areas of Law.

Richard is a recognised specialist in Employment Law and Litigation. Richard also has a strong knowledge of Taxation Law as it applies to Employers and Employees. Richard has been involved as the lead lawyer in some of the most challenging Employment Law cases. Richard acts for both employers and employees.

Richard was a Committee member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland from 2011 until 2016.

Firm Description:

We are a specialist boutique law firm providing legal services in Employment Law & Personal Injury* Litigation.  We are not a full service law firm. We only provide legal services in the areas of law where we can provide best practice, expertise and experience to our clients.  Giving honest & unbiased advice in a simple & straightforward fashion without legal jargon is our trademark. This sometimes means telling clients what they need to hear and not what they want to hear.  If you want a straight talking legal team, we are the firm for you.

In 2019 we were winners of the Law Firm Innovation Award and in 2018 the Employment Law Firm of the Year Award from Irish Law Awards. In both years we were finalists in the Leinster (including Dublin) Litigation Firm of the year. In 2020 the Firm won the Leaders in Law 2020 Global Awards as Employment Law Firm of the Year in  Ireland.

We are a straight talking solution based Firm. If we believe, you have a case, or a claim, or an area of services which we can provide to you, we will tell you. If we do not believe that is the position,  we will equally tell you. We are known as a straight talking Firm. We are also known as a Firm that seeks to provide solutions.

Guide on Employment Law


Maja Drakulovic

Leaders in Law endorses Maja Drakulovic as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in Montenegro. If you wish to get in touch with Maja please use the contact information provided above.

Attorney at Law

Bachelor of Laws, University of Montenegro

Firm Description:

We have been operating as a new entity in the legal advisory market of FR Yugoslavia since 1984, when we were founded by the attorney-at-law Novica Jovović.

From the very beginning we have been recognized as a successful and highly respected law office, with diverse portfolio of legal services and also as a reliable, loyal and competent partner of our clients. Between 1992 and 2009 we had worked in Montenegro and Serbia under the name law firm Jovović & partners, and since January 2010 we are working under the name law firm Jovović, Mugoša & Vuković.

If one measure success of a law firm by the size of workforce, then our law firm is the biggest in Montenegro. In addition to that, our law firm shall be between three biggest legal services providers in Montenegro, if one apply criterion of size of client database and annually generated revenues.

Eventually, if one perform benchmarking on the ground of quality of IT sector, internal procedures, case management, client care etc., our law firm again needs to be envisaged as indisputable market leader. With bespoke approach to our clients we have assured a leading position and good reputation.

Our operative results yielded a possibility to participate in process of privatization and restructuring of ex state-owned property, resolving strategic economic controversies and other high value disputes, protection of human rights and intellectual property and the disputes that were of particular media and public interest.

From the beginning of our work, the law firm has been reinforced with young staff, with talented lawyers that are capable to resolve diverse problems with energy and knowledge.

Important moment in the life of the firm was in 2016, when we had moved to the new 1000 sq.m building on the present downtown address.

We sincerely believe that services based on proficiency and qualifications are the pillars of success. In year to come, our objectives shall remain the same – to provide a service of precision and high quality, and we will do that only if we stay current with the legal environment in Western Balkans.

In order to be capable to propose complex legal solutions, we need to cooperate with reputable business, tax, financial and accounting advisors in Montenegro and abroad. In addition to that, from time to time, we have cooperated with other specialists in areas that require specific non-legal qualifications and knowledge.


Federico Allavelli

Leaders in Law endorses Federico Allavelli as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in Italy. If you wish to get in touch with Federico, please use the contact information provided above.

Employment and Labour Lawyer with experience in litigation, out-of-court and contractual assistance. Federico gained experience for ordinary daily business activities as well as for extraordinary operations (collective dismissals, transfers of company or branch, restructuring and reorganizations, also in business crisis context). He also offers advice on Privacy & Data Protection; in particular issues concerning Employment and Labour Law.

Employment Law

Employment Law represents the core of the Studio which has gained experience providing legal services and supporting both Italian and foreign clients.

Our approach

The assistance covers transactions and the provision of day to day general employment advice. It is based on continuous updating, specific experience, knowledge and skills, maintaining an international and multicultural vision, in a constantly awake scenario.

We offer support to domestic and foreign companies both through judicial and non-judicial assistance.

The method is client oriented in order to completely understand the business, consequently offering a better service to enterprises, tailored to the each different client’s peculiarity.

Throughout the different areas of the matter, the Studio has gained experience in contractual assistance.

We fully cover all sectors of employment and labour law, with peculiar experience in managing, from the labour law perspective, across restructurings and reorganisations.


Titilope Awe

Leaders in Law endorses Titi Awe as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Titi please use the contact information provided above.

Titilope is a fast and forward-thinking reputable legal practitioner, who has vast experience in corporate and commercial law. She has advised several clients on various Nigerian and international transactions. She has advised clients on several labour law issues and real estate and construction transactions. As a commercial lawyer she has sat on several boards, and proffered legal advisory, company secretarial & regulatory compliance services to several clients.


Covenant University Ota, Ogun State. (BSC. Marketing)
Coventry University United Kingdom (LL.B)
Nigerian Law School (B.L)

Professional Membership

Nigerian Bar Association.
International Bar Association.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, U.K

Firm Description:

Stalwart Legal is a full-service millennial law firm that caters to a wide range of local and international clients.

The world is evolving and the major driver of this change is the impact of technology on every aspect of our lives. As a result, very few organisations are able to stay afloat in these times and those that are, require legal practitioners that are versed in the modish way the world operates.

Our strengths at Stalwart Legal include anticipating our clients’ needs in advance, proffering creative solutions to their problems, and staying abreast/informed of all legal, business, and regulatory developments on their brief.

Stalwart Legal was founded in 2015 with the vision of building a timeless legacy. With our team of lawyers, who have an in-depth understanding of their practice, our vision is to carve a niche for ourselves and ensure that our standards are parallel to the best global practices.

We undertake work for individuals, public and private companies, financial institutions, government, government agencies and consulting firms in various sectors.

Mission Statement

To provide our clients with contemporary legal services whilst, leveraging on our adept and vibrant legal practitioners, adopting a strategic and expedited approach in our service delivery .

Vision Statement

To be recognized as a dynamic top tier law firm with standards parallel to the best global practices.


Shpati Hoxha

Leaders in Law endorses Shpati Hoxha as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in Albania. If you wish to get in touch with Shpati, please use the contact information provided above.

Shpati Hoxha is a partner and one of the founders of HM&H. His practice focuses on corporate law, trade and competition matters, IP and IT law. Shpati advises investors on a wide range of business issues, including:

  • Governance
  • Market conduct
  • M&As
  • Project financing
  • Distribution and trade agreements
  • Technology transfer
  • Trademark enforcement
  • Data protection
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Internet law

He has moreover a significant experience in energy projects  in the energy and natural resources sector and has assisted clients in a number of high value M&A, financing and PPP transactions.

Mr. Hoxha has been involved in the drafting of key business related Acts, such as:

  • the commercial registry law (effective from 2007)
  • the company law (effective from 2008)
  • the takeover law (effective from 2010)
  • the new cross-border merger law (effective from 2012).

Shpati received a J.D. equivalent in comparative commercial law from Turin University Law School. He is qualified for representation before all levels of the Albanian judiciary.


  • Albanian Bar – 2003
  • Albanian Trademark Attorney – 2005


JD, Turin University Law School, Turin, Italy – 2002


Albanian, English and Italian

Firm Description:

Who we are

Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha is an independent Albanian business law firm. Founded in 2003 by a group of accomplished, internationally-trained lawyers, the firm has since acquired an ever-increasing reputation for professionalism and diligence.

Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha are dedicated to providing legal services based on the highest ethical and professional standards, which the partners are convinced can only be achieved through a total commitment to meeting clients’ goals.

Each client is personally followed up by a responsible partner, irrespective of the area of law, who ensures that the required attention is given to all possible related risks.

We constantly assess the individual objectives of the client with the aim of providing rapid alternative solutions. We work collaboratively with each client to deliver the best service in the market.

The team is therefore committed to delivering its legal services in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Our Values

  • Client Focus – We see our relationship with the client as a symbiotic bond and focus our efforts on understanding and meeting their needs.
  • Teamwork – We create flexible, interdisciplinary teams of local and international experts to successfully match local advice with a client’s global requirements.
  • Trust – We earn our clients’ trust through our competence and our in-depth knowledge of their business and objectives.
  • Integrity – We give straightforward advice based solely on our professional convictions and personal desire to provide the best possible outcome for our clients.

Carson Burnham

Leaders in Law endorses Carson Burnham as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in Massachusetts. If you wish to get in touch with Carson please use the contact information provided above.

Carson Burnham, Shareholder and Founding Chair of the Cross-Border Practice Group (CBP) at Ogletree Deakins, along with her global team, manages worldwide labor and employment matters for clients and offers practical solutions to employment law issues in over 140 countries. Carson has extensive experience advising employers with how to resolve their cross-border employment issues and structure global transactions in an efficient and cost effective manner. Carson specializes in worldwide Ethics Investigations for US- and European-headquartered multinationals, strategic approaches to Employment law issues in cross-border M&A, and international executive compensation and management.

As co-chair of the M&A practice group, Carson manages cross-border employment law issues in all manner of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate restructuring.  With over 20 years’ experience, Carson’s expertise focuses on the complex legal issues involved in managing M&A from a global perspective while remaining compliant, consistent and efficient at the local level.

Top issues Carson and her team work on include employment negotiation advice and counsel, compensation planning, executive compensation and benefits, international corporate structure requirements for engaging a local or expat workforce, union and works council negotiations, training, and litigation.  Carson specializes in assisting her US clients break through obstacles arising from foreign employment laws that impede fast-paced growth and progress.  The unique service-model of Ogletree’s CBP developed by Carson sets it apart from most international firms, as she and her team deliver results beyond US borders in the efficient, goal-oriented manner that US clients expect from good lawyers.  Carson regularly writes and speaks on all manner of topics important to multinational employers.

Practice Groups

Firm Description:

We provide coverage through 53 offices in 31 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. We represent employers of all sizes and across many industries, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Positive feedback on our counsel.

Client feedback has earned the firm multiple accolades in publications such as U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, and many others.

Commitment to diversity.

We believe our diverse group makes us better— as lawyers, and as people. Our lawyers are involved in numerous diverse bar associations and programs.

Global coverage.

Access lawyers who are admitted to practice in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, England, France, Germany, Mexico, and Canada.

Client-focused representation.

Our attorneys pledge to provide our clients with value, innovation, quality, collaboration, and effective communication.

Rates and rate structures.

Alternative fee arrangements are routinely offered to interested clients and can be structured around their unique situations.

Value-added client service.

Clients are constantly updated with newsletters and e-alerts on breaking developments. Client assessment surveys are consistently provided to assess and improve our performance.


Anne O’Connell

Leaders in Law endorses Anne O’Connell as our exclusively recommended Employment Law expert in Ireland. If you wish to get in touch with Anne please use the contact information provided above.

Anne O’Connell qualified as a solicitor in 2001 specialising in Employment Law and has over 17 years’ experience. Anne holds an LLB Degree together with Diplomas in Employment Law and International Litigation. She is also qualified as a New York Attorney. Having trained in Byrne Wallace, Anne moved on to practice in the Chief State Solicitors Office shortly after qualifying where she practiced for over 2 years in the area of Employment law and International litigation there. Anne acted in the largest International case taken by Ireland to date and also acted in a European case that led to the amendment to Ireland’s Constitution. In 2003 Anne moved to the Employment Law Department of William Fry solicitors’ where she remained dedicated for 11 years of practice. There she advised large multinational companies, semi-state companies, small businesses and employees in all areas of employment law, particularly issues that were likely to become contentious. During this period Anne was seconded to ESB Group to cover maternity leave for their In-House employment law solicitor. In 2014, Anne joined Sherwin O’Riordan solicitors as a salary partner Head of their Employment Law Department and left in early February 2017 to set up her own employment law firm.


  • Member of the Law Society of Ireland’s Employment Law Committee and the Employment Law Association of Ireland Committee.
  • Lectures and tutors extensively on employment topics including assessing and advising clients on risk at the Law Society of Ireland Professional Course, the Diploma on Employment and the Certificate on Employment Law Advocacy. External examiner for the Law Society’s Diploma on Employment Law and Employment Law Advocacy Certificate.
  • Lectured at the National College of Ireland, the Kildare County Enterprise Board course and at industry seminars nationwide.
  • Co-author of the Law Society’s Professional Practice Employment Law Manual. Also published in the IBA Employment Industrial Relations Law Newsletter, Irish Employment Law Journal, Industrial Relations News, Sunday Business Post, Business Plus Magazine and the Construction Industry Magazine.
  • Interviewed on RTE News, Ireland AM and Matt Cooper radio show on various employment law issues. Provides bespoke training to business clients.
  • Featured media articles in The Irish Independent.
  • Featured panel member of The Clare Byrne Show, RTE.

Firm Overview:

AOC Solicitors provides a strategic approach to the maze that is employment law. AOC Solicitors is the solutions team for any business addressing any employment law issue. We also advise individual employees facing employment law disputes. We focus on advising our clients on the best solution to achieve their objectives while meeting their needs and business requirements.

As part of its services AOC Solicitors places a high value on being available 24/7 (whenever their clients need them) to avoid claims and offers employers an Employment Law Hotline for a set monthly fee to enable guidance through any process without worrying about fees.

We advise private and public sector companies and individuals in contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, including termination of employment, industrial relations, bullying in the workplace, redundancy, restructuring, equality issues, protected disclosures and transfer of undertakings. We represent clients before employment law statutory bodies, the High Court and Circuit Court. We draft and advise on contracts, staff policies and procedures.

Laura Thalacker

Laura Thalacker has been practicing employment law in Nevada for over 21 years.  Prior to founding Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. with her longtime friend and colleague, Doreen Spears Hartwell, Laura worked for over 17 years at Nevada’s then-largest law firm, where she was a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department.   Laura focuses on representing employers in Nevada, throughout the U.S., and worldwide in employment law and litigation matters.

For two consecutive years, Laura has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as a Las Vegas “Lawyer of the Year.”  In the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers®, Laura was named as the “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation-Labor and Employment.  In 2015, she received the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” award for Employment Law-Management.  Mountain States Super Lawyers® also recognized Laura as one of its “Top 50 Women Attorneys” in 2013, and she is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.®

In additional to her credentials as a respected lawyer, Laura has been certified by the Society for Human Resources Management and Human Resources Certification Institute as a SHRM-Certified Senior Professional (SHRM-CSP) and as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), respectively.  Using her unique combination of practical human resources experience and in-depth legal knowledge, Laura takes a pro-active, preventative and strategic approach to employment issues.  She helps clients comply with a myriad of complex, and sometimes contradictory, federal and state employment and labor laws.  Laura takes great pride in her accessible and down-to-earth approach with clients, which is characterized by her ability to explain complex legal issues in practical and understandable terms and to listen to clients to understand and achieve their organizational and legal objectives for representation.

In the area of human resources compliance and counseling, Laura advises employers on a wide array of workplace issues including discipline and termination, reductions in force, leaves of absence, prevention of discrimination and harassment, social media use, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, drug testing, confidentiality and non-competes. Laura also drafts employee handbooks, policies, and employment contracts. She further provides training to employees, managers and executives on various human resources topics.

In addition to working with employers on legal compliance and litigation prevention, Laura defends employers in employment-related litigation in Nevada state and federal courts. Laura has represented employers in a variety of cases, including claims for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, violation of leave of absence laws, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, and non-compete and trade secret violations. In her administrative practice, she defends employers before federal and state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, the United States Department of Labor, and the Office of the Nevada Labor Commissioner.

Laura is a past Chairperson of the State Bar of Nevada’s Labor and Employment Section, and is former Chairperson of the State Bar of Nevada’s Publications Committee.  Laura has been a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of employment law topics for Bar Association, client and community events.  She serves as a Practical Law® contributor for Nevada on the topics of Non-Compete Laws, Background Check Laws, Anti-Discrimination Laws, Hiring Requirements, and Wage and Hour Laws.  In recent years, she has taken a particular interest in the far-reaching legal consequences of employee use of social media inside and outside the workplace (tweeting on the issue @Fired4Facebook).  Laura also provides pro bono legal services for non-profit organizations, including serving as legal counsel for the Nevada Land Trust and the Rape Crisis Center of Southern Nevada.

•B.A. (summa cum laude), Political Science and Women’s Studies, Wartburg College (1991)
•J.D. (with high distinction), University of Iowa College of Law (1994)
•Senior Note & Comment Editor, Iowa Law Review (1993-1994)
•Best Advocate and Best Brief Awards, Iowa Competitive Appellate Advocacy II (1994)
•Chicago Moot Court Team (1994)

Admissions & Certifications
•State Bar of Nevada (1994)
•United States District Court, District of Nevada (1994)
•United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1997)
•Society for Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SCP)
•Human Resources Certification Institute – Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

•Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of Nevada (past Chairperson)
•Litigation Section, State Bar of Nevada
•Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association
•Society for Human Resources Management
•Southern Nevada Human Resources Association
•Former Regional Vice-Chair (North America), Lex Mundi Global Labor and Employment Practice Group

Select Honors
•2016 Las Vegas “Lawyer of the Year” (Litigation-Labor and Employment) – The Best Lawyers in America®
•2015 Las Vegas “Lawyer of the Year” (Employment Law-Management) – The Best Lawyers in America®
•”Top 50 Women Lawyers,” Mountain States Super Lawyers® (2013)
•Las Vegas “Top Employment Lawyer-Management,” Vegas, Inc. (2012)
•Ranked by Chambers & Partners in the field of Labor and Employment Law (since 2010)
•The Best Lawyers in America®– Employment Law (Management); Labor Law (Management); and Litigation–Labor and Employment (since 2010)
•“AV-Preeminent,” Martindale-Hubbell®
•Mountain States Super Lawyers® in the categories of “Employment & Labor” and “Employment Litigation: Defense” (since 2012)
•”Top Lawyers,” Desert Companion Magazine (2014)


About Us

Laura Thalacker and Doreen Spears Hartwell joined together in 2014 to form the employment law and business litigation law firm of Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. after working together for nearly 15 years, first as associates and then as partners, in the litigation department of Nevada’s then-largest law firm.  A strong foundation built on friendship and trust, coupled with more than 35 years of combined legal experience, give Laura and Doreen a solid base from which to serve their clients in Southern Nevada and beyond.

Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. provides high-quality, cost-effective legal services to businesses of all sizes in the practice areas of:

Human Resources Compliance and Strategic Counseling; Employment and Labor Law Litigation; and Business and Commercial Litigation

“We love what we do. You’ll love what we can do for your business.”

As a boutique employment law and business litigation firm, Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. is able to provide its clients with the individualized attention and care their matters deserve.  Laura and Doreen take a hands-on, personal approach to their work, getting to know their clients and understanding the ins and outs of their businesses.  Ask their clients, and you will learn that Laura and Doreen are trusted, invaluable advisors and advocates.  They take a pragmatic, common sense approach to legal representation and work side-by-side with clients to allow them to focus on growing and running their business instead of costly legal matters.

Community Leadership

Laura and Doreen have served in leadership positions in various Bar and community organizations and are well-known and respected in the legal community.  They share a philosophy of fostering a firm culture that values diversity and the unique traits and skills that purpose-driven attorneys possess in providing clients with excellent representation, while also making a difference in their community.  In December 2014, Doreen was named “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” by The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada–a well deserved honor recognizing her for her tireless efforts and advocacy providing free legal services to disadvantaged individuals in the community.