Jess M. Krannich is a partner in the Salt Lake City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Jess is a litigator, trial lawyer, and trusted advisor who has significant experience representing clients in many types of complex civil disputes. His matters often involve high-stakes litigation, the management of acute legal crises, and the implementation of interconnected business and legal strategies to advance clients' goals through the legal system.

Jess regularly represents clients from a variety of industries and technological sectors, including life sciences, medical products and devices, pharmaceuticals, health care, computer sciences, consumer products, investment and financial services, and sports and entertainment. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, international businesses, middle-market and closely held companies, start-ups, and executives and other individuals. He also regularly represents pro bono clients and has accepted appointments from several federal courts to provide pro bono counsel in both civil and criminal matters.

Jess’ practice spans multiple types of complex civil litigation, including commercial disputes, intellectual property (patent, trademark, and copyright litigation as well as trade secret and other technology-based litigation), products liability, securities, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and various types of federal and state tort litigation. He regularly represents companies in class action lawsuits and various other forms of complex multi-party and multi-district litigation.

Following his law school graduation and judicial clerkships, Jess began his legal career in Kirkland & Ellis's Chicago office, where he became a litigation partner. Jess then returned to his home state of Utah, where he continued his legal career as a managing partner of Utah's preeminent litigation boutique. In 2021, Jess returned to Kirkland & Ellis as a litigation partner to help establish and build the firm's newly created Salt Lake City office. In addition to his litigation practice, Jess serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, where he has taught trial advocacy for nearly a decade.


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


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


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, 2015–2022

Rising Star, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2014

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

Memberships & Affiliations

Adjunct Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 2012–Present

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

David K. Watkiss, Sutherland II Inn of Court, 2013–Present


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013Utah
  • 2005Illinois


  • 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


  • 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