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John L. Langdoc

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Oakland, CA

Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, A Professional Law Corporation
Jack London Market, 55 Harrison Street, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-302-1000
Fax: 510-835-4913
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2015, 2018 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed in California Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%), Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%), Environmental Litigation (20%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

John Langdoc was a scientist before he was a lawyer. At Baylor College of Medicine, Langdoc researched human neuroscience.  Earlier, in graduate school, he researched how prescription drugs like Prozac can cause brain defects in babies born to mothers taking the medications.

Today as a lawyer, much of Langdoc’s practice remains focused on scientific issues, particularly dissecting industry funded “studies” that inevitably show that industrial toxins are safe.

Langdoc was elected a shareholder and lead trial lawyer faster than any lawyer in Baron & Budd’s history. He’s been honored as one of the nation’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, a Super Lawyer and a Top 100 National Trial Lawyer.

Langodoc’s trial successes during the past 5 years include:

  • A $48 million verdict against Union Carbide for mining asbestos and causing a construction worker’s cancer in California.
    A $9 million verdict against the Dow Chemical Company for exposing a worker to carcinogens at its Freeport, Texas chemical plant.
    A $12 million verdict for a man who was exposed to carcinogens at a paper mill in Pennsylvania.
    An $8 million verdict for the wife of a man who was unknowingly exposed to carcinogens from chemical giant Ashland’s for its Hercules pipe.
    An $11 million verdict for a man who was exposed to carcinogens as a painter.
    A $5.5 million verdict for the families of gentlemen who were exposed to asbestos. The verdict was upheld on appeal against the Swedish Company, Ericsson. The Appeals Court ruled that Ericsson’s wire and cable “contained asbestos, and that exposure was a substantially contributing factor in causing cancer and death.”
    A $20 million verdict for a woman who was unknowingly exposed to carcinogens when she helped her husband clean up on some home remodeling projects. The verdict was upheld on appeal in California.

Langdoc has recently been recognized for The Nation’s Top Mesothelioma Verdict of 2012, for both the First and Second Place Top Product Liability verdicts in Texas of 2011, and for the Top California Toxic Exposure verdict of 2012.

Though personally soft spoken and understated, when Langdoc believes in a case he is a tireless advocate. He was once forced to choose between a contempt of court jail sentence, or abandoning a family’s case. Langdoc famously chose to stand by his client. 

About John L. Langdoc

First Admitted: 2004, Texas

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Industry Groups

  • Asbestos
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Office Location for John L. Langdoc

Jack London Market
55 Harrison Street, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94607

Last Updated: 5/21/2021

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