Fennemore Craig, P.C.


Sherry Janssen Downer - Fennemore Craig


Sherry Janssen Downer
DIRECTOR




Ms. Downer helps her clients navigate complex business problems and employment issues.  She practices in the areas of employment and labor law, commercial and business litigation, and professional liability.  Ms. Downer represents companies in litigation before courts and administrative agencies on a variety of business and employment disputes including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, non-competition and trade secrets, commercial disputes, and contract and tort claims.  She advises companies on employment issues, drafts policies, conducts employee and management level training, and regularly writes and speaks about employment matters.  Ms. Downer is an Adjunct Professor at the Universityof Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, teaching employment topics.  Her peers recognized her as a 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Employment Litigation: Defense, as one of the Best Lawyers In America 2014 in the area of Employment Law-Management, and rated her AV-Preeminent, the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating available.  The Arizona Daily Star and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named Ms. Downer to the 2013 “40 Under 40” list of leaders, and Inside Tucson Business recognized Sherry in its 2013 “Women of Influence” list of 10 inspirational women.     

Ms. Downer's commercial litigation practice includes litigating a variety of business disputes, and contract and tort claims on behalf of corporate clients.  Ms. Downer represents clients in complex construction and development litigation and has been involved with a number of construction-related organizations since 2007. Ms. Downer currently serves as a member of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) Advisory Council, and served as the legal chair for the Arizona Builder’s Alliance, Southern Division from 2007 to 2012 and legal chair for the Cornerstone Building Foundation.  She has successfully defended and obtained dismissals for professionals, including attorneys, doctors, and architects against professional malpractice claims.  Ms. Downer’s practice includes working in the mining industry, defending mining companies in arbitration and litigation, conducting supervisor training, and investigating and defending harassment, discrimination, whistleblower, wrongful termination, and Federal Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA) claims. 

Ms. Downer is an active member of the Tucson community, currently chairing the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Candidate Selection Committee, vice-chairing its Government Relations Committee, and participating in the Chamber’s Business Expansion and Retention project to help retain and attract businesses to Tucson.  She is a member of the Greater Tucson Leadership class of 2014.  Ms. Downer is also a member of the Primavera Cooks! Committee, helping to organize and support a series of fundraising dinner events for the Primavera Foundation since 2009.   Ms. Downer is a former member of the Catholic Community Services’ Board and Human Resources Committee and a past member of the Junior League of Tucson.



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Sherry Janssen Downer
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location: Tucson
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In The News

April 15, 2014
Fennemore Craig Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Southwest Super Lawyers® and Southwest Rising StarsSM [NEWS]

January 30, 2014
Fennemore Craig Elects New Director to Tucson Office [NEWS]

October 3, 2013
Sherry Downer Recognized As One of Tucson’s 40 Under 40 Professional Leaders for 2013 [NEWS]

August 15, 2013
82 Fennemore Craig Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2014© [NEWS]

June 28, 2013
Inside Tucson Business | Sherry Downer: Employers, Be careful asking about cancer and other illnesses [NEWS]

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Publications and Events
November 13, 2013
New Arizona Court of Appeals guidance regarding employer-employee restrictive covenants [NEWSLETTER]

November 13, 2012
If You Missed Our Most Recent Employment Seminar, Click Here to View the Podcast and Presentations [NEWSLETTER]

October 2, 2012
Fennemore Craig's Employment Law Breakfast Briefing [SEMINAR]

February 16, 2012
If you missed our most recent Employment Seminar, click here to watch online and get materials. [SEMINAR]

August 9, 2011
Arizona Supreme Court Rejects Homeowners’ Attempt to Lengthen The Statute of Repose for Property Defect Claims [NEWSLETTER]

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