John Alan Doran
John Alan Doran

Member

Phone: 602.240.3032

Fax: 602.240.6600

jdoran@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

LoriAnn Hinkel
602.240.3005

Areas of Emphasis

Labor and Employment

Litigation, Trials and Appeals

Education

  • 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 has over 25 years of experience counseling and successfully representing employers in all facets of labor and 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. He also represents management in areas of traditional labor law, including the defense of unfair labor practices charges, the orchestration of campaigns to prevent workplace unionization, representation proceedings, and arbitrations. 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, personnel policies, and merger/acquisition employment issues.

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
  • Board Member Ex Officio, Arizona Manufacturers Council
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Charter Member, Management Labor & Employment Roundtable
  • Member, American Employment Law Council
  • Member, Arizona, American and Federal Bar Associations
  • Member, Arizona Celtic Bar Association
  • Member, National Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Phoenix
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2008-2009
  • Editorial Board, Arizona Employment Law Handbook
  • Editor, Lexis Arizona Employment Law Advisor
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Employment Law360, 2010-2011
  • Contributing Author, BNA Wage & Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey

 

Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, 2009-2011
    • Produces professional theater using local talent.

 

Bar Admissions

  • U.S Supreme Court
  • Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Arizona State Court
  • Texas State Court
Honors and Awards
  • Fellow
    The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
    2015
  • Fellow
    Litigation Counsel of America
  • Band 1 – Labor & Employment
    Chambers USA
    2005-2017
  • Top 50 Lawyers
    Southwest SuperLawyers
    2014-2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
    AZ Business Magazine
    2014-2017
  • Arizona Business Leader
    AZ Big Media
    2015
  • Labour & Employment Attorney of the Year
    Finance Monthly Law Awards
    2015
  • Arizona Labor Lawyer of the Year
    CorporateINTL
    2013
  • Lawyer of the Year – Labor Law-Management
    Best Lawyers
    2012
  • Best Lawyer
    Best Lawyers in America
    2007-2017
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
    2011
  • Best of the Bar Award – Labor and Employment Law
    2003 – 2005
  • Super Lawyer
    Southwest Super Lawyers
    2007-2017
  • Labor Lawyer of the Year
    ACQ Magazine Awards for Excellence
    2016
  • Rated AV Preeminent
    Martindale-Hubbel
Publications and Presentations

Recent Media

 

Recent Publications

 

Recent Presentations

  • Arizona Law Focus – Trade Secrets
    Arizona Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)
    September 2017
  • Retaliation Checklist and Updates
    • Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference
      May 2017
    • Sherman & Howard Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Law Conference
      April 2017
  • Arizona Potpourri
    Sherman & Howard Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Law Conference
    April 2017
  • Independent Contractors: You’re Doing it Wrong
    Sherman & Howard Arizona Construction Law Seminar
    October 2016
  • The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: 2015 And Q1 2016 In Review
    • Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference Agenda
      May 2016
    • Sherman & Howard Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Seminar
      April 2016
  • The Current Landscape for Employers: Lessons from Recent EEOC and Labor Cases
    Sherman & Howard Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Seminar
    April 2015