Karin Dougan Vogel: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Karin Dougan Vogel

Special Appellate Counsel
San Diego,  CA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Litigation
  • Healthcare
University Union College, B.A., highest honors, 1981
Law SchoolGeorgetown University, J.D., cum laude, 1986
Admitted1987, California; California Supreme Court, and all appellate and trial courts of the State of California; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan


•Member, Litigation Section, California Bar Association
•Member, Litigation Section, San Diego County Bar Association
•Member, Appellate Courts Committee, San Diego County Bar Association
•Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego
•Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
•Founding Co-editor, San Diego Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report
•Co-Chair, Women's Resource Fair Task Force, 2001 to 2004, and also from 2005 to 2006
•Christ Church Day School, School Board President, 2007 - 2010
•Team Coach for The Bishop's School, San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition, 2008 - present


Karin Dougan Vogel is Special Appellate Counsel in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office. She is the Team Leader for the Appellate Practice Team firm wide.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Vogel is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law. She has extensive experience in appeals and writs on matters involving all areas of complex business litigation, including business related torts and contract actions, real property disputes, partnership disputes, labor law matters, bankruptcy matters, financial institutions related actions, class action issues, arbitration related issues, and other complex commercial disputes. Ms. Vogel practices both in state and federal appellate courts, in all aspects of the appellate process.


•San Diego Super Lawyer, 2015
•Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2015
•Southern California Super Lawyer, 2007-2014
•Top 50 San Diego Super Lawyer, 2010-2011
•Lawyers Club of San Diego Community Service Award, 2006
•San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program's Distinguished Service Award for contributing more than 150 hours of legal services to the indigent community, 2002-2003
•Finalist, San Diego Chargers Community Quarterback Award in recognition for her volunteer services, 2004
•State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Award, 2002-2005

Publications & News


•10 Things Appellate Specialists Should Tell Trial Counsel
Corporate Counsel, June 12, 2015
•The Fed/State Difference
California Lawyer, November 2014
•Common Pitfalls of Appellate Practice
Daily Journal, February 27, 2014
•Your Skills: Top 10 Tips to Prepare for Oral Argument
The Recorder, August 2, 2013
•Keeping Your Options Open
California Lawyer, June 2000
•Preserving The Record For Appeal: Top Ten Mistakes
January 10, 2000
•When Can Guarantors Waive Antideficiency Protection?
CEB Real Property Reporter, January 1993

Media Mentions

•Sheppard Mullin Team Argues U.S. Supreme Court Trademark Case for Hana Bank
December 3, 2014

Speaking Engagements

•Co-Panelist, MCLE presentation on Standards of Review, presented to the San Diego Bar
•Speaker, MCLE course on Basic Appellate Practice, presented to the Eighth Annual Pacific Union Adventist Attorneys Conference
•Co-Panelist, MCLE presentation in-house on Preserving the Record for Appeal: Top Ten Mistakes


Law Clerk for Justice William A. Holohan, Arizona Supreme Court, from 1986 to 1987


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Karin Dougan Vogel

501 West Broadway, Nineteenth Floor
San DiegoCA 92101


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