After working as a public defender at the Legal Defenders Association, Ron has thrived in private practice for over thirty years. Ron initially worked with John O’Connell at the offices of “O’Connell & Yengich.” However, he soon began his own practice and has been the Senior Partner at Yengich, Rich & Xaiz ever since. Ron has taken numerous high profile cases over the years and is relentless in his aggressive representation of criminal defendants throughout the United States.


In the past year our firm of Yengich, Rich & Xaiz has successfully pursued three important cases on appeal or motion. Attached you will find the court’s opinion in Vance Morris, Susan Tripp, and Paul Terry, all of which sets excellent precedence in the matters in which they resolved.

  • Morris Decision

  • Terry Decision

  • Tripp Decision

    Visitors to this website will gain insight into the passions of one of the great personalities in Utah's legal community


    Ron's maxims are:


    “To Prosecute is Human, To Defend is Divine”


    “The Defense Never Ever Rests”


    “A Reasonable Doubt For A Reasonable Price.”




    Nick A. & Nick E. Yengich



    A portion of this site is dedicated in loving memory of Ron's father Nick A. Yengich & brother Nick E. Yengich. With his writing competitions, and annual 5k run, Ron supports the community through the passions of his brother, an acclaimed journalist for the Baltimore Evening Sun, and father an immigrant copper miner whose ability to speak many languages Ron always admired




    Joe Hill


    A widely recognized Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney, Ron Yengich is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah where he teaches an honors course on the constitutional rights of accused in which he uses the case of Joe Hill as a study of justice.


    At sunrise on November 19, 1915 a firing squad took aim in the yard of the Utah State Penitentiary in Salt Lake City and put an end to the life of convicted murderer Joseph Hillstrom.


    More than eight decades later, the death of the Swedish immigrant at the hands of state authorities is one of the few certainties involving one of the most controversial and fiercely debated lives in the history of American labor.


    His name. . .his age. . .his importance to the movement he championed. . .his criminal guilt and even his legacy are all subject to endless argument and competing sentiment long after his death.


    Any statement of certainty about the life of labor organizer/songwriter Joe Hill produces an instant sea of angry rebuttal


    ~ Ken Verdoia KUED / PBS