Overview

Jess M. Krannich is a litigation partner in the Salt Lake City office and a member of Kirkland’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. A seasoned trial lawyer, Jess has won nearly twenty jury and bench trials, arbitrations, and injunctive hearings. He also has a strong record of obtaining early wins in large, complex cases through motion practice and strategic case development. Jess has won multiple zero-liability or zero-damages awards on behalf of defendants, resulting in billions of dollars in savings, and has recovered over $500 million on behalf of plaintiffs. Jess is recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in the Intermountain West and is a go-to litigator for high-stakes and “bet-the-company” cases throughout the United States. His matters often involve the management of acute legal crises and the most significant legal issues his clients face. Clients appreciate Jess’s focused, strategic approach to advancing his clients’ goals while minimizing the business impact.

Jess’s client base is primarily in the high technology field, including in life sciences, medical products and devices, computer sciences, consumer products, and financial services. His clients range from start-ups to public and Fortune 500 companies, and their executives.

Jess’s practice spans multiple types of complex commercial litigation but emphasizes competition disputes ranging from trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation to intellectual property disputes, unfair competition, and antitrust litigation. Jess also has extensive experience in tort and product liability litigation and has represented clients in a variety of regulatory actions. Many of his cases involve class actions or consolidated multi-district litigation.

In addition to his litigation practice, Jess is active in the Salt Lake City business and legal community. Among other engagements, he sits on the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney University of Utah College of Law.

Representative clients have included British Petroleum, BDO USA, LLP, Route App, Inc., Ivanti, Inc., Owlet, Nexio, and Sotheby’s International Realty, among others.

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Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Trial Advocacy, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 2014–Present

Advanced Negotiation Skills/ABA Negotiation Competition, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 2012–2019

Corporate Theory and Constitutional Rights, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Spring 2006

Publications

Author, “In Dedication to Chief Justice Christine M. Durham,” 75 U. Albany L. Rev. 101, 2012

Co-Author with James R. Holbrook & Julie McAdams, “Beyond ‘Thinking Like a Lawyer’ and the Traditional Legal Paradigm: Toward a Comprehensive View of Legal Education,” 86 Den. U. L. Rev. 381, 2009

Author, “A Modern Disaster: Agricultural Land, Urban Growth, and the Need for a Federally Organized Comprehensive Land Use Planning Model,” 16 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 57, 2006

Author, “The Corporate ‘Person’: A New Analytical Approach to a Flawed Method of Constitutional Interpretation,” 37 Loyola Univ. Chicago L. J. 61, 2005

Author, “A Defendant Has a Right to Seek Capital Punishment,” Utah L. Rev. 173, 2004

Recognition

“500 Leading Litigators,” Lawdragon, 2024

Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers USA, 2023

Super Lawyers Top 100, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2022

Commercial Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, 2015–2023

Utah's Legal Elite, Commercial Litigation, Utah Business Magazine, 2016–2021

Business Litigation, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2015–2023

Rising Star, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2014

Pro Bono Service Award, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 2009–2011

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Board of Governors, Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce

Adjunct Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 2012–Present (Trial Advocacy; Advanced Negotiation)

Member & Officer, Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar, 2013–2022

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013Utah
  • 2005Illinois

Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Utah
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Utah Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of LawJ.D.2005

    Order of the Coif

    Articles Editor, Utah Law Review

    National Moot Court Team

  • University of UtahB.S., Political Sciencewith Honors2002