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Michael J Langford

About Me

Michael is a passionate client focused attorney dedicated to resolving complex legal issues. Michael's passion is representing people at all stages of the criminal defense process in federal and state court. To that end, he effectively and zealously defends people charged with federal and state crimes. He has litigated highly complex cases, which include mortgage fraud, money laundering, ponzi scheme, racketeering, homicide, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Michael recently argued a complex double jeopardy issue before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been selected by the Utah Federal District Court to be a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel. In addition, he also has been selected to serve as conflict trial counsel for the Salt Lake Defender's Association. Although his practice is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, he has also defends people throughout the country in federal and state court. 
While in law school he clerked at the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Salt Lake Legal Defender's Association, and the Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office. He is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College(NCDC) and the Stetson University White Collar Criminal Defense College. He has been a past board member of the minority juvenille justice commission and the multicultural legal center. Michael currently sits on the boards of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, the Salt Lake County Children's Justice Center, and the Henry's Fork Foundation. 


Languages Spoken: French, Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    12 years
  2. Federal Crime: 50%
    12 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • James M. Hunnicutt

    Michael is a fantastic attorney: smart, experienced, strong advocate, complete integrity. I trust him and refer clients to him frequently.


    James Hunnicutt Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • No photo

    I endorse Michael. He is a fantastic and dedicated criminal defense attorney who gets the best possible outcomes for his clients.


    John Plimpton
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

The Law Office of Michael J Langford, P.C.

43 East, 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111-2754



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerMountain States Super Lawyers2015
Legal Elite-Criminal DefenseUtah Business Magazine2014
Super LawyerMountain States Super Lawyers2014
Top 10National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Super LawyerMountain States Super Lawyers2013
Super Lawyer Rising StarMountain States Super Lawyers2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Trial AttorneyMichael J. Langford P.C.2003 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Salt Lake County Children's Justice CenterBoard Member2014 - Present
Rocky Mountain Innocence CenterBoard of Directors2013 - Present
The Utah Multicultural Legal CenterBoard Member2004 - 2007
Utah Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2003 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2003 - Present
Utah State BarN/A2003 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsLegal Action CommitteeN/A
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionN/AN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States v. Angilau, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 12082 (10th Cir. Utah, June 14, 2013)N/A
M.K. v. DoyleN/A
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Creighton University School of LawN/AN/A2002
Boston CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996