Thomas A. Vogele

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Costa Mesa, CA

Thomas Vogele and Associates, APC
 | 3199 Airport Loop Dr, Suite A3
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-641-1232
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Appellate (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%),
  • Bankruptcy: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Thomas A. Vogele is the founder and president of Thomas Vogele & Associates, A.P.C., with offices in Costa Mesa and Salinas, California. A successful businessman before becoming an attorney, Mr. Vogele represents business clients at both the trial and appellate level from offices in Orange and Monterey Counties, serving clients throughout California. He has litigation and appellate experience in many areas of law including bankruptcy, business and business entities, commercial, contract, and real estate.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and attending the Kellogg School of Management, Mr. Vogele relocated to California. He worked in the banking, consulting and manufacturing industries before earning his law degree from Chapman University Fowler School of Law.

While attending law school, Mr. Vogele participated on the executive and honors boards of the university’s moot court as well as the mock trial board. He gained practical legal experience by serving as an extern to a federal judge.

Admitted to practice law in the California state courts since 2007, Mr. Vogele is licensed to appear before federal courts including the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California. He is also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., as well as the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit.

Following law school, Mr. Vogele worked for a private law firm before forming Thomas Vogele & Associates, A.P.C. Over the course of his legal career, he has been involved in significant cases that have resulted in substantial verdicts and settlements. He is a member of the Monterey County Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association of Orange County and the International Trademark Association.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (50%)

Appellate (30%): Appeals

Intellectual Property Litigation (10%)

Bankruptcy (10%): Bankruptcy Law

Focus Areas

Appeals, Bankruptcy Law


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Rising Stars: 2017

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About Thomas Vogele

Admitted: 2007, California

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  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Vincent P. Zurzolo, former Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Chapman University School of Law
  • Member, Mock Trial Board, Chapman University School of Law
  • Member, Moot Court Honors, Chapman University School of Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

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


  • TVA obtained $2.3 million judgment and attorneys' fee award in arbitration against real estate developer/promoter of project that failed in 2009.  TVA's clients invested $700,000 in exchange for promise of two-year repayment plus 32%  preferred return guaranteed by promotor.  Developer/promtor was represented by one of OC's largest law firms., 2017
  • TVA obtained reversal of $5.1 million judgment entered against maker of negotiable promsisory note in Court of Appeal based on plaintiff's failure to prove entitlement to enforce under UCC 3309., 2017
  • TVA obtained defense verdict for majority owner and CEO of private company sued by minority shareholder in $26 million fraud/breach of fiduciary duty claim.  TVA also obtained seven-figure attorneys' fees award against minority shareholder., 2017
  • TVA represented real estate developer in action against international oil company for breach of contract, fraud and disgorgement/trespass claims.  On eve of arbitration before three-judge panel, international oil company settled with TVA client for what is believed to be one of, if not the largest award in trespass disgorgement action in history. , 2016
  • TVA obtained reversal of judgment of dismissal and attorneys' fee award against its client.  On appeal, the Court of Appeal reversed and ordered judgment be entered for TVA's client, a 79 year old teacher, but also awarded her attorneys' fees., 2016
  • In a first ever ruling of its kind, TVA obtained an order in large Chapter 7 Bankrtuptcy case that invalidated a QPRT (Qualified Personal Residence Trust) settled by debtor to defraud his creditors, sending shock waves through Asset Protection industry.  Order was upheld by Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and bayfront house held in trust was sold for benefit of creditors of former S&L owner., 2015
  • Inter-family business dispute; TVA represented company's founder in breach of fiduciary duty and fraud action; TVA obtained a settlement valued at $18 million in property and cash, 2013

Educational Background:

  • Northwestern University/Kellogg Graduate School of Management, 1977
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3199 Airport Loop Dr
Suite A3
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-641-1232


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Last Updated: 7/18/2018

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