Jess M. Krannich
Practice AreasBusiness Litigation Intellectual Property and Technology
Jess M. Krannich is a litigator, trial lawyer, and trusted advisor who has significant experience representing clients in all manner of complex civil disputes. His matters often involve high-stakes litigation, the management of acute legal crises, and the implementation of in-depth business and legal strategies to advance clients’ goals through the legal system.
Mr. Krannich 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 both public and private companies, and he regularly provides counsel to businesses on various public company and regulatory matters as well as complex organizational and structural issues. Mr. Krannich’s 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 been appointed by federal courts to provide pro bono counsel in both civil and criminal matters.
Mr. Krannich’s 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. Although Mr. Krannich is a litigator, he is frequently sought as an advisor and counselor and has served as outside counsel to numerous clients in multiple industries.
Mr. Krannich has been a partner at Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar PLLC since 2012 and serves as one of its managing members. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Krannich was a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Krannich is an Adjunct Professor of Law in the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.
Outside of practicing law, Mr. Krannich enjoys traveling, downhill skiing, fly-fishing, weightlifting, playing the guitar, and spending quality time with his wife, three young children, and two dogs.
Trial counsel defending largest international fast-food franchising corporation in case involving claims of breach of contract and fraud. Trial team won directed verdict following five-week jury trial, including on trademark infringement counterclaims.
Arbitration counsel to international accounting firm in suit alleging professional malpractice and breach of contract brought by former client involved in international jewelry manufacturing and sales. Obtained award of no liability and zero damages following four-week arbitration.
Defense counsel for Big Four accounting firm in action involving alleged improper valuation of healthcare conglomerate purchased by plaintiff. Successfully moved for summary judgment on some claims and prevailed on remaining claims following jury trial, resulting in verdict of zero liability.
Defense counsel for Fortune 500 telecommunications corporation in lawsuit involving claims of patent infringement, to correct inventorship, breach of contract, and fraud. Obtained summary judgment following five years of litigation, including interlocutory appeal to Federal Circuit.
Trial counsel for international nutritional supplement manufacturer and distributor in class action consumer fraud and false advertising lawsuit. Obtained highly favorable class settlement shortly before trial.
Defense counsel to Fortune 500 technology company in multiple class action securities fraud and related shareholder derivative actions. Successfully moved to dismiss several cases. Negotiated highly favorable settlement on eve of trial in securities fraud action alleging $1.3 billion in damages.
Trial counsel for international consumer goods company in case involving allegations of breach of contract and defamation. Opposing party agreed to dismiss all claims with prejudice following summary judgment briefing.
Counsel for international, Utah-based sports and entertainment company. Representation has included successful prosecution of case involving breaches of non-disclosure, non-compete and trade secret obligations by former high-level employees, resulting in permanent injunction. Also successfully defended products and design and warning defect cases brought by injured patrons.
Counsel to Silicon Valley based technology company in high-profile declaratory judgment action against Utah-based genetics company involving validity of cancer screening patents. Opposing party agreed to favorable settlement and dismissed all claims against client before close of discovery.
Regulatory and defense counsel to Utah-based medical products company. Representation includes successful defense of false advertising claims brought by competitors and regulatory issues involving the EPA.
Defense counsel to international medical products company in action including claims of trade secret, non-disclosure and non-compete violations. Obtained highly favorable settlement following post-discovery mediation.
Lead litigation counsel for international automotive parts manufacturer in various post-bankruptcy actions. Successfully obtained dismissal of multiple actions in state and federal court against both pre- and post-bankruptcy entities.
Defense counsel to largest international oil and gas company in case involving claims of Underground Storage Tank Act violations and fraud.
Defense counsel in case involving breach of contract, fraud, construction defect and insurance disputes related to construction of Four Seasons Resort in Vail, Colorado.
Defense counsel to New York-based technology company in high-profile copyright infringement case brought by Utah broadcasters.
Appointed by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals as lead counsel to represent pro bono clients in two appeals involving significant issues of constitutional and criminal law.
- J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah (2005)
- Order of the Coif
- Articles Editor, Utah Law Review
- National Moot Court Team
- B.S., University of Utah, with honors (2002)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Joan B. Gottschall, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Law Clerk to Chief Justice Christine M. Durham, Utah Supreme Court
Licenses and Admissions
- Utah (2013)
- Illinois (2005)
- Illinois Supreme Court
- Utah Supreme Court
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the District of Utah
- United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Professional Affiliations and Activities
- Adjunct Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah (2012-present)
- Member, Executive Committee of Litigation Section of Utah State Bar (2013-present)
- David K. Watkiss – Sutherland II Inn of Court (2013-present)
Professional Recognitions and Honors
- The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation (2015-2020)
- Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation (2015-2020)
- Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2014)
- Utah Business magazine, Utah’s Legal Elite, Commercial Litigation (2016-2018)
- Recipient of Kirkland & Ellis LLP Pro Bono Service Award (2009-2011)
- Jess M. Krannich, In Dedication to Chief Justice Christine M. Durham, 75 U. Albany L. Rev. 101 (2012)
- Jess M. Krannich, James R. Holbrook, and 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)
- Jess M. Krannich, 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)
- Jess M. Krannich, The Corporate “Person”: A New Analytical Approach to a Flawed Method of Constitutional Interpretation, 37 Loyola Univ. Chicago L. J. 61 (2005)
- Jess M. Krannich, A Defendant Has a Right to Seek Capital Punishment, 2004 Utah L. Rev. 173 (2004)
Seminars and Presentations
- 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-present)
- Corporate Theory and Constitutional Rights, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (Spring 2006)