Mike Langan was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1968. He graduated from Jamesville-DeWitt High School in 1986, graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1987, studied at the United States Naval Academy in 1987, studied at LeMoyne College in 1987 and 1988, graduated from Colgate University in 1991 (receiving his B.A. in philosophy, cum laude), graduated from George Mason University in 1995 (receiving his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing), and graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 1998.
At Colgate University, Mike studied creative writing with Fred Busch, and British Literature as a member of the Colgate London English Study Group. At George Mason, Mike studied creative writing with Dick Bausch, Alan Cheuse, Susan Shreve and Steve Goodwin, and was a graduate fellow and graduate teaching assistant. In law school, Mike was Notes Editor of the George Mason Law Review, an Associate Justice of the George Mason Moot Court Board, and a student member of the George Mason Inn of Court.
After law school, Mike practiced white collar criminal defense at the 800-lawyer law firm of Piper Rudnick in Washington, D.C. (now DLA Piper), where he served on the firm's Associates' Committee and Hiring Committee, and received the firm's "Model Citizen" Award in 2001. In 2001, Mike moved back to Syracuse where he practiced civil litigation in the Trial Department of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, until 2004, when he became a career law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.
Mike's first novel, Dark Horse, was published in hardcover by Five Star, an imprint of Gale, in February of 2008. His second novel, Ready for the Defense, was published in paperback by Treble Heart Books in May of 2008.
Mike's short stories have been published by The Boston Literary Magazine (Fall 2008),The Upstate New Yorker (August 1995), The Colgate Portfolio (Spring 1992), and Nihil (Fall 1988). His legal articles have been published by Court Review (Spring 2007 and Fall 2014), The George Mason Law Review (Spring 1997), The District of Columbia Council for Court Excellence (July 2001), The New York State Bar Association (Spring 2002), and monthly by the Onondaga County Bar Association (March 2005 to present). He has taught college courses in Freshman Composition, Advanced Composition and American Literature at George Mason University, a college course in Consumer Law at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management, and ten continuing legal education courses in state and federal court practice and procedure.
He lives with his wife Sara and daughters Nora and Georgia in Fayetteville, N.Y., a suburb of Syracuse.