Michael J. Langford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Salt Lake City, UT

The Law Office of Michael J. Langford, P.C.
 | 43 East, 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: 801-328-4090
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael J. Langford is driven to success by his passion in representing people at all stages of the criminal defense process in federal and state court. To that end, he effectively and zealously defends people charged with federal and state crimes. He has litigated numerous complex cases, which include mortgage fraud, money laundering, Ponzi scheme, racketeering, homicide and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He has tried serious cases such as conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and homicide to a jury. Michael has argued before the state and federal appellate courts. Michael recently argued a complex double jeopardy issue before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been selected by the Utah Federal District Court to be a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel and serves as conflict trial counsel for the Salt Lake Legal Defender's Assocation. Although his practice is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, he also defends people charged with crimes throughout the country. 

While in law school Mr. Langford clerked at the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association and the Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office. He has been a past board member of the Minority juvenile justice commission and the Multi-Cultural Legal Center. He is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia and the Stetson University White Collar Criminal Defense College. Michael currently sits on the boards of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, the Salt Lake County Children's Justice Center, the Salt Lake County Bar Association, and the Henry's Fork Foundation. 

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (70%): Criminal Law, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime

Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, White Collar Crime


Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2012

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White Papers

  • Published Decisions: United States v. Angilau, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 12082 (10th Cir. Utah, June 14, 2013)M.K. v. Doyle, 2014 UT App 160, State v. Pham, 2015 UT App 233, State v. Pham, 2016 UT App 105. 

  • About Michael Langford

    Admitted: 2003, Utah

    Professional Webpage: http://langfordlegal.com/michael-langford/

    Honors and Awards:

    • Utah Business Magazine Legal Elite-Criminal Defense, 2018
    • Utah Business Magazine Legal Elite-Criminal Defense, 2016
    • Utah Business Magazine Legal Elite, Criminal Defense, 2014
    • Stetson University White Collar Criminal Defense College, 2013
    • The National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association , 2012
    • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, 2009

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Utah, 2003
    • U.S. District Court District of Utah, 2003
    • National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws Legal Action Commitee(NORML)
    • American Bar Association(ABA) Criminal Justice Section 
    • Utah State Bar Criminal Law Section
    • Member, Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Attorney
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL)
    • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (UACDL)
    • Member, Board of the Henry's Fork Foundation
    • Utah State Bar New Lawyer Mentor
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Gaudalupe Center Legal Clinic

    Educational Background:

    • Boston College, B.A. Political Science, 1996

    Industry Groups

    • White Collar Criminal Defense
    Office Location for Michael J. Langford

    43 East, 400 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111

    Phone: 801-328-4090


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    Last Updated: 3/16/2018

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