Howard H. Vogel was born in Paris, Tennessee, on September 4, 1949. He was admitted to the practice of law in Tennessee on April 19, 1975. Mr. Vogel received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1971. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in December of 1974. He was a member of Phi Alpha Delta.
He served as the president of the Knoxville Bar Association for 1993, and a member of the Board of Governors for 1978; 1981-82; and 1992-94. He served as president of the Barristers Club of the Knoxville Bar Association.
He was the president of the Tennessee Bar Association for 1995-96. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Tennessee Bar Association for 1980-81 and 1990-97. He was the president of the Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference of the Tennessee Bar Association for 1980-1981. He is a member of the Founders of the Supreme Court of Tennessee Historical Society.
His first term of service in the American Bar Association House of Delegates was from 1983 through 1990. He served as a member of the Council of the ABA Section of Litigation and the Executive Council of the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA. Mr. Vogel served as Editor-in-Chief of the Barrister magazine of the American Bar Association from 1983 through 1985.
He served as a member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors from 1985 – 1988, and he was vice-chairman of the Board Finance Committee for l987 – 1988. He served as chairman of the ABA Special Committee on Meetings and Travel from 1988-90, and he served as the chairman of the ABA Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel for 1990-92. He served as the chairman of the ABA Task Force on Outreach to the Public for 1988 – 1989. He is a past member of the Board of Editors for the ABA Journal. He served as the chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Public Education for 1996-97. He is a former chair of the ABA Commission on Public Understanding About the Law. He was the chair of the ABA Committee on Scope & Correlation of Work for 1997-98. He is a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Strategic Communications. He is a former State Delegate for Tennessee in the ABA House of Delegates. He is a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Constitution & Bylaws. He is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs.
He served as the District 6 member of the ABA Board of Governors for a term from 2008 to 2011. He served as the chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee for 2009-2010.
He is a member of the American Bar Endowment Board of Directors.
Mr. Vogel participated as a member of the Domestic and International Law Commission at the US/USSR Emerging Leaders Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in December of 1988.
He is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee Bar Foundation, and he served as Chair of the Board for 2007-2008. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Knoxville Bar Foundation and Tennessee Bar Foundation. He served as President of the Fellows of the Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference for 1991-92. He is an emeritus member of the Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a member of the American Counsel Association.
He was a member of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 1995.
Mr. Vogel is admitted to practice before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.
He is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 civil mediator and a member of the mediation panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He has mediated over 2000 civil disputes.
He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, and a former president of that organization.
He is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission of the Tennessee Supreme Court (2002-2016), and currently serves as the Chair of the Commission.
Since 2004, he has been recognized by various organizations that select Best Lawyer designees. For the past several years, he has been was recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers in America”.
He is a member of the American Law Institute.
He is a member of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
In December of 2007, he was presented with the Knoxville Bar Association’s Governors Award. In June of 2011, he was given the William M. Leech, Jr. Public Service Award by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.