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Bernard Joseph Vogel III

Mergers and acquisitions Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.0   4 reviews

also known as Bernie Vogel

  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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Bernard (Bernie) Vogel, III is a shareholder & CEO of Silicon Valley Law Group and its Chairperson of Corporate & Securities Section, handling complex corporate transactions, investment financings, mergers and acquisitions, as well as joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies.  His ongoing business and corporate counseling to a variety of entities, ranging from venture capital firms, start up and emerging companies, software developers, infrastructure providers, semiconductor companies, solar & energy generation companies, and biotech companies.  He provides advice on directors & officers liability, corporate governance, stock option plans, licensing, and contracts, as well as advice on complex tax issues with respect to transaction structuring, entity formation, reorganizations, conversion, and business succession planning.


His qualifications and experiences have resulted in an appointment as a Court Appointed Liquidator, and engagement by Bankruptcy Counsel as Special Counsel to Creditor Committees and purchasers of businesses and assets out of bankruptcy.  He has been recognized as “Northern California Super Lawyer,” San Francisco Magazine and Law and Politics Media for over 12 years.


Before practicing law, Bernie was a certified public accountant with Deloitte Touche, formerly know as Haskins & Sells (San Francisco). 


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Silicon Valley Law Group, A Law Corporation
One Market Street, Suite 200
San Jose, CA, 95113


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Posted by Martin Morici | January 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Executive Vice President
Bernie , You were a true professional . We had a very difficult situation on an escrow and you handled the matter in a very professional manner . Your knowledge of the escrow process and the law helped us ensure client satisfaction Martin A Morici
Posted by Gus C. | January 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Bernie help our firm to weed out the bad lenguaje introduced by an unethical lawyer and look after our interest with extremely personal care, will use him on any future needs and highly recommend him and his firm with out reservation.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2012
Going Where No Man Has Gone Before
We had a challenging tax problem that required creative lawyering. Two business partners had formed a joint venture to acquire properties in California. After investing in several properties, the partners had a falling out, resulting in a statutory buy-out of one partner's interests. Bernie developed an elegant and seamless tax plan that avoided a $1,500,000 tax liability. In a second matter, Bernie provided able assistance in conservation easement tax planning.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2014
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My engagement with Silicon Valley Law group was disappointing. On their website, they have "Respond Quickly" as one of their key Mission Statements for SVLG. But my experience was nothing but. After 2wks from initial meet/consultation with CEO, I didn't get any email responses or call backs from my repeated followups. CEO may need to update Mission Statement. It would have been nice that if they were too busy to take my case that they just tell me that and maybe offer a referral.
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Response from Bernard Vogel November 29, 2017
I am sorry about the misunderstanding. We do not give legal advice until an attorney-client relationship has been established. Given you never executed a Client Engagement Letter, we could not answer your legal questions. Engagement Letters are a requirement of the State Bar and our firm policy. Please contact me at your convenience.
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Silicon Valley Law Group, A Law Corporation
  • 2000 - Present
  • Owner
  • Vogel & Vogel
  • 1991 - 2000
  • Of Counsel
  • Groom & Cave
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Attorney
  • Hopkins & Carley
  • 1983 - 1990
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  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wun Systems, Inc. sucessfully sold to Yardi Systems, Inc.
  • Successful Closing of Merger & Acquisition Transaction
  • Mapbox Raises Series B Investment to Build Full Mapping Platform
  • Successfully raised $52.55 million Series B Stock Financing
  • Vukasovich, Inc. v. Commissioner


  • Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • SVO PAC, formerly ChamberPAC (a business and political action committee)
  • Director & Past Chair of the Board of Directors
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Silicon Valley Law Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 1991 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2010
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2009
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2006
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2005
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2004
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Hot Business & Technology Topics
  • 2013
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Hot Business Topics
  • 2011
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Hot Business Topics
  • 2010
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • California Revised Limited Partnership Act
  • 2007
  • National Business Institute
  • Factors Impacting Choice of Entity
  • N/A
  • Conference
  • Director's Liability of Venture-Backed Companies
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Business Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bernie is a very experienced and excellent business and tax lawyer--one of the best in the area."
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."