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Douglas Cannon

Fabian VanCott
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Douglas Cannon
Fabian VanCott
Salt Lake City,

Douglas B. Cannon has over 30 years of experience in complex litigation with an emphasis on product liability, intellectual property and antitrust law. He handles cases involving wrongful death and other catastrophic injuries resulting from defective products such as watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, cars, snowmobiles, trucks, recreational products, medical devices, heavy equipment and household products. Doug also has experience working on intellectual property issues involving patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks and is experienced the areas of antitrust and unfair competition. When managing complex litigation cases, Doug is able to draw on the expertise of Fabian VanCott attorneys skilled in the firm?s core competency areas. He has tried cases before juries in both state and federal courts. Doug graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah, where he earned a bachelor of arts in business and economics. He graduated with honors from Duke University Law School, where he was style editor for the journal Law and Contemporary Problems. Doug is admitted to practice in state and federal courts for Utah and Idaho, as well as the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Practice Areas


  • Member, Product Liability Jury Instruction Subcommittee, 2004-Present
  • Member, Utah State Bar Character Fitness Committee, 2001-2011
  • Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell
  • Recognized as Legal Elite in the field of Product Liability, Utah Business Magazine
  • Recognized as Super Lawyer in the field of Product Liability, Mountain States Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Director, Fabian VanCott Board of Directors, 1996-1998, 2000, 2002 & 2005
  • Admitted to the Utah State Bar and U.S. District Court, District of Utah (1984); U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (1991); Idaho State Bar and U.S. District Court, District of Idaho (1994); U.S. Supreme Court (2003)

Representative Projects

  • Product Liability - Doug has represented many clients in catastrophic injury cases arising from product liability. These cases involve a wide variety of products, including watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, cars, snowmobiles, trucks, recreational products, medical devices, heavy equipment and household products.
  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition
  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation/Trademark Prosecution


  • J.D., Duke University Law School, with honors, 1984
  • Law and Contemporary Problems, Style Editor (1983-84), Staff Member (1982-83)
  • B.A., in Business-Economics, University of Utah, Magna Cum Laude, 1981
  • Honorary Scholastic Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi

Publications & Presentations

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

Community Service

  • Judge Pro-Tem
  • Regularly provides pro bono service for Utah Legal Services & Needs of the Elderly Committee

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