Peter Vogel

Of Counsel


Peter Vogel is renowned as both a trial and transactional lawyer who deeply understands technology, science and intellectual property, and the opportunities and problems they pose for clients. Governments and administrative agencies, as well as major corporations and emerging businesses, rely on Peter to get right to the heart of an information technology or e-discovery dispute; he knows what to expect and how it will play out in the courtroom. This eliminates unproductive rabbit trails and reduces the cost of litigation for all parties. When negotiating agreements for IT implementation projects for ERP or development projects for healthcare and other companies, his knowledge of technology enables his clients and their vendors to reach consensus faster.

CEOs and other C-suite executives consult with Peter on the confluence of technology, business and law. He advises on cyber-security and identity protection, international privacy laws and global technology disputes, combining complex enterprise systems after a merger or acquisition, and counsels with clients when they are upgrading IT platforms. In every instance, his technical experience, background, and understanding of relationship dynamics streamline the pathway to the right answer and best approach or solution.

Peter is often appointed a Special Master representing the court in IT and eDiscovery disputes. In addition, a court-ordered mediator in eDiscovery and ESI, internet, e-commerce, intellectual property and IT litigation, and has represented numerous states, counties and municipal governments inside Texas and throughout the U.S.

For more than 30 years, Peter has heard dozens of arbitration disputes around the United States for the American Arbitration Association.

Clients include:

  • Austin Industries
  • Bryan Texas Utilities
  • CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Francis Hospital
  • Chubb Group Insurance
  • City of Carrollton, Texas
  • City of Huntsville, Texas
  • Collin County, Texas
  • CompSource Oklahoma
  • Darling Ingredients
  • Essilor of America
  • Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Harman AMX
  • Health Language, Inc.
  • JDA Software Group
  • John M. Floyd & Associates Inc.
  • Marco’s Pizza
  • Morison Supply Company
  • NCS Pearson Inc.
  • Noodle Education
  • Noosa Yoghurt
  • Oklahoma Municipal Assurance
  • One Safe Place Media
  • Pedernales Electric Coop
  • RealPage, Inc.
  • Santander Consumer USA
  • Steel Technologies, Inc.
  • Teacher Retirement System of Texas
  • Texas Department of information Resources
  • Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Texas Health Resources
  • The Princeton Review
  • W.C. Bradley, Inc.
  • Wichita County, Texas

Professional Affiliations

  • Founding Chair, Texas Supreme Court Judicial Committee on Information Technology (mission is to automate the Courts and establish eFiling 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 and eDiscovery, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Board Member, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
  • Board Member, Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center
  • Advisory Board Member, The Millennium Alliance

Community Involvement

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

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Information Technology Law (2008-2018)
    • Communications Law (2006-2016)
    • Technology Law (2017-2018)
  • Recognized, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Tom Wicker ed., Chambers & Partners)
    • Technology: Corporate & Commercial (Texas) (2010-2017)
    • Technology & IT Outsourcing (2004-2007)
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Intellectual Property Litigation (2005-2017)
  • Recognized, Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine
    • Digital Information Law (2014, 2016)
    • Digital Information and Technology (2017)
  • Recipient, Critical Issues Summit Group Award, Association of CLE Administrators (2015)
  • Recognized, The Legal 500 United States
    • Media, Technology and Telecoms - Technology: Transactions (2011, 2012)
  • 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 & Technology Section


  • 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)


  • Texas (1976)
  • Texas State Courts (1976)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Texas Fifth Court of Appeals (1978)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1980)

Representative Matters

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Represented Collin County in an alleged failed ERP software against Sungard
Alleged patent infringement for manufacture of paintball guns, including a Markman Hearing
Represented the owner of software for sewing machine patterns in dispute with software distributor