Many of the attorneys at Sharifi & Baron are former criminal prosecutors with impressive records of victories. We have won cases ranging from traffic tickets to serious felonies and everything in between.
Our attorneys are frequently featured in the media and have taught continuing legal education courses to other attorneys, have been featured in prominent scholarly legal publications, and are sought after spokesmen in the field of criminal and DUI defense.
We do not attempt to simply plead our clients guilty as many attorneys do. Visit our victories page, and you will see that we fight hard and win for our clients. Call us today if you are serious about winning your criminal or DUI case.
We can be contacted at (801) 656-1901.
S. Yossof Sharifi
Mr. Sharifi is an experienced trial lawyer who has fought aggressively to protect the rights of everyone ranging from the homeless to government entities and multi-million dollar businesses. He has been named by Utah Business magazine as one of Utah's Legal Elite in the Up and Coming section; an honor reserved for those recognized by the legal community as top lawyers in their field.
Mr. Sharifi attended the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah where he focused his studies on business, criminal and constitutional law. During his third year, he was selected to participate in a criminal clinic at the Salt Lake City Prosecutor's Office which allowed him to conduct jury trials before Utah courts, and he won his first jury trial while still a law student. Mr. Sharifi clerked at several well-known law firms and a prosecutor's office, gaining experience in such diverse areas of law as corporate and intellectual property law, personal injury, and criminal law. He was granted the Dean's Fellowship before graduation.
After law school, Mr. Sharifi was offered a position at a law firm where his focus would be corporate formation and finance. He eventually left private practice and accepted a position at the Salt Lake City Prosecutor's Office as an Associate City Prosecutor where he felt he could benefit the community most. As a Prosecutor, Mr. Sharifi handled a yearly caseload of 1500 criminal and DUI cases before helping found the Law Firm of Sharifi & Baron where he practices family law, DUI and criminal defense, and international business transactions.
Mr. Sharifi is licensed to practice law in all Utah state and federal courts. He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Salt Lake County Bar Association, the Central Utah Bar Association and the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Criminal Justice, and is a former member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee at the Utah State Bar. He is active in the attorney community and has taught continuing legal education courses to other attorneys and has been published in several scholarly publications. He is frequently sought after as a media consultant on criminal and DUI defense issues.
Joshua S. Baron
At the age of 18, Joshua Baron graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in History from Cal Poly, Pomona summa cum laude. He then served an LDS mission in Viña del Mar, Chile where he learned to speak Spanish.
In 2007 Mr. Baron graduated cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University where he was Executive Editor of the Journal of Public Law and Associate Editor of the Education Law Journal. After law school, Mr. Baron became a civil litigator in Park City where he defended multi-million dollar construction companies and real estate developers in commercial litigation. Looking to develop more experience in trial, he left civil litigation for the Salt Lake City Prosecutor's Office in 2008 where he handled over 1500 criminal cases per year, including over thirty jury trials.
In 2009, Mr. Baron founded Sharifi & Baron, PLLC with Mr. Yossof Sharifi. They have now served hundreds of clients in matters ranging from business litigation and immigration applications to custody disputes and first-degree felonies.
Mr. Baron is licensed to practice law before federal and state courts in Utah.
Mr. Ovard is an aggressive trial attorney with an impressive record of victories for his clients.
After obtaining his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Ovard worked as a therapist with incarcerated youth and saw the injustices our system can perpetrate on those accused of crimes. This experience has given him passion for the defense of his clients which has led to some remarkable victories.
After his work as a therapist, Mr. Ovard completed law school at the University of Arkansas where he felt he could benefit those accused of crimes best. While a law student, he was employed at the Pulaski County Prosecutor's Office in their criminal prosecutions division. Selected for the prestigious Federal Defender Trial Unit, Mr. Ovard helped in the defense of federal criminal charges while still a law student.
Mr. Ovard joined Sharifi & Baron in 2012 after work as a criminal defense trial attorney at another prestigious law firm. He focuses his practice exclusively on criminal and DUI defense in both state and federal courts in Utah.
Ms. Sommer is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Law where she was president of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
After graduation, she was employed with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Nevada District. Working closely with federal judges, she drafted orders, memorandum, and provided research and analysis of complex bankruptcy and securities issues.
Her previous employment also includes a government externship with Clark County, Nevada as well as a clerkship with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.
Ms. Sommer is Of Counsel to Sharifi & Baron and heads our Las Vegas division. She focuses her practice on wills and trusts, bankruptcy and criminal defense. She is licensed in all state and federal courts in Nevada.