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 & Employment

Litigation, Trials & 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 more than 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
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation: Labor and Employment, Qui Tam Law, Arizona (2007-2020)
  • Super Lawyers, “Top 50 Lawyers,” Southwest (2014-2019)
  • Chambers USA, Band 1, Labor & Employment, Arizona (2005-2019)
  • AZ Business Magazine, “Top 100 Lawyers,” Arizona (2018)
  • AZ Business Magazine, “AZ Business Leaders” (2015, 2018-2020)
  • Super Lawyers, Labor and Employment, Southwest (2007-2019)
  • AZ Business Magazine, “Top 100 Lawyers” (2014-2017)
  • ACQ Magazine, “Labor Lawyer of the Year” (2016)
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow (2015)
  • Finance Monthly, “Attorney of the Year,” Labor & Employment, Arizona (2015)
  • CorporateINTL, “Labor Lawyer of the Year,” Arizona (2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year,” Labor Law-Management, Arizona (2012)
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers (2011)
  • Arizona Bar Association, “Best of the Bar,” Labor and Employment Law (2003-2005)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, “AV Rated”
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Publications and Presentations

Recent Media

 

Recent Publications

 

Recent Presentations

  • The Year in Review, and Then Some
    AZ HR Hub
    October 2019
  • Five Star Investigations: How to Protect Your Investigations from Judges and Juries
    Sherman & Howard Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Conference
    September 2019
  • Lessons From In-House Counsel
    Panel Leader, Sherman & Howard Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Conference
    September 2019
  • The Duty to Accommodate in the Workplace
    Labor and Employment Advanced Program
    May 2019
  • Opioids and Marijuana: Coping with a Workplace Quagmire
    Wolters Kluwer CLE Roundtable Webinar
    May 2019
  • Gold Star Investigations
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference
    May 2019
  • Labor and Employment Law Legal Update
    East Valley SHRM of Greater Phoenix
    April 2019
  • 2018 H.R. Darwin Awards: Learning from the Mistakes of Others, So You Don’t Go Extinct
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference
    May 2018
  • 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