Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Defenders, P.C., Kevin S. Vander Werff, Sr. worked for approximately 6 years as a full-time criminal defense attorney with Keith Barton & Associates, P.C. and previously as corporate in-house counsel for a technology company.
Mr. Vander Werff has experience in business law, bankruptcy law, insurance defense, criminal law and personal injury law. Kevin Vander Werff currently focuses his efforts as a criminal trial attorney whose practice is limited to criminal defense cases.
Kevin has tried both felony and misdemeanor jury trials and has dealt with a wide range of cases involving everything from sex charges to traffic cases. Many of Kevin's trials involve defending DUI cases. Kevin has received specialized training for DUI defense and has completed the NHTSA course for the Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) which is the same training received by police officers who are administering the Sobriety Tests in the field. Kevin has earned a reputation for aggressively defending his clients against criminal charges and is an effective negotiator when you need someone in your corner.
Mr. Vander Werff graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Utah Valley State College in 1998. He attended law school at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska and was a visiting student at the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 2001 from Creighton University. During law school, he clerked for the Federal Defender of Nebraska, David R. Stickman, where he learned the great importance of protecting constitutional rights of all citizens. While in law school, he served as president of the Intellectual Property Law Society.
Kevin is a member of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and admitted to practice law in all state & federal courts in the state of Utah.
Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese
Licensed since 2005
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Selected General Member||National College for DUI Defense||2015|
|Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Top 50 DUI Attorneys in Utah||National Advocacy for DUI Defense||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing||National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)||2011|
|CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER||ROCKY MOUNTAIN DEFENDERS, P.C.||2011 - Present|
|Criminal Defense Attorney||Keith Barton & Assoc.||2006 - 2011|
|Attorney||PSNET Inc.||2006 - 2007|
|Law Clerk||Bremer Whyte Brown & O'meara||2001 - 2002|
|Clerk||Federal Defenders Office District of Nebraska||1996 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National College of DUI Defense||General Member||2015 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2015 - Present|
|National Association of Distinguished Counsel||Member||2015 - Present|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2009 - Present|
|Utah State Bar||Member||2005 - Present|
|Intellectual Property Law||President||2000 - 2001|
|Dog at Large, Non-licensed animal, non- vaccinated animal||Case was dismissed, first hearing.|
|DUI||Case was dismissed on eve of jury trial|
|Theft, 2nd Degree Felony, Receiving stolen property||Case Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing|
|Creighton University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|Utah Valley University||Business Management||Undergraduate||1998|