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John Franklin Lang

Probate Attorney at New York, NY

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  • Licensed for 53 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1970
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About John

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    I handle all types of probate controversies, litigations, and investigations, primarily in the New York City Metro Area.

    30 years

  2. Litigation
    I handle trust and estate litigation, which includes defending and prosecuting claims involving executors, trustees, and beneficiaries with respect to estates, wills, and trusts. I have tried civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts. My litigation practice includes witness representations, arbitrations, mediations, and consulting services.

    52 years

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.



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Lang & Kontoroff LLP
60 East 42nd Street,
Suite 4600
New York, NY, 10165-0006


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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney and Top Legal Strategist
John Lang is an excellent attorney and superb legal strategist. His insights and advice regarding my case were spot-on. I trust his judgment implicitly. John was wonderful to deal with. He answered my questions and addressed all concerns I may have had. He communicated and explained issues clearly. He is professional, keenly intelligent, strong, and caring, and was 100% dedicated to favorably resolving my case. Thanks to the expertise of John and his partner, Angelica Kontoroff, my legal matter has been successfully concluded. I highly recommend John and his firm.
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Posted by Robert | December 28, 2012
John Lang, lawyer extrordinaire
I can think of no lawyer I would recommend more highly than John Lang. For matters having to do with litigation of any kind, there is noone better. In matters of judgement, he is, again, at the top of the list. In one recent case having to do with supposed past tax due his advice as to strategy and approach (how best to keep the legal expenses at a minimum) was uncannily good. In a current case having to do with a retirement arrangement his judgement has been invaluable.
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Posted by Jonathan | March 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Estate Litigation
I recently had a consultation with attorney, John Lang, who I highly recommend. In my opinion, John is an exceptional communicator. He knew just the right questions to ask to quickly get to the heart of the legal matter. Within a short time, John was able to accurately assess the situation and outline available legal remedies. I was impressed by his ability to share his legal expertise in such a concise and clear manner. By the end of the consultation, I had a much better understanding of the relevant law, my options, and John's views of how best to proceed. Years ago, my mother was successfully treated for heart issues at Columbia Presbyterian in NYC. When I met with her team of doctors there, I could immediately see the difference between the level of expertise of her local physicians and those of the renowned, world-class hospital. I think it's the same when deciding on an attorney. You'll have assurance that you're in the best hands with someone top-notch like John Lang whose practice has a wealth of experience in the complex world of estate litigation.
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Posted by rosemary | June 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Lethal Litigator
John Lang was my trial attorney for a Will Contest which we ultimately won in 2016. John Lang,,as lead attorney, always took full command of facts & circumstances of which he conducted depositions & cross examinations rendering the opposition weak &intimidated every time. Don't ever mistake Mr Lang's unassuming manner as he is strategic,,,razor sharp,methodical, spares no punches, & holds no prisoners. Lang got moms last will thrown out & got me the amount provided in moms 2 prior wills..BRAVO
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Strategic Thinker
John Lang is a strategic thinker. He thinks outside the box and then turns the box inside out. I highly recommend him as an attorney. He is "old school" in the best sense: diligent, aggressive, determined, loyal and effective. When combined with a fine strategic mind, you have a potent combination and a first class attorney.
Posted by Robert Goldsmith | January 14, 2015
Performance "above and beyond"
Attorney John Lang really delivered a level of service, skills and commitment that was above and beyond anything I could have expected. He navigated a myriad of issues and individuals involved in my case and demonstrated both passion and commitment to seeing it to successful conclusion over an extended period of time. Assisting attorneys and other support in his office were, also, first-class and stars, themselves. I could not have expected any more from John and his people.
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Posted by Nadezhda | July 6, 2012
An Attorney who Really Cares and Delivers
John is a very strong yet caring attorney who came up with creative solutions to problems and really fought for me. He handled my case extremely well, and intimidated the opposing counsel at depositions.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 500-500 per hour
Payment methods


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal and Founder
  • Law Offices of John F. Lang, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Lang & Kontoroff LLP
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Principal and Founder
  • Law Offices of John F. Lang
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Partner, Litigation Department
  • Loeb and Loeb LLP
  • 1991 - 2010
  • Partner, Litigation Department
  • Gaston & Snow
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Partner, Litigation Department
  • Pollner, Mezan& Stolzberg
  • 1984 - 1990
  • Associate
  • Phillips Lytle Hitchcock Blaine & Huber
  • 1980 - 1984
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, Special Prosecutions
  • New York Attorney General's Office
  • 1977 - 1980
  • Assistant District Attorney, Deputy Chief, Frauds Bureau
  • New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney's Office
  • 1970 - 1977
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  • Fordham University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1967
  • City University of New York, City College
  • Bachelor or Arts
  • 1964

Legal Cases

  • Estate of Kohn
  • Forged will declared nullity by jury.
  • United States v. Mullen.
  • Dismissal of all charges.


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; International Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Trust and Estates Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Small Law Firm Committee
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated "AV Preeminent" (5.0 - Highest Rating)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Designated a "Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates"
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Best for Trusts and Estates Litigation
  • Acquisition International Magazine
  • 2015
  • Corporate America Legal Elite -- Best for Probate Litigation
  • Corporate America Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Premier 100 Trial Attorney
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • New York Metro Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trusts and Estates Lawyer" - New York State
  • American Society of Litigation Advocates
  • 2013
  • Professional and Community Service Award
  • Loeb & Loeb
  • 2006
  • Kentucky Colonel
  • Governor of Kentucky
  • 1986
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1966
  • Kelly Prize for Excellence in Debate
  • City University of New York, City College
  • 1964
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  • Aspatore Books, a Division of Thomson-West
  • The Executive's Guide to Depositions: A Practical Reference Explaining the Deposition
  • 2008
  • Aspatore Books, a division of Thomson-West
  • White Collar Crime Attorneys Add Value,” lead chapter in The Executive's Guide to Understanding White Collar Crime
  • 2006
  • The Banking Law Journal, March/April 2000
  • Patenting Business Methods and Systems; the Aftermath of State Street Bank (Co-Author)
  • 2000
  • Directors Monthly
  • Safeguarding Business from the Threat of White Collar Crime.” (Co-Author)
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Litigation Counsel of America Renaissance Symposium VI at the Harvard Club
  • Preparation, Inspiration, and Perspiration: Lessons Learned in Trying to Win the So-Called Impossible Case
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
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New York Probate Lawyer John Franklin Lang
John Franklin Lang
Probate Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 53 years
Free Consultation