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Thomas Vogele & Associates, APC

Trial and Appellate Attorneys for Business and Civil Disputes

About TVA

The TVA legal team, led by principals Thomas Vogele and Timothy Kowal, serves clients in trial and on appeal throughout California, with offices in Orange and Monterey Counties. Our mission is to provide every client with creative and tenacious representation. We are proud to have won trial and appellate victories for business and individuals that rank among the largest and most significant in California.
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Awards

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2019 Top 20 California2019 Number 1 Verdict Property Rights CaliforniaSuper LAwyers Badge - Thomas A Vogele Selected in 2017 Thomson Reuters
Expertise Award - Best Bankruptcy Lawyers in Irvine 2020Top 10 Jury Verdicts in California 2018 - Breach of ContractNumber 1 Jury Verdict in California 2018 - Fraudulent Transfer
AVVO Rating 10.0 SuperbSuper Lawyers 2023

Resources for Trial Attorneys

Each week, TVA appellate attorney Tim Kowal reviews several recent decisions out of the appellate courts in California, and elsewhere, and reports about the ones that might help you get an edge in your cases and appeals in our ARTICLES section.

Trial attorneys might also be interested in the California Appellate Law Podcast, co-hosted by Tim Kowal. To listen, click below, visit www.CALPodcast.com, or subscribe in your favorite podcast player.
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Case Studies

FEDERAL JURY AWARDS $40 MILLION TO TVA'S CLIENT AGAINST TRESPASSING PIPELINE OPERATORS

A jury returned a unanimous verdict requiring Shell Pipeline and Alon to pay TVA's clients $40.6 million in benefits-obtained trespass damages.

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FEDERAL COURT ORDERS SHELL COMPANY TO REMOVE PIPELINE FROM PROPERTY

TVA's clients bought a 138-acre parcel across the street from Meadows Field airport, a property hoped to be the "window to the city"...

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Testimonials

“Tom [Vogele] is one of the people I rely on to help me make decisions about the direction of my business. I consider him a key part of my management team.”

RVCA CORPORATION

Chairman
“I did not get justice at my trial after I was taken advantage of by a lender. I think the judge made up his mind whom he wanted to believe. When Tim took my case up on appeal, he focused the case on the contract. The appeal saved my retirement.”

SUSAN PETERSON

Client
"I would recommend Tom, Tim, and the entire TVA team without reservation. Having worked with law firms of all sizes, I would put the quality and effectiveness of TVA's advocacy up against anyone."

NATHAN MAZUREK

Chairman and CEO, Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.
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Our Team

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Our attorneys are recognized for our in-house attentiveness and large-firm skill set.
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Published Articles

Preparing the Excerpts of Record for Federal Appeals

This course provides an overview of designating the record and preparing the Appendix or Excerpts of Record for federal appeals. Preparing the record is critically important to success on appeal, but is often overlooked by attorneys, who may come to their paralegals shortly before the briefing deadline. Both attorneys and paralegals should be aware that the process is time-intensive. Not only that, but now that the courts have entered the digital age, the courts require the Appendix or Excerpts of Record to conform to demanding technical specifications. This is a daunting undertaking by both the paralegal and the attorney, and paralegals can add tremendous value by understanding the process and encouraging their attorneys to plan ahead.

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Making Sense of the California Supreme Court's Publication Rules

Attorneys are aware how important it is to confirm the precedential value of a recent published "smoking gun" decision on all fours with your case. One factor that can greatly disturb the citability of an appellate decision is whether the California Supreme Court has decided to review it. The Supreme Court recently amended rule 8.1115. Fortunately, the amendment is arguably rather sensible. In short, while Supreme Court review is pending, you can still cite your smoking gun case, and the trial court may follow it, even if another appellate court disagrees with it. Less fortunate is that, if your smoking-gun case was taken up for review on an issue completely separate from your smoking-gun issue, the case loses precedential effect on your smoking-gun issue, too, as collateral damage.

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Contacts

TVA’s attorneys come to the law from vastly different backgrounds but share a passionate commitment to excellence and professionalism in everything we do for our clients and the legal community.
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THOMAS VOGELE & ASSOCIATES, APC
129 W. Wilson St. 
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Costa Mesa, California 92627
(714) 641-1232
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THOMAS VOGELE & ASSOCIATES, APC
60 West Alisal, 
Suite 18
Salinas, California 93901
(831) 272-6676
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