John F. Lang

John F. Lang Talks Strengths, Motivators and Earning a Client’s Trust

What drew you to your field initially? 

About 20 years ago, the family of a former partner was involved in a case involving a forged codicil to a will and a trial attorney was needed to try the case. I volunteered and successfully tried the case before a jury. I found that trust and estate litigation was more interesting than I had thought and that the matters involved were of great importance to the families involved. This type of litigation, involving wills, trusts, and fiduciaries has been part of my practice ever since.

What is your biggest strength, and how does this translate to your career?

My biggest strength is that I am a “caring strategist.”  This strength has given me the commitment and capability to help people who are in very difficult situations, through no fault of their own, prevail against the odds.

Name the three best things about your job and how they motivate you in your day-to-day routine.  

The opportunity to help people in need and make a difference in their lives.

The ability to use my skills and experience for a good cause.

The different challenges that come with each case I handle.

Together, these things make each day an exciting and rewarding experience.

If you could improve one thing about your field, what would it be?

Too much contentiousness within families about trusts and estate issues. There needs to be for focus on litigation prevention, family counselling, and a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

How do you earn the trust of a potential client?

The old-fashioned way—with results.

Want to learn more? Check out John F. Lang’s Haute Lawyer Profile and personal website.