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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 - 2021
Licensed in New York Since: 1970
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

A consummate professional, Mr. John F. Lang has been advocating for the rights of his clients for half a century. As a principal attorney at the Law Offices of John F. Lang, PLLC, in New York, New York, he assists his clients with trust and estate litigation, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, will contests, commercial litigation, white collar crime defense, advocacy before government agencies, internal investigations and tax litigation.

After earning his B.A. from The City College of New York in 1964, Mr. Lang obtained his Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law in 1967. He is a published author of many articles and has written extensively on estate and trust law. He also actively participates at various continuing legal education seminars and conferences across New York.

First admitted to practice in New York in 1970, Mr. Lang is also qualified to appear before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kentucky, the U.S. District Court for the District of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the U.S. Tax Court, the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 5th Circuits and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

As a result of his stellar client service and professional accomplishments, Mr. Lang was awarded an AV Preeminent* Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a “Superb” rating by Avvo. He was listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list by The National Trial Lawyers and America's Most Honored Professionals by American Registry. He was named in the 100 Top Lawyers in New York state in Trusts and Estates by the American Society of Legal Advocates and to the Global Directory of Who's Who.

A combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Lang is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Litigation Counsel of America and the American Society of Legal Advocates.

Striving for positive social outcomes, Mr. Lang contributes to his local community by volunteering to provide services to those in need. He was awarded the Loeb & Loeb Community Service Award for his exceptional pro bono legal services.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Will Contests, White Collar Crime, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Wills

Selections

10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008, 2013 - 2021

White Papers

About John F. Lang

First Admitted: 1970

Professional Webpage: https://www.attorneylang.com/john-f-lang/

Educational Background

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

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

Bar/Professional Activity

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

Other Outstanding Achievements

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • 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
  • New York Probate and Trust Litigation Blog (2013)
  • Recorded seminar: Preventive Measures for Executives to Avoid White Collar Crime Situations, ReedLogic Video Leadership Seminars (DVD, 2006).   
  • 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
  • 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, Lawline.com, Trial Attorneys, 2013
  • Co-Lecturer, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Litigating in Probate Court, NYC Bar Assn. & LawReviewCle.com, 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
  • Lecturer, Winning Tough Cases by Embracing the Negative, Lawline.com, Trial Lawyers

Videos

  • John F. Lang, New York White Collar Crime Defense Lawyer, www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4gv4MqbzvQ, 2010

Honors/Awards

  • Selected as a Top 20 Litigation Attorney in Brooklyn by Expertise.com, Best Litigation Attorneys in Brooklyn, Expertise.com, 2016
  • Premiere 100 Trial Attorney, The American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Top 100 -- Criminal Defense, National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trusts and Estates Lawyers in New York State, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013
  • New York Metro Super Lawyer, Thompson Reuters
  • Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, Fordham Law School
  • American Jurisprudence Prize for Excellence in Real Estate Law, Fordham Law School
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015
  • Honored with peer rating of "AV Preeminent" (5.0 of 5.0, highest rating) from Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Honored with a rating of "Superb" (10.0 of 10.0, the highest rating) by Avvo, 2015
  • Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society, Fellow (Trial Institute, Diversity Institute), 2011
  • Worldwide Who's Who Registry for Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs (member), 2011
  • Loeb & Loeb Professional and Community Service Award, 2006
  • 100 Top Lawyers in New York State in Trusts and Estates, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Best for Trust and Estates Litigation, Acquisition International Magazine, 2014
  • Corporate America Legal Elite - Best For Probate Litigation, Corporate America Magazine, 2015
  • Governor of Kentucky, Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel
  • Member Haute Lawyer Network, Haute Living Magazine, 2013
  • Awarded for continuous professional recognition an accomplishment realized by the Top 1% of American Professionals., America's Most Honored Professionals, American Registry, 2016

Verdicts/Settlements

  • 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

Industry Groups

  • Corporate Fiduciaries
  • Estate Planning Counsel
  • Family Offices
  • Financial Institutions
  • High Net Worth Individuals
  • Trust Companies
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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

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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