John Alan Doran


Phone: 602.240.3032

Fax: 602.240.6600

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Legal Secretary

LoriAnn Hinkel

Areas of Emphasis

Labor and Employment

Litigation, Trials and Appeals


  • Juris Doctor, Vanderbilt University Law School, 1988
    • Order of the Coif
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Political Science and Film/Radio/Television, Loyola Marymount University, 1985

John Alan Doran is a Member of Sherman & Howard’s Labor and Employment Department has over 25 years of experience counseling and successfully representing employers in all facets of employment law matters. He regularly represents employers in mass employment, wage/hour class and collective action litigation, as well as employment discrimination, public accommodations discrimination, and wrongful termination litigation. In addition, John represents employers in restrictive covenant and trade secret matters in state and federal courts. He also regularly counsels clients on prevention strategies, executive employment contracts, downsizing and personnel policies.

John is a noted speaker and author addressing labor and employment issues and presents regularly at conferences and trade association events throughout the country. In addition, he is regularly acknowledged as a leading lawyer in his field and has been recognized for his work in labor law by Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007. He was recognized by Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 in Phoenix in the area of Labor Law – Management. He has been ranked in Chambers USA in the area of Labor & Employment Law every year since 2005 and has been recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers every year since 2007.

Representative Matters
  • Represents employers in mass employment and wage/hour class and collective action litigation; employment discrimination and wrongful termination litigation; trade secret, unfair competition, restrictive covenant and employee loyalty litigation.
  • Obtained countless awards of summary judgment on behalf of employers in employment and wrongful discharge cases in several state and federal courts.
  • Counsels clients on prevention strategies, executive employment contracts, downsizing, qui tam and government contractor obligations, personnel policies and disciplinary issues.
  • Argued multiple cases to the Arizona Supreme Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals, as well as the federal appellate system.
  • Appeals have covered workers’ compensation, immigration, civil rights, free speech/free exercise, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, commercial real estate contracts, international arbitration of antitrust disputes, employee benefits, and safety and health.
Professional Activities
  • Admitted Arizona, 1988; Texas, 2006
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh, Fifth, Ninth and Seventh Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Member, Board of Directors, Actors Theatre of Phoenix
  • Board Member Ex Officio, Arizona Manufacturers Council
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Charter Member, Management Labor & Employment Roundtable
  • Member, American Employment Law Council
  • Member, Maricopa County, Arizona and Federal Bar Associations
  • Member, Arizona Celtic Bar Association
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member, Valley of the Sun Human Resources Association
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2008-2009
Honors and Awards
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Labor and Employment Law, 2005-present
  • Southwest SuperLawyers Top 50 Arizona Lawyers, 2014
  • Arizona Labor Lawyer of the Year – CorporateINTL 2013
  • Best Lawyers’ 2012 Labor Law – Management Lawyer of the Year, Phoenix, AZ
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2007-present
  • Selected, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2011
  • Selected, “Best of the Bar Award” for Labor and Employment Law,  2003, 2004 and 2005
  • Recognized, Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-present
Publications and Presentations
  • Editorial Board, Arizona Employment Law Handbook
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Employment Law 360
  • “Disproportionate Incongruity: State Sovereign Immunity and The Future of Federal Employment Discrimination Laws,” Michigan State University Law Review
  •  “It Takes Three to Tango: The Intentional Interference With Contract Tort and Supervisory Liability in the Employment Setting Under Arizona Law,” Arizona State Law Journal
  •  “An Overview of Massachusetts Law of Wrongful Termination of Employment,” Massachusetts Law Review
  • “HIV and Disability Discrimination in the United States,” International Legal Strategies (Japan)
  •  Speaker, “FMLA Roundtable,” Labor & Employment Advanced Program, April 2011
  • Speaker, “Understanding Discrimination Class Actions,” Labor & Employment Advanced Program, April 2011
  • Speaker, “Dukes v. Wal-Mart Supreme Court Oral Argument Post Mortem,” Management Labor & Employment Roundtable, April 2011
  • Speaker, “Mid Term Madness: Making Sense of the Last Election and Impact on Arizona,” Arizona SHRM State Employment Law and Legislative Conference, March 2011
  • Panelist, “Employment Law Update,” Arizona SHRM State Council Annual Conference, September 2010
  • Speaker, “A Global Barn Door: Protecting Trade Secrets and Key Customer Relations in a Global Employment Environment,” National SHRM Annual Conference, June 2010
  • Speaker, “The New Wage and Hour–Why Plaintiffs Don’t Care About FLSA Any More,” National SHRM Conference, June 2008