Peter Vogel

Of Counsel

Overview

Peter Vogel is of counsel, a litigation lawyer, arbitrator, mediator and special master. He is a member of Foley's Privacy, Security & Information Management and Technology Transactions & Outsourcing Practices as well as a member of Foley’s Blockchain Task Force and NFT Task Force. Peter combines his technical and business background with his legal knowledge to help companies with Information Technology (IT), cyber intrusion, internet litigation, dispute resolution and contract negotiation matters. Peter has also been involved with the IT industry, internet and electronic data for his entire career. Prior to practicing law, he worked as a mainframe computer programmer, systems analyst and management consultant for companies acquiring IT and related services.

Peter has clients in industries ranging from healthcare, international manufacturing, state and local government, utilities, blockchain and eCommerce that often seek his advice about practical business issues relating to IT and the internet. These matters often include cyber intrusions, ransomware, colocation sites, cloud solutions, ERP implementation projects, website business management, outsourcing, software patents, copyrights and trade secret protection. Due to being a seasoned IT professional with an accounting and marketing background, Peter also often advises clients about financial and marketing issues regarding IT and the internet. His experience is an Adjunct Professor in the Law of eCommerce keeps him current on the fast-moving evolution of cyber intrusions and the internet. He currently writes a legal column for eCommerceTimes.com and is often quoted in the media about internet issues and crises. Additionally, Peter's Internet, IT & e-Discovery blog is widely recognized for timely topics and thought-provoking ideas.

Peter guides clients through legal, technology and business mazes of electronic evidence, cybersecurity and cyber insurance, ransomware, intellectual property (IP), contracts, government regulation and litigation. He also assists many clients with Electronically Stored Information (ESI) issues and the related creation, development and implementation of records retention policies.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recipient, Pat Nester Innovation in Professional Development, State Bar of Texas
  • Recipient, Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of Texas
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award for Promoting Technology in the Law, Computer & Technology Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of:
    • Information Technology Law (2006-2022)
    • Technology Law (2015-2022) 
  • Recognized, Top Lawyers in Dallas
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers®
  • Recognized, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA

Education

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

Admissions

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

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Former president, Dallas Bar Association
  • Former chair of the Board of Trustees, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Former member of the Board of Directors, State Bar of Texas
  • Founding chair, State Bar of Texas, Computer & Technology Section
  • Adjunct professor, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Founding Board of Advisors, SMU Computer Law Review and Technology Journal
  • Co-founder, American College of e-Neutrals

Selected Recent Presentations

  • “Blockchain Legal Issues: Cyber, Tax, and Crime,” Blockchain Study Group, Dallas Bar Association, July 2021
  • “eCommerce & Copyright Enforcement,” Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Litigation, State Bar of Texas, July 2021
  • “The Role and Influence of Special Masters,” Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Litigation, State Bar of Texas, July 2021
  • “What You Need to Know About Cyber Threats Directed at Lawyers and Clients,” Solo & Small Firm Section, Collin County Bar Association, June 2021
  • “Ethics in the Internet Age, including COVID-19 and Cyber Threats,” Institute for Internal Auditors Houston Chapter, June 2021
  • “10 Commandments of Information Technology (“IT”) Contracts,” ISACA Chicago Chapter, May 2021
  • MODERATOR: “Augmented Artificial Intelligence,” Tech Summit II, Institute for Law and Technology, Center for American & International Law, May 2021
  • MODERATOR: “The Internet of Things (IoT),” Tech Summit II, Institute for Law and Technology, Center for American & International Law, May 2021
  • PODCASTS 1-5 “Mitigating Contractual Cloud Risks,” SIM-DFW and SIM DigiRisk SIG, April 2021
  • “What You Need to Know About Cyber Threats Directed at Lawyers and Clients,” International Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, April 2021
  • “Ethics in the Internet Age, including COVID-19 and Cyber Threats,” Fraud Conference, Institute for Internal Auditors and ISACA Anchorage, April 2021
  • “Legal & Ethical Issues regarding Cybersecurity, Privacy, COVID-19, and the Cloud,” Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations, April 2021
  • “Social Media Marketing of your Law Practice During COVID-19,” Solo & Small Firm Section, Dallas Bar Association, April 2021
  • “Information Security Laws and Regulatory Compliance including: Privacy, the Cloud, and Internet Jurisdiction,” Information Security Laws and Regulations Masters’ class, Georgetown University Graduate School, Washington, DC, March 2021
  • “Cyber Threats directed at Governments during the COVID-19 WFH (Work From Home) Environment,” Government Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, March 2021
  • “Ethics in the Internet Age, including COVID-19 and Cyber Threats,” Fraud Conference, Institute for Internal Auditors and ISACA Omaha, February 2021
  • PANEL: “The Role and Influence of Special Masters,” 34th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law, State Bar of Texas, February 2021
  • PANEL: “Cybersecurity: How a CFO Can Navigate Threats in a WFH Environment,” Financial Executives International, Dallas Chapter Tech SIG, January 2021
  • “Historical Thoughts about the Computer & Technology Section,” 4th Annual “Technology and Justice for All” CLE: Vaccinating Your Technology Tools for Practice in a Pandemic, Computer & Technology Section, State Bar of Texas, December 2020
  • “M&A Due Diligence Legal & Ethical Advice regarding Cyber, Cloud, and Service Level Agreements,” Friday Clinic, Dallas Bar Association, December 2020
  • “Cybersecurity,” Advanced Business Law Course, State Bar of Texas, November 2020
  • PANEL: ”Cyber Law, Due Process, Arbitration and Mediation,” 5th Annual Cyber Future Summit, Cyber Future Foundation, October 2020
  • “10 Commandments of Information Technology (IT) Contracts,” Science & Technology Section, Dallas Bar Association, October 2020
  • “Ethics in the Internet Age, including COVID-19 and Cyber Threats,” Institute for Internal Auditors New Orleans Chapter, October 2020
  • “Legal & Ethical Issues regarding Cybersecurity, Privacy, COVID-19, and the Cloud,” Solo & Small Firm Section, Dallas Bar Association, October 2020
  • “Digital ‘data dumps’ and eDiscovery issues,” Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, October, 2020
  • “Ethics in the Internet Age, including COVID-19 and Cyber Threats,” Fraud Conference, Institute for Internal Auditors Central Arkansas Chapter and Association of Fraud Examiners, September 2020
  • “Current state of Cyberlaw and regulation,” Cyber Future Foundation Lunch Hour Live, September 2020
  • “M&A Due Diligence Legal & Ethical Advice regarding Cyber, Cloud, and Service Level Agreements,” Dallas Chapter, Texas Society of CPAs, September 2020
  • “Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on the Practice of Law,” Friday Clinic, Dallas Bar Association, September 2020
  • “eCommerce Update: Helping Clients Do Business on the Internet in the midst of Covid-19 & Cyber Turmoil,” Franchise Law & Distribution Section, Dallas Bar Association, August 2020
  • “A Playbook for Technology Contracts,” Advanced In-House Counsel Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2020
  • “Making Your Online Presence Professional,” Law Student Professionalism Program, Dallas Bar Association, July 2020
  • “Complex Technology & eDiscovery Disputes During COVID-19 & Cyber Turmoil: How can Special Masters Can Help,” American Arbitration Association, June 2020
  • "Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: The Impact of COVID-19 and Cyber Threats,” State Bar of Texas, June 2020
  • “eCommerce Update: Helping Clients Do Business on the Internet in the midst of COVID-19 & Cyber Turmoil,” Texas Society of CPAs, June 2020
  • “COVID-19 & Cyber Impact the Courts: How Special Masters can help in eDiscovery & Complex Technology Litigation,” Dallas Bar Association, June 2020
  • “COVID-19 & Cyber Impact the Courts: How Special Masters can help in eDiscovery & Complex Technology Litigation,” Texas Society of CPAs, May 2020
  • “Helping Clients Protect Data Privacy and Cyber Security During COVID-19,” Dallas Bar Association, May 2020, Dallas
  • “2020 Update to Help Clients Do Business on the Internet in the Midst of Cyber Turmoil,” State Bar of Texas, March 2020
  • “10 Commandments of Information Technology (IT) Contracts,” Texas Society of CPAs, February 2020
  • “M&A Due Diligence Legal & Ethical Advice regarding Cyber, Cloud, and Service Level Agreements,” State Bar of Texas, February 2020
  • “M&A Due Diligence Legal & Ethical Advice regarding Cyber, Cloud, and Service Level Agreements,” Texas Society of CPAs, February 2020
  • “Legal & Ethical Issues regarding Privacy, Cybersecurity, and the Cloud,” International Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, January 2020, Dallas
  • “Legal & Ethical Issues for Protecting PHI In the Cloud,” Health Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, January 2020, Dallas