Appointed to the bench in 2013, Judge Brian Cannell is a relatively new judge who scores on average with his district court peers in all survey categories. Survey respondents describe him as a careful and fair judge who listens closely and treats those appearing before him with courtesy and respect. They view him as considerate and polite. Courtroom observers note that Judge Cannell runs a well-organized courtroom. They characterize him as calm, professional, confident and decisive, with an empathetic demeanor that fosters a non-threatening atmosphere. Nearly all courtroom observers report they would feel comfortable appearing before him. Of survey respondents answering the retention question, 93% recommend that Judge Cannell be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Cannell has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Brian G. Cannell was appointed to the First District Court by Governor Herbert in 2013. Judge Cannell graduated from Utah State University and earned his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, both with honors. Until his appointment, he maintained a civil law practice with Hillyard, Anderson and Olsen. Judge Cannell taught Mass Media Law at USU and has served as president of both the Cache County Bar Association and Estate Planning Council of Northern Utah. Judge Cannell currently serves on the pro-bono committee, helping provide access to the courts and legal services for the indigent. He also presides over the Box Elder County Mental Health Court.