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John L. Kellner

John L. Kellner



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After years of a general litigation practice, John now focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death cases.

John joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in 1985, after a clerkship with a Chicago U.S. District Court Judge. He has been very active in his local legal communities, serving as President of the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association and the Addison County Bar Association. He was elected six times by the Vermont Bar Association to a seat on the State Judicial Nominating Board, which he chaired for several years.

John and his wife are long time residents of Weybridge, where they raised their two sons. John has served on the Weybridge School and Zoning Boards. He is an avid traveler, cyclist, and sports fan.


Cornell Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1983); University of Vermont (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1980)

Bar Admissions

Admitted to state and federal courts in Vermont; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


American Bar Association; Vermont and American Associations for Justice; Vermont Bar Association


John is recognized by New England Super Lawyers, as well as being annually recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®— the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession— as a leading attorney in Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs, as well as Medical Malpractice Law for Plaintiffs since 2011. He was named by Best Lawyers as Vermont’s “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Personal Injury Litigation in 2010, 2014, as well as the 2023 Edition. In addition, John was named “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Medical Malpractice Law for Plaintiffs in 2013, 2019, 2021, and the 2023 Edition. John’s numerable recognitions also include Vermont’s only state-wide business publication, Vermont Biz, which has repeatedly featured him in its yearly list of “Top Business Lawyers”.