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John A. Zackrison

Of Counsel
Key Bank Tower
36 S. State Street
Suite 1900
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Mr. Zackrison is a member of the Firm’s International Section.  His current and recent projects include:

  • Handling international legal matters for major religious and other clients, including entity and real-estate structuring projects in foreign jurisdictions, establishing governmental agreements, assisting with international contracting projects, developing strategies for expanding client activities in foreign jurisdictions
  • Overseeing the strategy development and implementation of government relations programs and activities for clients worldwide


    • International Legal Counsel for Europe, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2005-2009 (Frankfurt, Germany)
      • European in-house counsel responsible for standard matters such as immigration, labor, tax, VAT, corporate compliance, tort and other claims, as well as for issues of religious freedom, standing of the Church under the laws of each country, and achieving “recognition” for the Church throughout Europe
    • Partner, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis, 1979-2005 (Los Angeles and D.C. Offices)
      • Retired as head of Kirkland's Los Angeles environmental practice; handled litigation, counseling and regulatory matters under CERCLA, toxic tort and Proposition 65, and other federal and state statutes for clients such as Boeing, GTE, United Technologies, Motorola, Firestone, Dow Chemical, and others


    • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1979
    • Brigham Young University, B.A., Economics, summa cum laude, 1975

    Bar Admissions

    • California, 1990
    • District of Columbia (1979); Maryland (1984) (both “inactive”)
    • Supreme Court of the United States (1990)
    • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th Circuits) and District Courts (Southern and Northern California, Arizona, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Louisiana, Colorado)


    • J. Reuben Clark Law Society (Advisory Board, 2007 – 2013; International Board, 2004-2007; Chair, Los Angeles Chapter, 2000-2002)
    • Member, American Chamber of Commerce, Frankfurt, Germany
    • American Bar Association (Toxic Tort, Environment and Natural Resources sections; numerous CLE presentations on related topics)

    Community/Civic Involvement

    • President, South Africa Durban Mission, LDS Church, 2013-2016
    • Founder, Los Angeles Chapter of Everybody Wins! (n/k/a) Reading to a Child (volunteer reading program for inner city children)
    • Boy Scouts of America (Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, volunteer)