Gardere - Attorney Bio - Peter S. Vogel,  Partner,  Dallas Office,  

Peter S. Vogel
Partner
Trial
Thanksgiving Tower, Suite 3000
1601 Elm Street
Dallas,  Texas  75201
Phone: 214.999.4422
Fax: 214.999.3422
pvogel@gardere.com

Area(s) of Expertise

Practice Emphasis

Peter S. Vogel has been involved with the computer industry and electronic data since 1967. Mr. Vogel worked as a mainframe programmer, systems analyst and management consultant for companies acquiring computer technology and related services, and received a Masters in Computer Science. As a lawyer for the more than 30 years, Mr. Vogel combines his technical and business background with his legal expertise to help companies with IT and Internet litigation, dispute resolution and contract negotiation.

Mr. Vogel's clients often seek his advice about practical business issues relating to electronic technology and the Internet, which often include social media, ERP implementation projects, Internet security, website business management, outsourcing, software patents, copyrights and trade secret protection. Because he is a seasoned IT professional with an accounting and marketing background, Mr. Vogel also often advises clients about financial and marketing issues regarding IT and the Internet. His experience as an Adjunct Professor in the Law of eCommerce keeps him current on the fast moving evolution of the Internet and social media. As a result, Mr. Vogel is often quoted in the media about Internet issues and crises. His blog on Internet, IT and eDiscovery is widely recognized for timely topics and thought-provoking ideas: www.vogelitlawblog.com.

Mr. Vogel is Chair of the Electronic Discovery Group and Chair of the Internet, eCommerce and Technology Industry Team at Gardere — where he helps clients maneuver business and technology issues through the legal mazes of electronic evidence, social media, intellectual property, contracts, government regulation and litigation. Mr. Vogel assists many clients with ESI (electronically stored information) issues and related creation, development and implementation of records retention policies.

Because of his unique background and expertise, Mr. Vogel is often appointed as a Special Master to assist courts throughout the United States with eDiscovery & ESI, Internet, eCommerce, intellectual property and computer technology matters. Mr. Vogel is a fellow of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters. He also serves as a court ordered mediator in eDiscovery & ESI, Internet, eCommerce, intellectual property and computer technology litigation. For more than 20 years, Mr. Vogel has served as an arbitrator for technology disputes.

In addition to helping businesses throughout the world, Mr. Vogel has also devoted a substantial amount of time and energy serving government agencies and non-profit organizations by addressing their computer, social media and Internet issues. Mr. Vogel:

  • Served as founding chair for 12 years of the Texas Supreme Court Judicial Committee on Information Technology whose mission is to put Internet on the desktops of all 3,200 judges in Texas (www.courts.state.tx.us/jcit).
  • Served on the Texas Task Force for the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act.
  • Examined computer election systems for 13 years for the Texas Secretary of State.
  • Served as founding chair of the Computer & Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas.
  • Posts blogs, writes and speaks in the United States, the European Union, and Asia on topics including the Internet, IT, eDiscovery/ESI, software, intellectual property and eCommerce.

In 1994, Mr. Vogel was president of the Dallas Bar Association and also served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. He teaches courses on the Law of eCommerce as an Adjunct Professor at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and is on the founding Board of Advisors of the SMU Computer Law Review and Technology Journal.

In June 2004, Mr. Vogel received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Promoting Technology in the Law from the Computer & Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas. In addition, Peter is regularly recognized as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers and Partners, a Best Lawyer in America and a Top Lawyer in Dallas, as well as in Texas Super Lawyers.

Clients and Matters

Mr. Vogel represents clients in trial and transactions related to software patents, copyrights, trade secret protection, ERP implementation, Internet security, website business management and outsourcing. Some of his computer technology clients include:

  • AMX LLC
  • Collin County, Texas
  • Darling International Inc.
  • NCS Pearson Inc.
  • Texas Department of Information Resources
  • Texas Health Resources Inc.

Education

  • M.S., American University (1972)
    • Computer Science
  • J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law (1976)
  • B.B.A., The University of Texas at Austin (1969)

Publications and Speeches

Presentations

  • Co-Panelist, Address for TexasBarCLE: "What Using The Cloud Does to Attorney-Client Privilege" (June 2014)
  • Co-Panelist, Address for the General Counsel Event: Hacked! Ethical Issues for Lawyers in the Cyber World (May 2014)
  • Speaker, Featured on the McCuiston Television Program: The Net Neutrality Debate (May 2014).
  • Speaker, Address for TexasBarCLE Webcast: Cybersecurity Threats to Law Firms and Related Ethics Problems (April 2014).
  • Speaker, Address at the 36th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute: Legal and Ethical Risks of Internet Cloud Services for In-House Counsel, Dallas (April 2014) (UT Law CLE presented by The University of Texas Law School and the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas).
  • Speaker, Address to the North Texas Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association: Internet Law 101, Dallas (April 2014).
  • Co-Speaker with Clifford J. Risman, Address for Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP eSolutions Webinar: Legal Risks for Cyber Attacks Against Hotel Data (March 2014).
  • Speaker, Address for State Bar of Texas eDiscovery in Your Case Webinar: e-Discovery – Social Media (March 2014) (also presented in Austin).
  • Speaker, Address for State Bar of Texas eDiscovery in Your Case Webinar: e-Discovery – Technical Jargon (March 2014) (also presented in Austin).
  • Keynote Speaker, Address at the 18th Annual Land Use Conference: Ethical Issues for Lawyers – Social Media, Privacy and Public Information, Austin (March 2014) (UT Law CLE presented by The University of Texas School of Law).
  • Speaker, Address for Virtual Corporate Counsel Webinar: Legal Ethics – Using Social Media & the Cloud (March 2014).
  • Speaker, Address for Virtual LEGALTECH Webinar: Legal Ethics – Using Social Media & the Cloud (March 2014).
  • Speaker, Address at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP CLE: Legal Ethics – Using Social Media & the Cloud, Dallas and Houston (March 2014).
  • Speaker, Address at IT Leadership Business Technology Breakfast (Texas): Social Media Law 101, Dallas and Fort Worth (February 2014).
  • Speaker, Address for State Bar of Texas Webinar: Cybersecurity Threats to Law Firms and Related Ethics Problems (January 2014).
  • Panel Chair, ALI-CLE Webinar: Disruptive Technologies and Their Impact on the Practice of Law (January 2014).
  • Speaker, Address at the Collin County Bar Association 5th Annual Law Practice Management Seminar: Legal Ethics Using Social Media & the Cloud, McKinney, Tex. (January 2014).
  • Speaker, Address at State Bar of Texas Webinar: 2014 Update on Internet Contract Issues (January 2014).
  • Speaker, Address for TexasBarCLE eMediation and Special Masters Webinar: Saving Time and Money with eMediation and Special Masters (December 2013).
  • Speaker, Address for St. Mary's University School of Law eDiscovery Course: eDiscovery & eNeutrals, San Antonio (November 2013).
  • Keynote Speaker, Address at the Association of Louisiana Lobbyists Annual Meeting: Legal and Ethical Issues for eMail and Social Media, New Orleans (November 2013).
  • Speaker, Address at the 6th Annual IP Trademark, Copyright & Licensing Counsel Forum: Ethics Considering Use of Social Media, and Impact on eDiscovery, New York City (October 2013).
  • Panelist, CEO Netweavers Technology Group Meeting: The IT Factor in the M&A Process, Dallas (October 2013).
  • Speaker, Address at the Capital Chapter of the IAAP (International Association of Administration Professionals) KnowledgeNet: BYOD – Legal Issues with Social Media and the Internet, Austin (October 2013).
  • Speaker, Address at the Texas Association of Bank Counsel Annual Meeting: eDiscovery - Document Retention & Ethics, Austin (October 2013).
  • Keynote Speaker, Address at the General Counsel Forum 13th Annual Robert H. Dedman Award for Ethics and Law Dinner: Ethics for Lawyers in a World of the Internet, Social Media, & e-Evidence, Dallas (October 2013).
  • Speaker, Address for Virtual LEGALTECH Webinar: Ethics for Lawyers in a World of the Internet, Social Media, & e-Evidence (September 2013).
  • Speaker, Address for State Bar of Texas Webinar: Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Using Cloud Computing (August 2013).
  • Speaker, Address at the Social Media Club Dallas: Social Media and the Law, Dallas (July 2013)
  • Speaker, Address for State Bar of Texas Webinar: Legal and Ethical Issues for Email and Social Media Communications (July 2013).
  • Speaker, Address for Virtual LEGALTECH Webinar: The Mobile Law Practice – Finding a Middle Ground Between Security and Accessibility (June 2013).
  • Speaker, Address to the Association for Conflict Resolution Greater New York Chapter hosted by Cardozo School of Law: Conflict Resolution in a Digital Age, New York City (June 2013).
  • Speaker, Address to the Smith County Bar Association: Ethics for Lawyers in a World of the Internet, Social Media & eEvidence. Tyler, Tex. (June 2013)
  • Speaker, Address at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence & Discovery Course: eDiscovery – Social Media, e-Neutrals, & Admissibility, San Antonio (May 2013).
  • Speaker, Address for INTERFACE13: Legal Issues in the Cloud – How to Protect Data, Dallas (May 2013).
  • Speaker, Address for INTERFACE Seminar: BYOD Legal Issues – Who Owns What?, Dallas (May 2013).
  • Speaker, Address to the American College of e-Neutrals hosted by the Loyola School of Law: e-Neutral Training for eMediators & Special Masters, Chicago (April 2013).
  • Speaker, Address for Corporate Counsel Virtual LEGALTECH: Privacy – Social Media, Internet & BYOD (April 2013).
  • Speaker, Address at SMU Lyle School of Engineering CIO Certificate Program: Legal Issues – IT, Privacy, BYOD, & Social Media, Dallas (April 2013).
  • Speaker, Address for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence & Discovery Course, Houston (April 2013).
  • Speaker, Address for SMU Meadows School of Fine Arts Communications Law Course: Social Media & eDiscovery, Dallas (February 2013).
  • Speaker, Address to the Collin County Bar Association General Counsel Section: Cloud, Privilege, & Social Media, Frisco, Tex. (February, 2013).
  • Speaker, Address to the Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section: Advice for Lawyers and their Clients Doing Business on the Internet, Dallas (February 2013).
  • Speaker, Address at the National Association of Bar Executives Mid-Year Meeting: Copyrights & Trademarks for Dummies, Dallas (February 2013).
  • Speaker, Address for State Bar of Texas Webinar: 2013 Update on Internet Contract Issues (January 2013).
  • Speaker, Address to the Dallas Area Paralegal Association: eDiscovery, Special Masters, & Social Media, Dallas (January 2013).

Intellectual Property, Internet and Computer Technology Publications

  • Author, Master e-Discovery: Special Master Helps Judges and Litigants Resolve Disputes, Atlantic Coast In-House (Lawyers Weekly, Inc.), April 2007.

Workshops

  • Speaker, Address for Cooperative Process Resources: Social Media Workshop, DFW Airport, Texas (April 2010).
  • Speaker, Address for American Petroleum Institute General Committee on Information Management and Technology, Dallas, Texas (May 2009).
  • Speaker, Address for Arizona County Treasurers Association Conference: eGovernment and the Future of Government Services, Safford, Ariz. (April 2009).
  • Speaker, Address for Willis and Gardere Insurance Workshop: Information Technology Liability Issues, Dallas, Texas (October 2006).
  • Speaker, Address for Federation of State Medical Boards: Legal Implications of the Internet for Medical Boards, Seattle, Wash. (September 2003).
  • Speaker, Address for State of North Carolina's Information Technology Service: Service Level Agreement Workshop, Raleigh, N.C. (December 2000)

IT - Information Technology Video

  • Speaker, Address on www.watchIT.com: From ERP to Cloud Computing.
  • Speaker, Address on the Financial Management Network: Are You on the Software Police's "Most Wanted" List? (http://marty.nlps.com/videoview/player.html?40530|9597) (October 2007).
  • Speaker, Address on www.watchIT.com: Limiting Liability Exposure of the IT Manager (February 2003).
  • Speaker, Address on www.watchIT.com: Due Diligence and Don't Be Sorry - 7 Absolute Rules of Computer Contracts (January 2002).
  • Speaker, Address on www.watchIT.com: Legal Issues for Virtual Worlds.
  • Speaker, Address on www.watchIT.com: Are You On the Software Police’s Most Wanted List?
  • Speaker, Address on www.watchIT.com: E-Discovery Investigations - What IT Professionals Need to Know!

Professional Affiliations

  • Founding Chair, Texas Supreme Court Judicial Committee on Information Technology (mission is to put Internet on the desktops of all 3,200 judges in Texas)
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Founding Chair, Computer & Technology Section
    • Former Board Member
    • Former Chair, Minimum Continuing Legal Education Committee
    • Former Chair, Annual Practical Computer Seminars
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
    • Former President
  • Member, Dallas Bar Foundation
    • Former Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Adjunct Professor, Law of the Internet/eCommerce, SMU Dedman School of Law

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2014)
    • Digital Information
  • Appointed, ALI-ABA Technology Advisory Panel
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.) (2006-2014)
    • Communications Law
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.) (2008-2015)
    • Information Technology Law
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners) (2010-2014)
    • Technology: Corporate & Commercial [Texas]
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners) (2004-2007)
    • Technology & IT Outsourcing
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Monthly (2005-2014)
    • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Recognized, The Legal 500 United States (2011, 2012)
    • Media, Technology and Telecoms - Technology: Transactions
  • Recognized, AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS
  • Recognized, Lifetime Achievement Award in Promoting Technology in Law, State Bar of Texas Computer and Technology Section

Community Involvement

  • Board Member and Attorney, Texas Speech-Language Foundation
  • Board Advisor, Northlake-Hillcrest Crime Watch
  • Former Board Member, Family Gateway

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