The LVNBA Executive Board has four members: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
The current officers (2011-2013) are:
Doreen Spears Hartwell, President: Doreen Spears-Hartwell, is a shareholder in the Litigation Department at Lionel Sawyer & Collins. She received her J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Spears Hartwell’s areas of practice include litigation involving employment, trade secret and non-compete claims, real estate, trust/probate matters and other business-related disputes. She has successfully defended employers in cases involving wrongful termination, breach of contract, discrimination and/or harassment in violation of Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA and state employment statute claims. Ms. Spears Hartwell also has substantial experience in successfully litigating trade secret and non-compete claims. She is a Trustee of the LVNBA Foundation and was Co-Chair of the LVNBA Scholarship Gala Committee in 2010 and 2011.
Professor Rachel J. Anderson, Vice President: Professor Anderson is a faculty member at the UNLV Boyd School of Law and teaches business organizations and international business transactions. She graduated from Reed High School in Sparks, holds a M.A. in International Policy from Stanford University, and received her J.D. from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law where she served as an editor on the California Law Review, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and the African-American Law & Policy Report. Before joining the faculty at Boyd Law, Professor Anderson was corporate associate at Skadden Arps and worked for the consulting branch of a German utility. She is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy and is the advisor to the Boyd Black Law Students Association and the International Law Society. She was LVNBA Secretary, 2009-2011.
Karl O. Riley, Secretary: Karl Riley is an associate attorney in the commercial litigation group at Snell & Wilmer. He received a B.S. in Business Administration in International Business from Washington University Olin School of Business and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law where he served as an editor on the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. He represents clients in various contract disputes, particularly in bank and securities litigation. Mr. Riley also defends clients in all types of discrimination and harassment claims under Title VII and state law, as well as in wage and hour disputes. He was Chair of the LVNBA Membership and Elections Committee in 2011.
Karl W. Armstrong, Treasurer: Karl Armstrong is Senior Counsel at Sherman & Associates and acts as staff counsel for Travelers’ Insurance Company. He received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law where he served as an editor on The Journal of Corporation Law. He clerked for the Honorable Addeliar D. Guy, III (1991-1992) and was the firstAfrican-American law clerk in Nevada. Mr. Armstrong worked as Assistant General Counsel for the University and Community College System of Nevada (now known as the Nevada System of Higher Education) from 1997 to 2001 and is believed to be the first African-American attorney employed by the Nevada system of higher education. He serves on the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline and is the Chairman and a member of the board of directors of Easter Seals of Southern Nevada. Mr. Armstrong was LVNBA Vice President, 1995-1996.