Jane Lang

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Jane Lang
NationalityUnited States
Known forLawyer, philanthropist
RelativesStephen Lang (brother)

Jane Lang is an American lawyer, arts philanthropist and arts education promoter. She has been characterized as a neighborhood activist, the primary force responsible for revitalizing a run-down area of Washington, D.C.[1][2] She is the daughter of entrepreneur and philanthropist Eugene Lang, and the older sister of actor Stephen Lang.[3]

She also co-founded the law firm Sprenger + Lang. In her legal career, Jane Lang has specialized in employment litigation and housing law. In several ground-breaking cases, Jane Lang has settled class-action lawsuits against employers for sexual harassment, race discrimination, and other similar broad-reaching cases.[4]

At Sprenger + Lang she has represented plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases, including race discrimination class actions that were settled against the Pillsbury Co. and Northwest Airlines, with consent decrees in 1990 and 1991. She was lead counsel with Paul Sprenger in In re Pepco Employment Litigation [5] and numerous other cases litigated during the first half of the 1990s. She was instrumental in negotiating settlements in several of Sprenger + Lang's cases, including cases against Maytag and Control Data Corp.


Legal career[edit]

From 1970 until 1979, she practiced law with the Washington D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, becoming its first female partner in 1977. From 1979 to 1981, she served as General Counsel for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. After that, she returned to her former law firm Steptoe & Johnson until 1986.

After leaving Steptoe & Johnson, she founded her own firm, developing a plaintiffs' practice. In 1989, she and Paul Sprenger joined their firms, becoming Sprenger + Lang. Though now she is "Of Counsel" to the firm, she remains involved with Sprenger + Lang's class action lawsuit for age discrimination in the TV Writers' Case.


Jane Lang served as the first Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the Atlas Performing Arts Center, in Washington, D.C.[6] Lang is currently listed as Founder, Chair Emeritus. [7] The locally revered but ruined Atlas Theatre in a run-down neighborhood in northeast Washington was renovated and now functions as a multiple-use performing arts center.[1] The non-profit arts center has become the namesake institution the area, leading the revitalization of the so-called "Atlas District" in Washington.[8][9]

Jane Lang is a trustee of The Sprenger Lang Foundation, a private family charitable organization based in Washington, D.C. The foundation's primary purpose is to support the arts and arts education. Grants and contributions are made primarily to producing theaters, musical groups, dance troupes, educational institutions, health care facilities and other cultural institutions. The Sprenger Lang Foundation solicits new scripts as part of an annual Nathan Miller History Play Contest. The producing division of the foundation is Tribute Productions, presenting plays and musicals.


Paul Sprenger and Jane Lang were included in Washingtonian magazine's 2007 list of Washingtonians of the year.[10]


  1. ^ a b Marks, Peter (Sunday, March 27, 2005). "For the Atlas, a Bold New World: In a Neighborhood That Once Burned, New Arts Center Fuels Hope for Renewal", The Washington Post, Page N01.
  2. ^ Irwin, Neil(Monday, September 23, 2002). "An Agreeable Chorus on the Atlas Theater", The Washington Post, Page E12.
  3. ^ Stark, John (1990-05-28). "Forgoing His Father's Millions, Stephen Lang Bootstraps to Acting Fame with the Help of a Few Good Men. Vol. 33. № 21.". People.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  4. ^ Locy, Toni (Thursday, October 23, 1997). "Bank to Pay $58 Million in Age Bias Case - First Union Layoffs After Two Mergers Led to Suit," The Washington Post, Page A01.
  5. ^ York, Michael (Sunday, February 21, 1993 ). "PEPCO Bias Suit Heads For $38 Million Settlement - Thousands Could Get Payments in 7-Year-Old Case Brought by Black, Female Workers," The Washington Post, Page A01.
  6. ^ Horwitz, Jane (Tuesday, September 12, 2006). "Backstage: Revitalized Atlas Aiming To Make a World of Difference", The Washington Post, Page C05.
  7. ^ http://www.atlasarts.org/about/leadership/ "Board of Directors: Officers", Atlas Performing Arts Center web page
  8. ^ Hahn, Fritz (Friday, September 8, 2006 Weekend section). "H Street Life", The Washington Post, Page WE25.
  9. ^ Risen, Clay (Sunday, December 16, 2007). "Day Out | Washington: H (as in Humming) Street", The New York Times.
  10. ^ Milk, Leslie and Ellen Ryan (Tuesday, January 01, 2008). "Washingtonians of the Year 2007: Jane Lang and Paul Sprenger," Washingtonian Magazine.


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