Leading advocates for LGBTQ equality

Wharton O'Brien Law is a leading advocacy firm for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and families in Utah. We have been recognized for our work in the LGBTQ community in publications like Q Salt Lake and The Salt Lake Tribune, as well as by community organizations such as the Utah Pride Center and PFLAG. In 2015, City Weekly named Chris the "Best Advocate for LGBT Families" in Utah. Wharton O'Brien Law has experience in the areas of law that often impact same-sex couples, transgender individuals, gay and transgender parents, and LGBTQ children, including:

  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Etc.)
  • Surrogacy Agreements
  • Discrimination
  • Parental Alienation
  • Name Changes
  • Gender Changes
  • Same-Sex Divorces
  • Separation Agreements
  • Living Together Agreements
  • Common Law Marriage Adjudications


Adjudicated the first common law marriage for a same-sex couple in Utah (and one of the first in the country)

Secured parental rights for non-biological, same-sex parent under the Utah Parentage Act and reunifed child with her estranged child 

Represented members of the "Capitol 13" after being arrested for an LGBTQ rights demonstration at the Utah Legislature

Re-opened proceedings to obtain first court order for legal name and gender marker change in Uintah County for transgender client.

Obtained a court order allowing a transgender child to continue to recieve necessary medical treatment over unsupportive family's objections

Finalized first same-sex adoption in Provo District Court, since legalization of marriage equality in Utah.