Mr. Vogele is the founder and President of Thomas Vogele & Associates, APC. He attended law school at the age of 51 after a successful 30 year business career, including stints in the banking, manufacturing and consulting industries. He attended Northwestern University and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management before moving to California in 1980.

He began his legal career as a litigation and appellate associate with the Enterprise Counsel Group, ALC. At ECG, he successfully represented clients in a variety of litigation and appellate matters, including all aspects of pre-trial practice (written and electronic discovery, depositions and law and motion practice) as well as serving as first- and second-chair on civil trials and alternative dispute resolution. Because of his extensive business background and expertise, Mr. Vogele was selected to work on several important business cases for the firm.

In 2010, Mr. Vogele left ECG and formed a partnership focusing on complex civil litigation and appellate work for a limited number of sophisticated individual and business clients in Southern California. The firm grew rapidly and expanded its reach to include client matters in state and federal courts throughout California, Texas, Washington State and Alaska. The firm became TVA in 2012 and continues to focus on complex civil and bankruptcy litigation, appellate and transactional matters for individual and business clients.

Mr. Vogele has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts as well as state and federal appellate courts. His successful client outcomes include a seven-figure non-dischargeable judgment against a Ponzi scheme operator; an eight-figure settlement of a four-year partnership dispute; a defense judgment and affirmance on appeal in a complex civil case against 34 defendants; a defense judgment in a Nevada quiet title action; and a seven figure judgment in an elder abuse and conversion case in Monterey County.

Mr. Vogele graduated from Chapman University School of Law with numerous honors and awards. Mr. Vogele was a member of both the Moot Court Honors and Executive Boards, and the Mock Trial Board while at Chapman. He served as judicial extern to the Hon. Vincent P. Zurzolo, former Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, from 2005 to 2006. While working in chambers, Mr. Vogele helped draft the 2006 revisions to the Court’s official form disclosure statement and plan of reorganization.

BAR ADMISSIONS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • California Supreme Court; U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) for the Ninth Circuit; and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Admitted Pro Hac Vice for U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Delaware District, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and the Nevada District Courts
  • Orange County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Orange County Federal Bar Association, the Monterey County Bar Association and the International Trademark Association