I’ve been a lawyer for 30 years, and retired from a federal practice in DC in 2017. I launched my private practice — Gerald J. Langan, PLLC — here in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, and offer general litigation and mediation services statewide, based in Hardy county.
I also retired from a military practice with the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 2015, where over the course of a 30-year career (both active and reserve) I served as an Army Lawyer on legal assignments worldwide. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, I hold combat decorations from the conflicts in Kuwait and Afghanistan.
I have an extensive litigation background, and am admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in West Virginia. I am also a member of the District of Columbia bar.
My professional interest in mediation was first sparked by Professor Tom Patrick of WVU who introduced me to the subject through the state bar mediation program in Flatwoods, WV. I went on to co-mediate a number of cases with Professor Patrick, and to complete certificate programs at law schools around the country. I believe in the benefits of mediation, and put those beliefs into practice.
As a part-year resident of the Potomac Highlands for some 15 years, the decision to relocate my private practice to the Mountain State came naturally — there is much to be said for the great state of West Virginia and its fine people. If my firm can be of assistance to you with any of your legal or dispute resolution needs, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.
Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctor — University of Idaho
LLM (Master of Laws and Letters) — Boston University
West Virginia, District of Columbia
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
United States District Court (Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia)
United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
United States Supreme Court
West Virginia State Bar (Basic and Advanced Training)
West Virginia Court Approved Family Court Mediator
Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution — Mediation Certificate, University of Idaho (2017)
Northwestern University — Mediation Skills Certificate — Chicago IL (2016)
Harvard Negotiation Institute — Mediating Disputes Certificate — Harvard Law School (2014)
United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps — 1985-2015 (Active and Reserve)
United States Department of Treasury — 1991-2007
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation — 2007-2017