Kenneth L. Cannon II is a shareholder in the Salt Lake City firm of Durham Jones & Pinegar. His practice focuses on business reorganization, bankruptcy litigation, and creditors' rights. He formerly was a partner in a national firm for many years, working from its Salt Lake City and New York City offices. Ken is rated as "AV - Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1995, in Mountain States Super Lawyers since 2008 (top 75 lawyers in the Intermountain West), and in Utah Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" since 2007 (top 100 lawyers in Utah). Best Lawyers in America named him the 2010 Utah Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
Ken received his B.A. summa cum laude from Brigham Young University in history and was the valedictorian of his college and received his J.D. cum laude from J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a J. Reuben Clark Scholar. He also holds an M.A. in American history from BYU.
Early in his legal career, Ken took a leave of absence to conduct research on Scandinavian insolvency law as a senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Helsinki. He served as an adjunct faculty member at BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School for a number of years, co-teaching with Ralph Mabey the debtor-creditor course and a seminar on business reorganization under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Ken has published and lectured widely on commercial and bankruptcy law topics as well as on legal historical and nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American historical topics. He serves on the Bankruptcy Local Rules Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah (which he chaired from 2008-2011, during the comprehensive revision of that court's local rules of practice) and on the Attorney Disciplinary Committee for the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Ken is admitted to practice in Utah, New York, and the District of Columbia, and in the United States District Courts for the District of Utah and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, a number of United States Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the advisory board of editors of Signature Books, of the board of the Mormon History Association, and is chair of the national advisory council of his undergraduate college at BYU.