James L. Kritenbrink

James L. Kritenbrink is an associate with Keesal, Young & Logan in its Long Beach office. His practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions and serving as outside corporate counsel for companies in various industries including shipping, transportation, logistics, securities, manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, hospitality, and professional services. As corporate counsel, he advises companies at every stage, from initial planning to daily operations and all the way through dissolution or exit strategy. James’ mergers & acquisitions practice includes conducting due diligence of target companies, drafting and negotiating transaction documents and ancillary agreements, and providing assistance through the entire mergers & acquisitions process, from the earliest contacts with counterparties through closing the transaction. James also has civil litigation experience with disputes related to real estate, products liability, securities, maritime, and construction. James is also involved in the privacy & data security practice group and has successfully completed the CIPP/US certification examination.

Before law school, James worked as an estimator and project manager for a demolition subcontractor in the L.A. Basin.  He managed projects inside LAX and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.  For his undergraduate studies, James earned his B.S. in construction management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering. While pursuing his B.S., he re-founded the Kappa Sigma chapter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and grew it to nearly 90 members.  James served multiple terms as president for this organization.


  • J.D. (with high distinction), University of Nebraska (2017).  While in law school, James served as an Executive Editor for the Nebraska Law Review and received awards for the highest grade in both torts and estate planning.
  • B.S. (construction management), University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering.


  • CIPP/US (Certified Information Privacy Professional, U.S. – private sector)

Bar Memberships/Admissions

  • California (2017)
  • All United States District Courts in California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • “E.U. – U.S. Privacy Shield May Be Eliminated as of September 1, 2018,” with Stacey Garrett (July 18, 2018) (available here)