John F. Lang

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Law Offices of John F. Lang, PLLC
 | One Grand Central Place, 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 4700
New York, NY 10165
Phone: 212-300-0646
Fax: 212-300-0648
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008, 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1970
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation
Attorney Profile

Over the course of his distinguished career, John F. Lang has helped countless people facing estate litigation matters. As a founding partner of Law Offices of John F. Lang, PLLC, he works with clients in the New York City area to navigate these highly personal matters. His goal is to provide those he represents with a sense of clarity regarding their cases and the support of an experienced attorney who cares about the outcome.  Mr. Lang welcomes challenging cases.

His commitment to clients for more than 40 years has resulted in a number of honors and awards for Mr. Lang, including earning the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; holding an Avvo "Superb" rating; getting selected for The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; and earning a spot on the American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100.

These successes stem from Mr. Lang's exceptional litigation skills, and knowledge of state and federal laws regarding estate planning. His caseload includes work on matters such as estate administration, probate litigation, and will contests. Taking a results-oriented approach to every case, Mr. Lang helps his clients establish clear goals, and then he develops a strategy that prioritizes them.

A published author, Mr. Lang maintains his involvement in the legal community through organizations including the New York State Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Law and Dispute Resolution sections and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He also enjoys membership in the American Bar Association's International Law Section and its Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; the Litigation Counsel of America; The National Trial Lawyers; and the American Society of Legal Advocates.

A United States Marine Corps combat veteran, Mr. Lang earned a Bachelor of Arts from The City College of New York in 1964. He went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Fordham University Law School in 1967.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice Areas
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Estate & Trust Litigation (100%): Will Contests

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Will Contests


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Super Lawyers: 2008, 2013 - 2019

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White Papers

  • Fiduciary Litigation Avoidance (Series of LinkedIn Posts) (2015) - John Lang has authored a series of white papers on the subject of fiduciary litigation avoidance.  They are published on as posts. 

  • Probate and Trust Litigation Avoidance: Techniques for Experienced Estate Planning Counsel - Discussion of techniques that high net worth individuals and their estate planners can use to reduce the likelihood of trust and estate litigation.

  • Probate and Trust Litigation Avoidance: The Collaborative Approach - Discussion of application of multidisciplinary collaborative techniques to avoiding and resolving disputes in trust and estate litigation.

  • About John Lang

    Admitted: 1970, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected as a Top 20 Litigation Attorney in Brooklyn by  , Best Litigation Attorneys in Brooklyn,, 2016
    • Awarded for continuous professional recognition an accomplishment realized by the Top 1% of American Professionals., America's Most Honored Professionals, American Registry, 2016
    • Honored with a rating of "Superb" (10.0 of 10.0, the highest rating) by Avvo, Avvo, 2015
    • American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015
    • Corporate America Legal Elite - Best For Probate Litigation, Corporate America Magazine, 2015
    • Honored with peer rating of "AV Preeminent" (5.0 of 5.0, highest rating) from Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
    • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, National Trial Lawyers, 2015
    • Best for Trust and Estates Litigation, Acquisition International Magazine, 2014
    • 100 Top Lawyers in New York State in Trusts and Estates, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013
    • Member Haute Lawyer Network, Haute Living Magazine, 2013
    • Selected as a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society, 2011
    • Selected for inclusion in the Worldwide Who's Who international registry of business professionals, 2011
    • American Jurisprudence Prize for Excellence in Real Estate Law, Fordham Law School
    • Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, Fordham Law School
    • Loeb & Loeb Professional and Community Service Award
    • Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, Governor of Kentucky

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States Court of International Trade
    • United States Supreme Court
    • United States Tax Court
    • New York State Courts, New York Surrogate's Courts
    • United States District Courts for the Southern Districts of New York
    • United States District Courts for the Eastern Districts of New York
    • United States District Courts for the Northern Districts of New York
    • United States District Courts for the Western Districts of New York
    • United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut
    • United States District Courts for the Northern District of California
    • United States District Courts for the Northern District of Texas
    • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Kentucky
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the the Fifth Circuit
    • National Trial Lawyers Association
    • American Society of Legal Advocates
    • Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society, Fellow (Trial Institute, Diversity Institute)
    • New York State Bar Association (Trusts and Estates Law Section, Estate Litigation Committee; Dispute Resolution Section)
    • American Bar Association (International Law Section, International Litigation Committee; Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section)
    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Small Law Firm Commitee)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Child advocacy work for the New York Children's Aid Society and child welfare reform class action litigation with Children's Rights

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • This webinar CLE credit webinar has been viewed by over 3,000 attorneys and is rated at over 96% as of July 2017., Lecturer, Winning the Tough Case by Embracing the Negative,, Trial Attorneys, 2013
    • Co-Lecturer, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Litigating in Probate Court, NYC Bar Assn. &, Trusts And Estates Professionals, 2013
    • Lecturer, Trial technique to a gathering of trial attorneys at the Litigation Counsel of America’s Renaissance Symposium VI, 2012
    • Author, The Executive's Guide To Depositions: A Practical Reference Explaining The Deposition Stage Of Pre-trial Discovery In Commercial Litigation, Aspatore Books, an imprint of Thomson-West Publishing, All Author Royalties Donated To Children’s Rights, 2008
    • Author of lead chapter, "White Collar Crime Attorneys Add Value," chapter in The Executive's Guide to Understanding the Laws behind White Collar Crime, Aspatore Books, an imprint of Thompson-West Publishing, 2006
    • Co-Author, Patenting Business Methods and Systems; the Aftermath of State Street Bank and Trust Co. v. Signature Financial, The Banking Law Journal (March/April), 2000
    • Co-Author , Safeguarding Business from the Threat of White Collar Crime, Directors Monthly, (October) , 1997
    • Lecturer, Winning Tough Cases by Embracing the Negative,, Trial Lawyers
    • Recorded seminar: Preventive Measures for Executives to Avoid White Collar Crime Situations, ReedLogic Video Leadership Seminars (DVD, 2006).   


    • Estate of Palmieri.  As lead trial attorney, successfully tried will contest to verdict in Westchester Surrogate's Court.  Represented objectant.  Will was denied probate based on proof of undue influence. , 2016

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Served in the United States Marine Corps and saw combat in Vietnam as a member of the 26th Marine Regiment during the Tet Offensive, 1968
    • "Lives That Legal Angels Saved," by Susan Littwin. Corporate Board Member Magazine 8.4: Jul/Aug 2005 (Discussing Mr. Lang's child welfare advocacy)
    • "Public Interest Projects," by Thomas Adcock. New York Law Journal 4 Aug. 2006 (Referencing Mr. Lang's pro bono work as lead counsel)
    • "Settlement Reached in Mississippi Child Welfare Suit." The Clarion Ledger 8 Nov. 2007. (Reporting on child welfare class action in Mississippi)
    • "Donor Profile: John Lang." Inside Children's Rights Fall 2008:7.(A description of Mr. Lang's contributions to child welfare reform)
    • Special Assistant Attorney General in the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office
    • Deputy Chief of the Frauds Bureau

    Educational Background:

    • City College of New York, B.A., (Captain of Debate Team; Kelly Prize for Excellence in Debate, Student Government)

    Industry Groups

    • Corporate Fiduciaries
    • Estate Planning Counsel
    • Family Offices
    • Financial Institutions
    • High Net Worth Individuals
    • Trust Companies
    Office Location for John F. Lang

    One Grand Central Place
    60 East 42nd Street, Suite 4700
    New York, NY 10165

    Phone: 212-300-0646

    Fax: 212-300-0648

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    Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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