Born: January 20, 1942
Washington, D.C.

Summary by
Judith S. Feigin, Esq.

Interviews Conducted by
Judith S. Feigin, Esq.

John D. Aldock, Esq.

Oral History Text & Documentation

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Oral History Summary

BIOGRAPHY – November 30, 2011

On October 1, 2012 Mr. Aldock will retire from the private practice of law in D.C. after 41 years of practice. At that point he will embark on “a new career,” having promised his wife Judy that he would not be home for lunch.

Mr. Aldock was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1942 and went to public schools in the D.C. area. He attended Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After graduation, Mr. Aldock clerked in D.C. for U.S. District Judge Luther W. Youngdahl, worked for Hubert H. Humphrey in the 1968 election campaign, and was an Assistance U.S. Attorney for D.C. from 1968 – 1971.

In 1971 Mr. Aldock joined the then firm of Shea & Gardner where he remained as a partner and Chair of the firm until it combined with Goodwin Proctor LLP in 2004. Since 2004 Mr. Aldock has been a partner in Goodwin Proctor and Chair of its D.C. office.

Mr. Aldock tried throughout his career to change the focus of his litigation practice every few years, as he says, to avoid getting bored. His oral history concentrates generally on cases of some public interest and often on cases that were more likely to have come to a Washington lawyer.

Mr. Aldock is married to the former Judy Robichek. They have two daughters, Jessica and Stephanie, and two granddaughters, Samantha and Alyssa.

Courtesy of the Aldock Family