Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP-

The twenty-six attorneys of Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP solve legal problems with a team approach, using knowledge, creativity, and commitment, across a wide range of practice areas.

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Firm Overview

Langrock Sperry & Wool was founded more than fifty years ago, growing from the solo practice of Peter Langrock to its current size, with twenty-six lawyers practicing in two offices. A merger in 1982 with Michael Wool saw the firm expand from its original location in Middlebury, to offices in both Middlebury and Burlington.

Each office inhabits a historic building. In Middlebury, we occupy an 1801 Federal Style structure that has been expanded over the years to accommodate our growing numbers. In Burlington, we first had our offices in the Peck House, birthplace of Theodore Peck, one of Vermont's Civil War heroes. In 2001, we relocated a couple of blocks closer to Church Street, where we now occupy two full floors of the 1830s Hall Block.

Over the years, current or former members of the firm have been selected for many posts in government service, including: Fred Parker, appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Vermont, and to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Ellen Mercer Fallon, Counsel to Governor Madeleine Kunin; Beth Robinson, appointed as a Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court; Emily Joselson, Chair of the Vermont Human Rights Commission; Michael Wool, New England Board of Higher Education; and Peter Langrock and William Miller, Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. We've also pioneered the hiring and promotion of women, boasting among the highest percentage of female lawyers of the state's largest law firms.

Known for our willingness to tackle complex, challenging -- and sometimes unpopular -- legal cases, the firm is highly regarded for the excellence and breadth of our professional work, the accessibility and collegiality of our lawyers, and our deep and long-standing commitment to important public issues affecting our state and our communities. From civil rights and environmental issues, to family law, construction and products liability, our cases have shaped Vermont law. But we could not have done it without our clients.


Main Office

Main Office
111 S. Pleasant Street
Middlebury  VT  05753

Phone
  • (800) 639-6356
Fax
  • 802-388-6149

Other Offices

  • Burlington
    210 College St.
    Burlington,  VT  05401
SSDI
We protect the rights of disabled Vermonters in disputes concerning their Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you have been denied benefits, we will help you file your appeal and prepare for hearing.
Langrock Sperry & Wool also offers a full range of legal services to business and individual clients throughout Vermont. We are one of the largest law firms in the state, with twenty-six attorneys and offices in Burlington and Middlebury. We are also one of the oldest firms, having just celebrated our 50th year of serving Vermonters.

We are a diverse group of well-rounded individuals supported by an experienced staff. Rather than a hierarchy with narrow specialties in isolated departments, we are colleagues who serve our clients as a team. We get together regularly -- often at lunch -- and apply our collective knowledge to the pressing legal problem of the day. Broad and flexible minds, working together across disciplines, yield the best results for our clients.

We are committed to our families, to our communities, and our profession. We love practicing law -- in partnership with each other, our clients, and our professional colleagues -- and that enables us to provide the highest quality and best service that any law firm can deliver.

Our team approach allows us to handle even the most complex matters in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We employ a common sense and creative approach to problem-solving, whether negotiating a business deal, crafting an estate plan, mediating a dispute, or preparing for trial.

We have represented thousands of individuals, businesses, and municipalities in all types of litigation and regularly appear in all state and federal courts in Vermont, as well as in several other states, and in the United States Supreme Court. We receive frequent referrals from other lawyers and are known for our ability and willingness to take on complex and challenging cases.

We listen and understand the legal needs of all our clients, large or small. We collaborate with each other, and with our clients -- working as a team. And we solve legal problems -- with knowledge, creativity and commitment.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Mitchell Pearl

Mitch concentrates on Social Security disability, estate planning, business and real estate transactions, and appeals. His appellate practice includes the successful petition for certiorari and the merits briefs to the United States Supreme Court in Randall v. Sorrell a case challenging Vermont's campaign finance statute. He also represents several not-for-profit organizations.

Mitch joined Langrock Sperry & Wool in 1989 after clerking for the Hon. Franklin S. Billings, Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Vermont. He has been listed in New England Super Lawyers since 2007 and in Best Lawyers in America

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