Ronald J. Yengich was born and raised in Highland Boy, Utah, at the base of the Bingham Copper Mine. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History at Bellermine College, Louisville, Kentucky in 1972, he attended and graduated from the University of Utah College of Law with a degree of Juris Doctor in 1975. He began his legal career on September 29, 1975, as a criminal defense attorney at the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association, before moving out on his own, becoming partners over the years with Earl Xaiz, Bradley P. Rich, Fred Metos, and John O’Connell. He is currently a managing partner with Earl Xaiz, at the law firm of Yengich & Xaiz, where his practice focuses solely on criminal defense. 

Mr. Yengich is a member of the Utah Bar Association, the United States Bar: 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuit Bar, the Montana Bar Association, and the United States Supreme Court Bar. He is also a member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Lawyers, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, the Italian-American Lawyers of California, the Italian-American Lawyers Association of Utah, the Croatian American Bar Association, and the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. 

Mr. Yengich has received several distinguished awards, including the 2015 Lawyer of the Year award from the Utah State Bar, Best Columnist, Private Eye Newspaper Poll, 1992-93; 1993-94; 1996, Gold Special Jury Award, Worldfest Film Festival, Houston, TX, 1999, Utah Business Best Criminal Defense Lawyer, 2003, and has been listed repeatedly as one of the Best Lawyers in Utah, Utah Legal Elite, Mountain States Super Lawyers and the Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Yengich has been an active member of the legal community by serving on several boards and panels in both City and State organizations, namely acting as President for the Utah Criminal Lawyers Association, Utah Bar Association for two terms, Board Member for the Utah Criminal Lawyers Association from 1990-1997, and Co-Chair of the Fall Forum for the Utah State Bar in 2006. 

Mr. Yengich has successfully represented several clients that were heavily reported on by the Media, including the murder cases of James Bottarini, Sam Kastanis, Mark Hofmann, Michael DeCorso, and Joseph Lovato. He has also represented several individuals pro bono, such as Tim DeChristopher, The Anti-Shah Protestors, The Hercules 4 Case, the Anti-War Protestors, The Nevada Test Site, and most recently, the Capitol 13 Protestors, for the LGBT community.

Criminal Defense Attorney Ronald J. YengichRonald J. Yengich

Criminal Defense and occasional political trials. Mr. Yengich represented a former Salt Lake County Treasurer, Art Monsoon; a Salt Lake County Commissioner; a Salt Lake City Mayor; a Congressman of the United States of America; Anti-Shah protestors during the Carter administration; numerous judges, prosecutors, police officers and an occasional innocent citizen.

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