H. Steven Vogel

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HVOGEL@beckerlawyers.com

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Practices

Credentials

    Education

      • University of Miami School of Law, LL.M., Taxation
      • Capital University School of Law, J.D.
      • Pace University, B.A.

    Bar Admissions

      • Florida

    Court Admissions

      • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
      • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
      • United States Tax Court

Perspectives

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Bio

Steven Vogel brings 20 years of experience and a track record of success to his practice focused on accountants and accounting firms. He has extensive experience defending accountants, as well as lawyers, real estate agents, and other professionals facing claims of professional malpractice in actions in the Florida State and Federal Courts. Steve prevails in complex litigation and achieves highly favorable results for his clients. Steve protects the reputations and livelihoods of licensed professionals and has defeated complex claims involving alleged negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, financial statement audit failures, conflicts of interests and other areas. In addition, Steve represents licensed professionals before State Licensing Boards and other Governmental agencies including the Florida Bar, the SEC and Department of Justice.

Steve is an AV-Rated Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible for ethical and technical competence.

Steve is a past Chair and former member of the Florida Board of Accountancy. He was first appointed to this state-wide leadership (and public official) position by Florida Governor Rick Scott in 2011 and reappointed in 2015. Each Board of Accountancy appointment requires confirmation by the Florida Senate and each appointment is for a four-year term. This nine-member Board is responsible for the regulation and governance of the accounting profession in Florida. In addition to his service as Chair of the Board in 2015, Steve also served as Chair and member of the Board’s Probable Cause Panel.

Steve is also a former member of the American Institute of CPA’s Auditing Standards Board (“ASB”). The ASB is the senior technical committee of the AICPA, which has the authority to issue auditing, attestation and quality control standards applicable to the performance and issuance of audit and attestation reports for non-public companies. Of the ASB’s 19 members, Steve held the one seat customarily reserved for an attorney whose practice involves matters of interest to auditors in public practice. Steve served as a member of this Board for three years (2010-2012). During his service, the ASB was in the midst of the Clarity Project which was finalized and became effective in 2012.

Steve’s multi-disciplinary background of accounting and law as well as his role as Standard Setter and Regulator in the State of Florida provide him with an in-depth knowledge of the various laws and standards that impact businesses. This includes accounting and auditing standards that govern the accounting profession and that accountants are obligated to uphold.

Steve’s fluency in these special areas provides him with the ability to effectively communicate accounting and auditing principles to judges and juries as well as translating the law for his clients. Steve serves as Florida counsel for a number of the largest CPA firms in the country and has been involved in a number of high-profile Ponzi scheme cases in the State of Florida and other jurisdictions including Bernard Madoff, Tom Petters and others.

Steve has written and lectured extensively on the topic of professional liability as well as risk management, ethics and electronic stored information.

He is a former adjunct professor at the University of Miami where he taught business law at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Steve also previously taught at Florida International University in the areas of business law, real estate tax, and current tax issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Prior to joining Becker, Steve was a Partner in the Miami office of a Chicago based AmLaw 100 law firm and prior to that he served as the head of the accountants’ professional liability practice in the Miami office of a New York based Am Law 100 international law firm. Steve’s past experience includes his service as a member of the Multi-National Corporate Tax Group at Price Waterhouse and the Audit Department for Ernst & Young in the New York City offices.

 

EXPERIENCE

  • Successfully represented a large CPA firm in a professional malpractice case with alleged damages in excess of $5 million dollars involving a fraud perpetrated on a third party.
  • Member of a defense team that successfully represented a trustee of a $100-million-dollar family trust that was invested with Bernard Madoff where it was alleged the trust suffered a total loss.
  • Successfully represented a CPA firm in a high-profile Ponzi Scheme case where the client was sued for malpractice related to a purported failed financial statement audit.
  • Member of a defense team that successfully defended a CPA, through a four-week trial, in an audit-failure case with alleged damages in excess of $10 million dollars prosecuted by a Receiver.
  • Successfully represented a large law firm against allegations of professional negligence in connection with their client’s SEC Registration Statement filing and alleged damages in excess of $20 million dollars.

RECOGNITION

  • AV-Rated Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible for ethical and technical competence

PROFESSIONAL / COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Florida Board of Accountancy
    • Chair (2015)
    • Vice Chair (2014)
    • Member, appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott and Confirmed by the Florida State Senate (2011 – present)
    • Probable Cause Panel, Chair (2014)
    • Probable Cause Panel, Member
    • Legislative Affairs and Budge Committees, Member
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee “11C” in Miami-Dade County
    • Chair (2014)
    • Member (2012 – present)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member Auditing Standards Board (2009 – 2012)
  • National State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Board Effectiveness and Legislative Affairs Committee, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Real Property Committee (2009)
  • University of Miami College of Business Administration, Instructor, (2012-2018(
  • Florida International University, Instructor, (2001-2009)
  • University of Miami School of Law (Real Estate LL.M. Program), Adjunct Instructor, (2000-2005)
  • Miami Dade Community College, Adjunct Professor, (1998-2001)