T. Christopher Wharton is an attorney and senior partner from Salt Lake City, Utah, who focuses on family law, criminal defense, and LGBTQ advocacy. He is licensed to practice in federal and state courts in Utah and is certified to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Chris graduated magna cum laude from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he served as President of the Student Bar Association and Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Family Studies. Chris also completed a semester studying jurisprudence at University of Oxford, Magdalen College, and international criminal law at The Hague, Netherlands.
Chris gained valuable experience interning at the Utah State Legislature and clerking with the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Chris was selected to participate in a clinical placement program at the Salt Lake City Prosecutor’s Office where he tried and won his first jury trial. Chris went on to work as an associate attorney for two years before opening his own practice in 2012.
Chris' extensive work in the areas of family law and LGBTQ advocacy has gained local and national attention. In 2013, Chris helped lead a team of attorneys that submitted an amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) brief to the United States Supreme Court, arguing for equal treatment of LGBT families under the law. In 2015, Chris obtained the first same-sex common law marriage adjudication in Utah and was given an award for “Best Advocate for LGBT Families” by Salt Lake City Weekly. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine and as one of the "Up & Coming Legal Elites" by Utah Business Magazine.
As an active community volunteer, Chris has done pro bono work for the ACLU of Utah, Equality Utah, the Utah Pride Center, and the Rainbow Law Clinic. Chris has served as President of the Utah Young Lawyers Division (2015-2016), Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Utah Pride Center (2014-2015), and Chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission (2012-2014). Chris also served on the board of the LGBT & Allied Bar Association of Utah and on the Utah State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners as the Young Lawyer Representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. He currently represents the residents of District 3 on the Salt Lake City Council.
Outside the office, Chris enjoys independent films, local politics, history, art, Netflix, and food trucks.