Many of the attorneys at Sharifi & Baron are former government prosecutors with impressive records of victories. Whether winning jury trials on serious felonies, securing our client's future in a heated divorce, or settling a major personal injury case, our attorneys have done it all.
The attorneys at Sharifi & Baron 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 settle cases 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 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; 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.
Michelle L. Sullivan
Ms. Sullivan is an experienced litigator with an impressive history of victories under her belt. She graduated from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law where she was a member of the Women's Law Caucus and student director of the Layton Family Law Clinic.
Seeing the injustices those in family and divorce court faced with a legal system that often abused their rights, she knew early on she would be devoting herself to the pursuit of justice in family court. She has worked at the Guardian Ad Litem's office, representing the interests of minors in custody proceedings, and at the Wasatch International Adoption Agency before joining Sharifi & Baron in 2013.
Since that time, she has successfully fought heated divorce cases, protective orders, and completed adoptions. Her experience in family court is matched only by her desire to ensure her clients receive the best outcomes possible.