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Larry Langdon ’61 named 2020 George V. Voinovich Public Service Award Recipient

September 29, 2020 | Alumni

The Moritz College of Law Alumni Society has named Larry Langdon ’61, the 2020 George V. Voinovich Public Service Award recipient. The award is presented to an alumna/us whose public interest career exemplifies a commitment to promote and provide access to the legal system. Examples of public interest organizations include, but are not limited to, legal aid, legal services, civil liberties, pro bono representation, or volunteer lawyer projects.

Langdon has become world-recognized for his knowledge of federal tax policies and applications, while at the same time being a passionate supporter of the Ohio State community. He began his career in the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Joint Committee Division, Office of Chief Counsel.  During his career, he switched between the public and private sectors, working with the Vetco, Inc., the Ford Motor Company, and Hewlett-Packard, where he served for over 21 years as vice president of tax, Licensing and Customs. Langdon returned to the IRS several times in increasingly senior roles, before joining the firm Mayer Brown in 2003 as partner and firmwide director of global tax practice.

Throughout his career, Langdon has been committed to providing pro bono legal services to many non-profit organizations, and he has been a prolific publisher and speaker on many scholarly pieces on tax law. For Ohio State and the college of law, Larry has been incredibly generous.  He currently supports a fellowship in Dispute Resolution at the college. Larry also has an academic merit-based scholarship in the Fisher College of Business. In addition, Larry created a planned gift that benefits both the college of law and the college of business. He also serves on several boards of many non-profits in his community.