Douglas B. Cannon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Salt Lake City, UT

Fabian VanCott
 | 215 South State Street, Suite 1200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: 801-531-8900
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Antitrust Litigation (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

A shareholder at Salt Lake City-based Fabian VanCott, Douglas B. Cannon focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, representing both individual and class action clients throughout Utah who have been harmed by the negligent or reckless actions of other parties. He has a particular emphasis on defective medical devices, including transvaginal and pelvic mesh cases. Other product liability cases that Mr. Cannon has handled have involved snowmobiles, heavy equipment, watercraft and all-terrain vehicles. He also has experience in automobile and commercial vehicle accident litigation, and he has tried numerous cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts.

In 1981, Mr. Cannon received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in business and economics from The University of Utah. He then went on to attend Duke University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor with honors in 1984. While in law school, Mr. Cannon served on the staff of Law & Contemporary Problems, one of the school's several journals.

Mr. Cannon is admitted to practice before all Utah and Idaho state courts. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Cannon is frequently asked to deliver presentations on topics related to his practice area to groups of fellow attorneys. His colleagues hold him in high regard, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been named to Utah Business magazine's annual Legal Elite list.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Products (50%): Medical Devices, Products Liability

Antitrust Litigation (30%)

Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Medical Devices, Products Liability


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

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About Douglas Cannon

Admitted: 1984, Utah

Professional Webpage:


  • Recognized as “Super Lawyer” in the field of Product Liability, Mountain States Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Recognized as “Legal Elite” in the field of Product Liability, Utah Business Magazine
  • Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1994
  • Idaho State Bar, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 1984
  • Utah State Bar, 1984
  • Utah State Bar, Character Fitness Committee, Member, 2001-2011

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Regularly provides pro bono service for Needs of the Elderly Committee
  • Regularly provides pro bono service for Utah Legal Services
  • Judge Pro-Tem
  • Product Liability Jury Instruction Subcommittee, Member, 2004-Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter at Utah Trial Lawyers Seminar on Medical Devices
  • Contributing Editor on Product Liability, Utah Trial Lawyers Journal
  • “Connecting the Dots: Using Damage Experts in a Personal Injury Case,” Utah State Bar Mid- Year Meeting, 2002
  • Co-Author, “Attorney Fee Shifting: Are We Quietly Repealing the American Rule?” 47 Law & Con- temporary Problems, 321, Winter 1984

Educational Background:

  • University of Utah, Bachelor of Arts, Major: Business-Economics, Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Honors: Honorary Scholastic Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, 1981
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Office Location for Douglas B. Cannon

215 South State Street
Suite 1200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phone: 801-531-8900


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Last Updated: 11/30/2017

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