Stephen Tensmeyer is a litigation associate in the Salt Lake City office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has a broad range of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial disputes, including trials in state and federal courts, arbitrations and appeals. He has represented a diverse client base at all stages of litigation in a wide variety of subject areas, including trade secrets, intellectual property, consumer class actions, business torts, contracts, executive compensation and employment, among others.


Thought Leadership


Author, “Constitutionalizing Equity: Consequences of Broadly Interpreting the ‘Modern Rule’ of Injunctions Against Defamation,” New York University Annual Survey of American Law

Student Note, “Modernizing Chinese Trust Law,” New York University Law Review, June 2015


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2021Utah
  • 2016California


  • English
  • Mandarin


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2015

    Order of the Coif

    Managing Editor, New York University Law Review

    President, Asia Law Society

    Vice President, J. Reuben Clark Law Society

    Law Review Alumni Award for Third Highest Cumulative GPA at Graduation

    Best Brief in Marden Moot Court Competition, Fall 2013 & Spring 2015

  • Brigham Young UniversityB.A., International Relations & Philosophy2012