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Kevin S. Vander Werff

Criminal defense Attorney at South Jordan, UT

4.8   128 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kevin

Learn Kevin’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    The moment you are arrested and charged with a crime, your life changes. In an instant, you have transitioned into the stress and uncertainty of criminal allegations. At Rocky Mountain Defenders, PC, we truly believe that each one of our clients is innocent until proven guilty. The criminal attorneys at our firm have committed themselves to fighting for this cause.

    17 years, 1,084 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%
    In 2010, there were more than 7,000 drunk driving arrests in the State of Utah. Our state is continually cracking down on intoxicated driving, but unfortunately, many people are arrested who may not actually have deserved it. Intoxicated driving is the most commonly committed crime in Utah, especially in a large city such as SLC. If you recently were arrested for DUI, then you have come to the right place. At Rocky Mountain Defenders, our Salt Lake City criminal lawyers are skilled in this area.

    17 years, 1,077 cases

  3. Personal injury
    10%

    6 years

SOMETIMES BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE. YOU NEED SOMEONE ON YOUR SIDE THAT WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

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.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2015,2014,2013
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 6 ...
Top Contributor 2013
Top Contributor
2013

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Location

Rocky Mountain Defenders, PC
10421 S. Jordan Gateway
Suite 600
South Jordan, UT, 84095

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  128 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2013
Got my case dismissed!
Attorney Kevin Vander Werff got my case dismissed in Orem Justice Court in August. I was happy with Rocky Mountain Defenders.
Posted by Mitch | May 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Kevin and Rocky Mountain Defenders!
I am truly grateful for Kevin! Rocky Mountain Defenders whole staff has been so helpful working through my unique situation! Kevin helped me prepare, understand what best steps to take moving forward and the reasons why. I highly recommend having Kevin/Rocky Mountain Defenders fight and support you or anyone you care about! Thank you Kevin!
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2024
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Facing Life in Prison
Being helped by Kevin S. Vander Werff was truly fantastic amidst a daunting and frightening time in my life. Kevin and his team were not only knowledgeable but also patient and understanding, making the experience far less intimidating than anticipated while facing life in prison but sentenced to 120 days. I felt properly advocated for and would wholeheartedly recommend his efficient services to anyone needing expert legal counsel.
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Posted by Nerio | October 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
He is the best
Mr Vander Werff handled my case with the ultimate professionalism posible and provided the best guidance possible. My case came out really good on my favor. He is the best
Posted by Carl | October 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Client
Work hard for me. Got me the best deal possible he will work hard for you. And also worked with me on payments.
Posted by Deja | July 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
5 Star
Very great to work with. Helped me out when i found myself in tough times and were very understanding.
Posted by Kyle | May 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
When I had the worst luck Rocky Mountain Defenders picked me up & helped me out where I needed it the most. I can’t thank them enough for stepping up even though it probably was a minor small case to them I am forever grateful at the hard work they put in for me & representing me the best way they knew how. They listened to my concerns and walked me through what needed to happen and what was going to happen, worked with me financially & made it an easy process for me to have so I wouldn’t be stressed out. I highly recommend them to everyone! Thank You!!
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Posted by Loni Fonua | May 19, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Nothing but the BEST!
Working with this company has been nothing but positive vibes all around. Right from the start they listened and answered all my questions, they were considerate, very knowledgeable, honest, straightforward, and caring. They went step by step with options for me & and what needed to be done. I appreciate them stepping in and representing me to the best of their abilities, if it wasn’t for their hard work it would be a different story for me!
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Posted by Bryce | May 16, 2023
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Bryce Fivas
I would absolutely recommend Kevin.! Did an amazing job on my case and we were victorious. He went above and beyond. I’m very grateful, Thank You
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job!
Would definitely recommend Kevin. He was knowledgeable, human and willing to go the distance to get the best possible outcome. He also was known and respected by his peers which gave him credibility and clout that other attorneys might not have. Because of this and his understanding of the overall situation I felt that I had someone who cared and would work to create the best possible result for me.
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Posted by Teresa | April 24, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very nice and knowledgeable lawyer
During my free consultation, he was very kind and gave great insight on how to best proceed with my case. He answered all my questions, and I highly recommend him for all your legal matters.
Posted by Penelope Mazzola | January 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Of The Best!
Kevin Vander Werff is by far the best Attorney I've seen and hired here in the state of Utah. He does not let his clientele get pushed around and fights for them from the beginning to the end of the case. Not only is Kevin an Attorney, but an amazing individual and family man! Accounting, front office and Jason are also phenomenal in every aspect. Thank you! Don't look any further if you need representation.
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Posted by Heather | January 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney and staff!
For the first time needing help through a situation like this , Kevin and his whole staff made the experience as smooth as possible. I knew nothing about court processes and they kept me well informed. I felt supported and they were professional and timely! I got the best outcome in a short time. I am very pleased. I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Defenders!
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Posted by Dah | October 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommended
Highly recommended. Was very helpful. Got me out of a jam. I would recommend to anyone. Very pleasant to work with.
Posted by Kelly | October 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A super attorney
Kevin's representation on my case was excellent and really was helpful with everything I'm very grateful for his services
Posted by Leo | September 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very highly recommended
Very professional, he did everything he said he would and then some to get the result that I asked for. He is very highly recommended
Posted by Brennen Davis | September 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Kevin and his staff are great! They are always really helpful. My Domestic Violence case was resolved by plea in abeyance. Kevin was very helpful at explaining and helping me make sense of the process each step of the way. If I have any other cases I would recommend Kevin.
Posted by Dillon | September 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great positive person!
Made my experience easy and handled matters very well thanks Kev and the whole team that works around you! Great group!
Posted by Nate | September 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smooth process, no hidden fees
Kevin and his staff really did great job addressing my case and the concerns I had with professionalism. These are good people to have assist you in your case, they know what they’re doing, they’re kind, and they’re communication with me was consistent in regards my case.
Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He is good
He help me alot he talks to you a help you take care of your needs he understanneedd the law. And know what to do to help we're it needed he is very good at what he dose to help talks like he know what he knows
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
  • ROCKY MOUNTAIN DEFENDERS, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • PSNET Inc.
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Keith Barton & Assoc.
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Bremer Whyte Brown & O'meara
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Clerk
  • Federal Defenders Office District of Nebraska
  • 1996 - 1998
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Education

  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Utah Valley University
  • Undergraduate
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Theft, 2nd Degree Felony, Receiving stolen property
  • Case Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing
  • Assault Charges
  • Case dismissed on eve of trial
  • Violation of Protective Order
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (14)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have watched Kevin in court many times. He is well respected by all parties. Kevin is a great attorney and does high quality work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kevin. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with Kevin on numerous cases. He works hard for his clients and is dedicated to getting them the best results possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Other
"Kevin is a competent, experienced, and knowledgeable attorney. Kevin is dedicated to his clients, many of whose cases present challenging legal issues. He is also one of the most affable and caring people in the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the State. I always feel confident when referring clients to Kevin."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin works hard and does a great job for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2013
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South Jordan Criminal defense Lawyer Kevin S. Vander Werff
Kevin S. Vander Werff
Criminal defense Attorney
South Jordan, UT
Licensed for 19 years
Free Consultation