Peter S. Vogel


In-Camera Review
Information Technology
Intellectual Property
Patent Infringement

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 (UETA);
  • 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; and
  • 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.

Case List

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 Corporation
  • Collin County, Texas
  • NCS Pearson
  • Texas Health Resources
  • The Princeton Review

Honors Membership Awards

  • Appointed, ALI-ABA Technology Advisory Panel
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White, Inc.) (2006–2013)
  • Communications Law
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White, Inc.) (2008–2013)
  • Information Technology Law
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners) (2004–2007)
  • Technology & IT Outsourcing
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners) (2010–2012)
  • Technology: Corporate & Commercial [Texas]
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyer, Law & Politics Media Inc. as published in Texas Monthly (2005–2012)
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 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


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