Stephen Mouritsen is a litigation partner in the Salt Lake City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on securities litigation. He has experience with a wide variety of securities-related matters, including securities fraud litigation, securities-related arbitration, and state and federal securities investigations. He also has significant experience with a variety of corporate and commercial disputes, as well as corporate restructuring litigation.

With a background in linguistics, Stephen has also written extensively on the intersection between law and language. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Washington Law Review, and the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, and has been cited by judges on the United States Supreme Court, various federal appellate and state supreme courts, and the Congressional Research Service’s report on Statutory Interpretation.


Thought Leadership


Co-Author with Justice Thomas R. Lee, “The Corpus and the Critics,” 87 University of Chicago Law Review 275, 2021

Author, “Natural Language in Legal Interpretation,” 85 Brooklyn Law Review 533, 2021

Author, “Contract Interpretation with Corpus Linguistics,” 94 Washington Law Review 1337, 2019

Co-Author with with Justice Thomas R. Lee, “Judging Ordinary Meaning,” 127 Yale Law Journal 788, 2018

Author, “Corpus Linguistics in Legal Interpretation: An Evolving Interpretive Framework,” 6 International Journal of Language & Law 67, 2017

Author, “Hard Cases and Hard Data,” 13 Columbia Science & Technology Law Review 156, 2012

Author, “The Dictionary Is Not a Fortress,” BYU Law Review 1915, 2010


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2017Utah
  • 2012New York


  • United States District Court for the District of Utah


  • English
  • Spanish


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

    Lead Articles Editor, BYU Law Review

    John S. Welch Award for Outstanding Legal Writing

  • Brigham Young UniversityM.A., Linguistics
  • Brigham Young UniversityB.A., English