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Christopher Wharton

Christopher Wharton

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Adoption, Alimony, Criminal Defense

About Me

Outside the courtroom and the office, I like getting involved with community activism, local Politics, and volunteer work. I love art, independent music and films, American and British history, and spending time with my friends and family.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
  2. Family: 20%
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
  4. Alimony: 10%
  5. Adoption: 10%



Hourly ($150-200/hour), Retainer (Always), Pro Bono (2%)

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Russell Stephen Pietryga

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Russell Pietryga DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Chris Wharton Law

10 West Broadway.
Suite 500
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Torch of FreedomACLU of Utah2010
Recognition of ServiceUniversity of Utah Pro Bono Initiative2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing AttorneyChris Wharton Law, LLC2012 - Present
Associate AttorneySharifi & Baron, PLLC2010 - Present
Law ClerkSharifi & Baron, PLLC2009 - 2010
Practicing Student/InternSalt Lake City Prosecutor's Office2008 - 2009
Law ClerkUtah Attorney General's Office2008 - 2009


Association NamePosition NameDuration
LGBT & Allied Bar Association of UtahCommunity Outreach Chair2014 - Present
Watkiss-Sutherland II American Inn of CourtAssociate Member2014 - Present
Utah State Bar, Young Lawyers DivisionPresident-Elect2014 - 2015
Salt Lake City Human Rights CommissionCommissioner2011 - Present
Utah State Bar, Juvenile Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Utah Pride CenterBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Utah State BarAttorney Member2010 - Present
Utah State Bar, Family Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Utah Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Salt Lake County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
D**** vs. D****Full agreement between parties
Matter of KJS & JRSGuardianship and reunification
N**** vs. S******Joint Custody & Reunification

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Publication NameTitleDate
Utah Bar JournalMore Than Marriage: Utah's System of De Jure Denigration Goes Before the U.S. Supreme Court2013
Salt Lake City WeeklyDisposable Dad: Even With Court-Ordered Visitation Rights, This Divorced Father Still Got Dumped By His Kids2013
University of Utah Journal of Law and Family StudiesFighting Like Cats and Dogs: The Emerging Practice of Pet Custody Litigation2008
University of Utah Journal of Law and Family StudiesDeserted in Deseret: LGBT Homeless Youth and Polygamist Family Runaways2008


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Westminster College (Salt Lake City)HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2006

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
GSA Network Training ConferenceStudent's Rights2012
University of Utah Pride WeekKnow Your Rights: LGBT Issues and the Law2010