Fennemore Craig, P.C.

Sherry Janssen Downer - Fennemore Craig

Sherry Janssen Downer

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 internal investigations, and regularly writes and speaks about employment matters.  Ms. Downer has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law teaching employment topics and serves on the Society for Human Resources of Greater Tucson’s (SHRM-GT) Legislative Update committee.  Her peers recognized her as a 2013-2015 Southwest Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Employment Litigation: Defense, as one of the Best Lawyers In America 2014 - 2016 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 and as a 2014 “Up & Comer.”  The Governor recently appointed Ms. Downer to the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, the committee that recommends candidates for Pima County Superior Court Judge to the Governor for appointment.

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 has served 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 former 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, and wrongful termination. 

Ms. Downer is an active member of the Tucson community, serving on the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Board of Directors and chairing its Government Relations Committee.  She is a former chair of the Chamber’s Candidate Selection Committee and participated 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 and the Emerging Leader’s Council.  Ms. Downer is a former member of the Primavera Cooks! Committee, helping to organize and support a series of fundraising dinner events for the Primavera Foundation, 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
title: Director
location: Tucson
p: (520) 879-6852
f: (520) 879-6897
e: sdowner@fclaw.com

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April 13, 2015
Fennemore Craig Announces Leadership Team [NEWS]

August 27, 2015
Fennemore Craig Announces Joe Chandler As Real Estate Practice Group Chair [NEWS]

August 18, 2015
Business Insider | John Balitis comments on paid and unpaid internships [NEWS]


Publications and Events
July 20, 2015
2015 Second Quarter Tax Developments [NEWSLETTER]

September 9, 2015
Nevada Court of Appeals Luncheon [SEMINAR]

August 28, 2015
2015 AZ SHRM State Conference [SEMINAR]

September 2, 2015
Bob Maheu First Wednesday Lunch [SEMINAR]

September 11, 2015
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Symposium [SEMINAR]