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Peter F. Langrock

Peter F. Langrock

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Biography

Peter founded the firm in 1960. He is a trial lawyer and a counselor to all. He is also a farmer, an author, a painter, a world traveler, and a chef. Peter handles matters from traffic cases to arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was elected State’s Attorney of Addison County in 1960, just months after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. Since then he has been involved in virtually every type of trial, in every county and every Federal courthouse in Vermont, and as far away as Sitka, Alaska. He twice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and four of his cases were carried on Court TV.

Peter is a life member of the Uniform Laws Commission and is active on several drafting committees. He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, and as Chair of the Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities. He is the author of two books, Addison County Justice (Eriksson 1997) and Beyond The Courthouse (Eriksson 1999), and numerous legal articles.

At heart Peter is a farmer. At one time he had a dairy farm, and he now raises beef cattle, Clun Forest sheep, and Standardbred horses on a farm six miles south of Middlebury. Besides his love for trout fishing and bird hunting (he has two English Setters), he races Standardbred trotters (but no longer drives them) at Saratoga Raceway and at Vermont fairs. His current passion is doing Impressionist-style oil paintings.

Education

University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1960); University of Chicago (B.A. 1958)

Bar Admissions

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

Memberships

Vermont and American Bar Associations; American Law Institute; National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates

Recognition

Peter’s awards and peer recognitions are too numerous to list, but examples include recognition by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Commercial Litigation and by New England Super Lawyers for General Litigation, First Amendment Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation and Criminal Defense. In addition, Peter has been annually recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®— the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession — for his work in First Amendment Law since 1993, Commercial Litigation since 2006, Criminal Defense for both General Practice and White Collar since 2010 and Personal Injury Litigation for Plaintiffs since 2011. Peter’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”.