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John Franklin Lang

About me

Military Service:

United States Marine Corps, 1967-1969 (service in Vietnam as a member of the 26th Marine Regiment, saw combat during the Tet Offensive).


Court Admissions:

New York State; United States Supreme Court; United States Tax Court; United States International Court of Trade; United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York, the Connecticut District, the Northern District of California, the Northern District of Texas, and the Eastern District of Kentucky.


Articles about Pro Bono Work

• "Donor Profile: John Lang." Inside Children's Rights Fall 2008:7.
- A description of John 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 John 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 John Lang's child welfare advocacy.



Languages spoken: Russian, English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Probate: 80%
    23 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    45 years



Hourly ($500/hour), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:


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    John and I were partners for many years and worked together on a significant number of cases and litigation avoidance plans. John is one of the very best litigators I have ever worked with. His skills cover a broad range from seeing the big picture and having the ability to think "outside the box" to handling the nitty gritty details inherent in litigation. John should be at the very top of anyone's list of litigation attorneys.


    Andrew Ross
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Lang & Kontoroff LLP

60 East 42nd Street,
Suite 4600
New York, NY, 10165-0006


NYCurrently registered 197007/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Premier 100 Trial AttorneyAmerican Academy of Trial Attorneys2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Corporate America Legal Elite -- Best for Probate LitigationCorporate America Magazine2015
Best for Trusts and Estates LitigationAcquisition International Magazine2015
Designated a "Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates"Martindale-Hubbell2015
New York Metro Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Peer Review Rated "AV Preeminent" (5.0 - Highest Rating)Martindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Trusts and Estates Lawyer" - New York StateAmerican Society of Litigation Advocates2013
Professional and Community Service AwardLoeb & Loeb2006
Kentucky ColonelGovernor of Kentucky1986
American Jurisprudence AwardLawyers Cooperative Publishing1966
Kelly Prize for Excellence in DebateCity University of New York, City College1964
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerLang & Kontoroff LLP2015 - Present
Principal and FounderLaw Offices of John F. Lang2010 - 2014
Partner, Litigation DepartmentLoeb and Loeb LLP1991 - 2010
Partner, Litigation DepartmentGaston & Snow1990 - 1991
Partner, Litigation DepartmentPollner, Mezan& Stolzberg1984 - 1990
AssociatePhillips Lytle Hitchcock Blaine & Huber1980 - 1984
Special Assistant Attorney General, Special ProsecutionsNew York Attorney General's Office1977 - 1980
Assistant District Attorney, Deputy Chief, Frauds BureauNew York County (Manhattan) District Attorney's Office1970 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; International Law SectionMember1995 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Trust and Estates Law SectionMember1995 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Small Law Firm CommitteeMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of KohnForged will declared nullity by jury.
United States v. Mullen.Dismissal of all charges.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Aspatore Books, a Division of Thomson-WestThe Executive's Guide to Depositions: A Practical Reference Explaining the Deposition2008
Aspatore Books, a division of Thomson-WestWhite Collar Crime Attorneys Add Value,” lead chapter in The Executive's Guide to Understanding White Collar Crime2006
The Banking Law Journal, March/April 2000Patenting Business Methods and Systems; the Aftermath of State Street Bank (Co-Author)2000
Directors MonthlySafeguarding Business from the Threat of White Collar Crime.” (Co-Author)1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1967
City University of New York, City CollegePre-LawOther - Bachelors1964
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Live Presentation and Webinar at N.Y. City Bar Assn.Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Litigating in Probate Court2013
Live Presentation and Webinar at Lawline.comWinning the Tough Case by Embracing the Negative2013
Litigation Counsel of America Renaissance Symposium VI at the Harvard ClubPreparation, Inspiration, and Perspiration: Lessons Learned in Trying to Win the So-Called Impossible Case2012