Kenneth B. Black

Kenneth B. Black

Salt Lake City, UT

About Ken

Ken Black is a partner of the firm and engages in a complex business litigation practice, with emphasis in intellectual property, securities, employment, and other commercial disputes. He represents clients in trademark, trade dress, copyright, right of publicity, and patent disputes. Ken has also litigated a wide variety of intellectual property-related contract, licensing, trade secrets and unfair competition disputes. He represents businesses, accountants, and individuals in securities litigation matters, including class actions, shareholder derivative suits, SEC investigations, dissenting shareholder actions, and battles for corporate control. Ken also represents employers in race, gender, religion, and disability discrimination cases in federal and state courts. He also assists employers with disputes involving employment agreements, covenants not to compete, and nondisclosure obligations. Ken also handles commercial litigation in a variety of other substantive areas, including antitrust, real property, construction, franchise/distribution, and other contract and tort matters. He is a past member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Ken is admitted to practice in both Utah and California. While he resides and practices principally in Utah, he is frequently retained to handle litigation matters in Northern and Southern California federal and state courts.

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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2021; Litigation – Securities Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2012, 2017 and 2019; Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2015; and Litigation – Intellectual Property Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2013
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Litigation – Securities, Trade Secrets Law), 2008–2022
  • Named a “Patent Star – Utah” and “Trademark Star – Utah” in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars, 2018–2020
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2013
  • Listed for many years in the Utah Business “Legal Elite”
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Utah) by Chambers USA (currently: Litigation: General Commercial), 2005–2021
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities Litigation), 2007–2021
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® in Top 100 Lawyers, 2012–2017, 2020–2021
  • President, 2004, and board member, 1999-2005, Federal Bar Association, Utah Chapter
  • Member, Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism, 2004–2013
  • Executive committee member, Salt Lake County Bar Association, 2001–2005
  • Member, Tenth Circuit Judicial Conference Program Committee, 2003–2004
  • Member, U.S. District Court, District of Utah Technology Committee, 2001–2009

Civic Activities

  • Member, University of Utah National Honors Advisory Board, 2001-2013
  • Judge pro tem, Third Judicial District Small Claims Court, 1997-1999
  • Member, University of Utah Alumni Student Recruiting Committee, 1994-1997
  • Assistant district commissioner, Boy Scouts of America, 1995-1998
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