JONATHAN A. VOGEL
Pictured with former Secretary Rod Paige, U.S. Department of Education
Jonathan A. Vogel is the founder and managing member of Vogel Law Firm with over 20 years of legal experience, including in the nation’s capital where he worked at the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He uses his uniquely diverse government and private sector experiences to provide a wide range of education law services to families, students, and borrowers, as well as to colleges, universities, higher education service organizations, and other education finance and technology organizations. Jonathan helps clients with virtually all matters that involve issues arising in K-12, higher education, and student loans.
Federal Government Service
Jonathan served at the U.S. Department of Education as the Deputy General Counsel for Higher Education and Regulatory Services and at the U.S. Department of Justice as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. As the most senior higher education attorney at the Education Department, he led a team of attorneys charged with holding colleges, universities, and student loan companies accountable to compliance with federal regulations. At the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, he supported the work of attorneys who manage school desegregation cases.
Jonathan also served at the U.S. Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a prosecutor, he primarily handled bank fraud and identity theft cases, obtaining guilty verdicts in every case he took to trial, as well as sentences that were tough but fair. His first role with the federal government was in the U.S. House of Representatives as Counsel on the Judiciary Committee where he worked on civil-rights issues, including the intersection of desegregation court orders and the establishment of public charter schools.
Private Sector Experience
Following his federal government service, Jonathan was a partner at two leading, international law firms. He represented colleges, universities, financial institutions, and other corporate clients with legal compliance and government investigation matters relating primarily to student loans and mortgages. He was named to Charlotte Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” and was featured in an article by The Charlotte Observer titled “Student Lending is his Specialty.”
His successes on behalf of his clients led to opportunities to work as an Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Bank of America to manage high-stakes government investigations and as a Senior Associate General Counsel at a large, private university to handle all federal regulatory matters, including civil rights, financial aid, privacy, campus safety, and intellectual property.
Jonathan graduated from the Emory University School of Law where he distinguished himself as an editor of the Emory Law Journal, a member of the Moot Court Society, and the recipient of a scholarship for outstanding performance during a two-week course on trial techniques sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Jonathan earned a bachelor degree in psychology from the University of Vermont, where, as a member of the student government, he received the Student Association Service Award. Jonathan also spent a semester abroad studying law and government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
A five-time marathon finisher, Jonathan enjoys exercising, reading, and coaching youth sports. He is a former chairman of the board of directors of the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Charlotte, which provides scholarships to low-income families in Mecklenburg County for children in grades K-8 to attend independent schools. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Mecklenburg County Bar. Jonathan’s younger two children attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and his oldest child attends a public university.