John D. Doran's practice focuses exclusively on representing management in labor and employment matters, including:

  • Department of labor investigations
  • Proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Labor arbitrations
  • Collective bargaining

John appears in federal and state courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, and other state human rights agencies. He also defends employers against discrimination claims based on race, sex, age, religion, national origin and disability and handles matters related to:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • The Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act
  • The Rhode Island Civil Rights Act

In the area of traditional labor law, John has handled seven unfair labor practice trials, dozens of arbitrations, four strikes and numerous other near-strikes. He also has extensive collective bargaining experience and handled one of the first full first contract interest arbitrations pursuant to a UNITE-HERE neutrality agreement.

In addition, John regularly advises clients on and litigates cases involving a myriad of employment-related issues, including:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Hiring and firing policies
  • Employment agreements
  • Employment manuals

John is on the faculty of the National Business Institute and regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on labor and employment topics. He is a contributing author for the Practical Law Company, an online subscription service that provides in-house counsel access to legal materials and resources written by attorneys in law firms. 

Prior to working at Littler Mendelson, John spent three years at the Department of Labor.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Massachusetts Bar Association


Rhode Island Bar Association


Named, Recognised Practitioner

Chambers USA

2017, 2020

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


News, Analysis & Press

2nd Cir. Social Media Ruling Has Broader Effect

BNA's Health Law Reporter

November 5, 2015

Hospital/Physician Alignment, Health IT Top List of Health Law Issues for 2015

Bloomberg BNA BNA's Health Law Reporter™

January 8, 2015

Order Striking Provisions of Hospital Code Of Conduct Provides Lessons for Employers

Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter™

February 6, 2014

Plan Regulation, Medicaid Top List of Issues for 2014 Amid ACA Uncertainty

Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives™ Special Report

January 14, 2014

NLRB Ruling On Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements Rejected on Appeal

Bloomberg Law, BNA’s Health Law Reporter

December 19, 2013

Board Chips Away at Beck Rights


December 31, 2012

Books & Book Chapters

  • Developing Labor Law, contributing editor, BNA, 2010-2011

Speaking Engagements

The Rhode to Recovery

April 22, 2020

2019 Rhode Island Employment Update

Providence, RI

May 21, 2019

2018 Rhode Island Employment Law

Providence, RI

May 15, 2018

2018 Rhode Island Employment Law

Providence, RI

May 15, 2018

Rhode Island Employment Law Update

Providence, RI

May 2, 2017

Leaves of Absence: The Ongoing Challenges of Complying with the ADA and FMLA

2016 New England Employer Conference, Burlington, MA

October 13, 2016

DOL’s Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now??

Providence, RI

September 15, 2015

Rhode Island Employment Law Update

Providence, RI

May 22, 2014

Legislative Update

Association for Healthcare Human Resources Administration of RI (AHHRARI), Providence, RI

November 21, 2013

NLRB Update: Recent Developments Under the New NLRB

Boston, MA

June 14, 2012

The 2011 Littler Health Care Summit

June 8, 2011

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA): A Sea Change of Interest to All Employers

October 15, 2008

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA): A Sea Change of Interest to All Employers

October 14, 2008


  • J.D., Suffolk University, 1997cum laude
  • B.S., Boston College, 1992

Bar Admission

Rhode Island