John L. Kellner


Langrock Sperry & Wool
210 College Street
PO Box 721
Burlington VT 05402-0721

Tel: 802.388.6356
Fax: 802.864.0137


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

John is widely recognized as one of Vermont’s leading medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys. For many years he has been listed in both New England Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers, having been named by the latter as “Lawyer of the Year” in the Burlington area for Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation in both 2014 and 2010, and for Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Law in 2013.

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, bird hunter and sports fan.

Langrock Sperry & Wool 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-five attorneys and offices in Burlington and Middlebury. We are also one of the oldest firms, having just celebrated our 50th year of serving Vermonters. But those bare facts do not begin to describe who we are.

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 Vermont communities, and our legal 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 legal 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.