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Lang joined LGWM December 30, 2016 in LGWM’S Gulf Coast office located in Pensacola, Florida. Lang returned to private practice with LGWM after 12 years in private practice as a trial lawyer, followed by 20 years of public service on the bench as a trial court judge.

During his 12 years in private practice, Lang defended legal malpractice actions, premises liability actions, and a variety of personal injury, property, and construction related cases. Lang routinely defended claims in both Alabama and Florida state and federal courts. While in private practice, Lang also served as the City Prosecutor for the City of Daphne, Alabama, and the Municipal Judge for the City of Fairhope, Alabama. Lang served 28 years in the Army Reserves as a Judge Advocate General and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2016.

During his 20 years as a circuit trial judge, Lang presided over more than 6000 civil jury cases. As a judge, Lang presided over 200 jury trials and 750 non-jury trials, including some of the more complex civil litigation cases in Alabama's 28th Judicial Circuit. Many of the trials over which Lang presided included catastrophic injury cases involving products liability, medical malpractice, construction defect claims. Lang also presided over dozens of trials involving municipal liability and general civil litigation. A large number of the civil jury cases over which Lang presided also involved condominium and home owners’ associations with substantial construction defect claims against developers and contractors. Lang also presided as judge over dozens of individual residential and commercial litigation cases during his 20years.

During his tenure on the bench, Lang served as Chair of theAlabama statewide Judges Technology Committee, for which Lang oversaw the development and implementation of the Ala court and Ala file electronic filing systems. In 2015, his contributions to the system were honored by being awarded the Alabama State Bar Judicial Award of Merit.

Professional Profile

2018 Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation

2017 Howell Heflin Honesty & Integrity in the ProfessionAward Recipient

2015 Alabama State Bar Judicial Award of Merit Recipient

Member, Alabama Bar Association

Member, Florida Bar Association

Member, Baldwin County Bar Association

Member, Mobile Bar Association

Member, Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association

Bar Commissioner for Baldwin County, Alabama State Bar

Advisory Committee of the Alabama Rules of Evidence of theAlabama State Bar

Past member, Education and Executive Boards of the AlabamaCircuit Judge's Association

Past chair, Court Technology Commission for the AlabamaAdministrative Office of Courts

Past service, Alabama Military Law Committee and theAdvisory Committee of the Alabama Rules of Evidence of the Alabama State Bar


All State Courts in Alabama (1984)

All State Courts in Florida (1986)

United States District Court Southern District of Alabama

United States District Court Northern District of Florida

United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the EleventhCircuit

UnitedStates Supreme Court
Lang is a graduate of Troy State University (now Troy University) where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting (1978) and a graduate of Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, where he earned his J.D. Degree (1984). He is an alumnus of the National Judicial College.
  • Presided over a construction defect case thatincluded 5 separate condominium owners associations with claims against thecommon developer and general contractor, with third party claims against over25 sub-contractors, involving 50 lawyers. These consolidated cases over which Lang presided were the genesis forAlabama being on the forefront of jurisdictions establishing an electronicfiling system, that is now known as the Alacourt electronic filing system inAlabama.  
  • Presided over a 4 week trial for wrongful deathof a tire repairman for explosion of tractor tire based on failure to warn ofthe flammability of a flat tire repair product.
  • Presided over a wrongful death of home owner dueto natural gas explosion of a water heater related to gas leak. Claims againstmanufacturer, installer, general contractor and city utility department. 4 weektrial.
  • Presided over suit by homeowners against privatesewer company, municipal water utility and plumber for cross connection ofwater and sewer lines to the homes.
  • Presided over suit for injuries resulting fromviolations of OSHA regulations and negligence against a surveying company.
  • Presided over suit by condominium ownersassociation against carrier and insurance agent for damages resulting fromHurricane Katrina for failure to properly secure adequate insurance coverage.
  • Presided over suit by homeowner against titlecompany and closing agent for misrepresentation as to warranty of title. 
  • Presided over a non-jury trust dissolution caseinvolving over $27 million in pine timber between the bank trustee and theplaintiff income beneficiaries of the trust, seeking a dissolution of the trustand division of the land and timber – 2 week bench trial to conclusion.Affirmed on appeal.  
  • Presided over a property damage claim bymultiple homeowners against municipality for constructive eviction and loss ofuse of homes due to flooding caused by city development of a publicroadway. 
  • Presided over claim for damage to underwaterfiber optic cable.
  • Presided over a claim by 2 homeowners against amunicipality concerning storm water running causing erosion to property owners’homes overlooking a bluff, creating major erosion and hazardous condition.  Issue of private property vs. publicduty. 
  • Presided over major commercial developmentinvolving 2 national banks, a national developer and municipality.  Case involved environmental management issuesduring development, commercial financial issues and claims between developerbank and bond holders. 
  • Presided over suit by 2 municipalities and aprivate waste disposal company against Baldwin County and another wastedisposal company regarding public/private partnership and territorialrights.  Ruling on standing affirmed.
  • Presided over suit against employee leasingcompany claiming safety violations on equipment used on construction site.
  • Presided over suit by bank against appraiser ofcommercial real estate for wrongful evaluation and fraud.
  • Presided over suit of home owner againstmunicipality, engineer and contractor for erosion caused by neighboring homeconstruction.
  • Presided over suit by homeowner for waterintrusion, runoff and erosion against neighboring homeowner.  
  • Presided over suit brought by condominium ownersassociation against contractor and developer for construction defects.  
  • Represented business manager of professionalmusic group sued for injuries sustained during a concert for items falling fromceiling during pyrotechnics display in Pensacola, Florida. 
  • Represented employee in sexual harassment casebrought by co-employee against employer for hostile work environment. Judgmentas a matter of law for defendants, employee and employer.  U.S. District Court, Southern District ofAlabama
  • Represented architect in defense of claim fornegligent design of work area in fast food restaurant.  Defense verdict
  • Successfully represented carrier in declaratoryjudgment action against homeowner for arson of home.
  • Represented lawyer sued for misappropriation oftrust funds held for multiple clients through conservatorships in Probatecourt.      
  • Represented local boat manufacturer in trademarkaction by national boat manufacturer. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • Represented engineering firm in defectiveconcrete design and mix claim in construction of baby food production facilityin Fort Smith, Arkansas. 
  • Represented electrical engineering firm in postelectrical fire inspection at major chicken processing plant in Vienna,Georgia.
  • Represented structural engineer in foundationaldesign defect claim by homeowner in Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Represented Texas home inspection valuationcompany for negligent delay in inspection of barn construction in Mobile,Alabama.
  • Represented Florida engineering firm in defenseof claim by steel fabricator for changes to structural fabrication.