Garrett Messerly is an associate and member of the Litigation Practice Group in the Salt Lake City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he represents and advises clients in a variety of white collar and regulatory defense matters. Garrett also represents clients during workplace investigations for discrimination and fraud, and in trial for complex civil, commercial, or criminal matters. Garrett also conducts internal investigations on behalf of clients.

Garrett is an experienced trial attorney and litigator. Before joining the firm, Garrett served in the United States Air Force JAG Corps. During his years of service, Garrett distinguished himself as a premier litigator, prosecuting a variety of felony-level crimes in military justice and criminal cases. Garrett also oversaw and conducted numerous investigations. Following his time as a prosecutor, Garrett was selected to serve as a defense attorney at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where he defended cadets, airmen, and officers in all military justice cases and adverse administrative actions. While stationed at the Academy, Garrett also guest lectured at the Academy's Department of Law.


Thought Leadership


Author, “A Half-Baked Law: How the Supreme Court's Decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District Misses a Key Ingredient to Fifth Amendment Protection,” 2 BYU Law Review 549, 2015

Author, “’… and Justice for All’: Why Utah Courts Should Recognize Third-Party Evidence Spoliation as an Independent Tort,” Utah Trial Journal, Fall 2015 (Recognized as Article of the Year for the Utah Association for Justice, 2016)


Super Lawyers, Rising Star for Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2022

Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch 2023

Air Force Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, 2020 (Q4), 2019 (Q1) and 2018 (Q1)

Memberships & Affiliations

Utah State Bar: Litigation Section, Criminal Defense Section, Military Section

J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Salt Lake City Chapter


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015Utah


  • United States District Court for the District of Utah
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2015

    Managing Editor of Administration & Associate Editor, BYU Law Review

    President, BYU Trial Advocacy

    National Trial Competition Regional Winner

    National Semi-Finalist

    Professionalism Award Recipient, 2015

    Recipient of the Faculty Award for Meritorious Achievement and Outstanding Service, 2015

  • Southern Utah UniversityB.S., Communications & Business Managementsumma cum laude2009
    Varsity Baseball