We are leading advocates for LGBTQ equality.

Wharton O'Brien 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. We have experience in the areas of law that often impact our community, including:

  • Parental Rights

  • Name and Gender Changes

  • Marriage Recognition

  • Discrimination

  • Hate Crimes

  • Parental Alienation

  • Same-Sex Divorces 

  • Common Law Marriage 


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


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


Obtained more name and gender change orders for transgender clients across the state than any other attorney in Utah .