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Peter S. Vogel

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Peter S. Vogel has been involved with the computer industry and electronic data since 1967. Peter 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, Peter combines his technical and business background with his legal expertise to help companies with IT and Internet litigation, dispute resolution, and contract negotiation.

Peter's clients often seek his advice about practical business issues relating to electronic technology and the Internet, which often include 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, Peter 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. As a result Peter is often quoted in the media about Internet issues and crises. Peter's blog on the Internet, IT, and eDiscovery is widely recognized for timely topics and thought- provoking ideas:

Peter is Chair of the Electronic Discovery Group and co-Chair of the Technology Industry Team at Gardere- where he helps clients maneuver business and technology issues through the legal mazes of electronic evidence, intellectual property, contracts, government regulation, and litigation. He 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, Peter is often appointed as a Special Master to assist Courts throughout the US with eDiscovery & ESI, Internet, eCommerce, Intellectual Property, and computer technology matters. Peter 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 Peter has served as an Arbitrator for technology disputes.

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


§          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

§          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

§          Posts blogs, writes, and speaks in the US, the EU, and Asia on topics including the Internet, IT, eDiscovery/ESI, software, intellectual property, and e-Commerce

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

In June 2004 Peter 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 Business Lawyers in Chambers, a Best Lawyer in America, a Top Lawyer in Dallas, and a Texas Super Lawyer.



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