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Christopher Wharton

Family Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

4.1   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    LGBT advocacy, parental rights, same-sex relationships, name and gender changes, discrimination, LGBTQ youth, hate crimes victim advocacy, common law marriage, gestational agreements, surrogacy, same-sex adoptions, living together agreements, violation of constitutional rights, etc.

    14 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, separation, child support, alimony, custody, asset division, separation agreements, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, living together agreements, common law marriages, etc.

    14 years

  3. Family
    Custody, child support, alimony, custody, guardian ad litem services, parental rights, asset division, modifications, protective orders, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, living together agreements, common law marriages, gestational agreements, surrogacy, wills, trusts, guardianships, estate planning, family-based immigration petitions, etc.

    14 years

  4. Adoption
    Foster care adoptions, private adoptions, direct adoptions, stepparent adoptions, termination of parental rights, voluntary relinquishment, etc.

    14 years

  5. Criminal defense
    Lower level felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions in state district court and justice courts.

    14 years

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.


Chris Wharton Law
165 South Main Street
Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

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4.1 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
Posted by Hailey | February 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient and Professional
I recently hired Chris to help me with an expungement I have been putting off due to worries about time and money. Chris's assistant helped me through each step of the process and always had everything prepped and ready for me to look over and sign when I arrived. Chris made sure I felt taken care of and was always available to answer all my questions. The office is very nice and the whole staff is very professional and efficient. I would highly recommend Chris Wharton Law to anyone in Salt Lake County or the surrounding areas looking for an affordable, high-quality lawyer.
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Posted by Nathan | February 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
By far the best I found
Chris and his team helped me at a time I really needed it. At a time when your world is crumbling from divorce, they were there for me. Super professional, super responsive, super helpful! I would strongly encourage anyone seeking an attorney for divorce to contact Chris and his team. A+++
Posted by Kari | October 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chris is Wonderful!
Chris is an incredible attorney. He kept me well informed during the process of my divorce. He worked efficiently and always got back to me within a timely manner. His fees were very reasonable. Chris is very professional. He is kind, honest and fair. He really went above and beyond to make sure I was protected. Even long after the divorce was finalized, Chris still answers questions and clarifies lingering issues. I have recommended Chris to several friends and will continue to. He is wonderful!
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Posted by Stewart | March 1, 2014
Domestic case dismissed
Chris is a great defense attorney. He was able to get my case dismissed. What I liked most about Chris was that he kept me well informed about my case. He was professional and coached me very well. When I got emotional he was able to calm me down. He took good notes during our interviews and knew how to defend me. I thought his price was affordable and he is a good person to have on your side. I would definitely recommend Chris to anyone that needs an attorney.
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Posted by Robert | January 27, 2014
Chris worked tirelessly to get me out of a bad situation...
Chris went above and beyond to get me out of a mess that was really due to arrogance of certain law enforcement, as well as miscommunication. His fees were VERY fair and his knowledge as a former prosecutor helped clinch my victory in court. I owe him my professional license.. He is highly recommended..
Posted by Emma | January 21, 2014
Wonderful Service, Would Recommend Chris to Anyone!
My husband and I have been working with Chris for over a year now, working on finalizing a child custody issue. Chris has been such a good listener, and really looked out for our best interests. We have witnessed the opposing council's lack of professionalism and knowledge of Utah State laws, and have been so utterly grateful for the knowledge and competency of Chris and his firm. I highly recommend Chris for Family Law. He has demonstrated his dedication to the law and his clients!
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Posted by Charles | August 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I originally wrote a review of my experience with Mr. Wharton, but I was instructed that I couldn't write what I had written about my experience with him as a lawyer. This is my second attempt, I will state that he has a partner and a paralegal this is amazing. I would utilize them before I would utilize Mr. Wharton.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unprofessional and not prepared
Late, lacks communication, dresses inappropriate for court, not prepared, not familiar with the laws or proper processes.
Response from Christopher Wharton February 13, 2017
Dear Anonymous, You have posted similar reviews on other sites but I have still not been able to verify whether I ever had you as a client. I looked into the name you provided on other sites and I have never represented a client with that name. If I had more information about you or your case, I could address your concerns and try to resolve them. Without that, I have no way to explain or remedy the situation.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-200 per hour
  • Pro bono 2 %
  • Retainer Always


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Chris Wharton Law, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Sharifi & Baron, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Sharifi & Baron, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Practicing Student/Intern
  • Salt Lake City Prosecutor's Office
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Utah Attorney General's Office
  • 2008 - 2009
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  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Westminster College (Salt Lake City)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • D**** vs. D****
  • Full agreement between parties
  • Matter of KJS & JRS
  • Guardianship and reunification
  • N**** vs. S******
  • Joint Custody & Reunification
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  • Watkiss-Sutherland II American Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • LGBT & Allied Bar Association of Utah
  • Community Outreach Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2011 - Present
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Utah Pride Center
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Juvenile Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • President-Elect
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Torch of Freedom
  • ACLU of Utah
  • 2010
  • Recognition of Service
  • University of Utah Pro Bono Initiative
  • 2009


  • University of Utah Journal of Law and Family Studies
  • Fighting Like Cats and Dogs: The Emerging Practice of Pet Custody Litigation
  • 2008
  • University of Utah Journal of Law and Family Studies
  • Deserted in Deseret: LGBT Homeless Youth and Polygamist Family Runaways
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • GSA Network Training Conference
  • Student's Rights
  • 2012
  • University of Utah Pride Week
  • Know Your Rights: LGBT Issues and the Law
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Endorse Christopher
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Christopher. Chris is an excellent and knowledgeable attorney who is justifiably well respected in the community."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Chris. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community and always willing to help out."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is both a great person and a great attorney. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a family law or criminal law attorney."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is thorough, detail-orientated, and works tirelessly to protect his clients rights. Christopher Wharton aggressively pursues every angle of a case on behalf of his clients. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with this attorney while he was a guardian. I felt he did an excellent job as a guardian ad litem. He carefully interviewed both sides and came up with a thorough analysis. I also know that he works hard for individuals even when they can't pay. He took on a client pro-bono who couldn't afford my low-bono services and helped as far as he could. He's a good attorney and a good man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a fantastic lawyer. He is strategic and smart. I regularly refer friends and acquaintances to him without hesitation. He is especially well versed in complex family and criminal cases."
Government Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I went to law school with Chris and worked with him as an intern at the Salt Lake City Prosecutor's Office. I know him to be a dedicated, trustworthy attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a friend or family member."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is aggressive and knows the law better than most attorneys with twice his experience. I've seen him negotiate good deals for his clients from reluctant prosecutors, and argue successfully for long-shot positions with judges. I would highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Chris is an excellent and thorough attorney. He works hard for his clients. He can aggressively protect their interests while listening compassionately to their unique issues. I recommend his work."
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Salt Lake City Family Lawyer Christopher Wharton
Christopher Wharton
Family Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT
Licensed for 13 years