Jeffrey L. Vagle is an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Mr. Vagle concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on privacy, security, data protection, Internet law and other cyberlaw-related matters.
Mr. Vagle combines his legal experience in these areas with over 17 years of software research and development experience in the information security and defense industries, where his work included efficient implementations of cryptographic algorithms and security in distributed, ad-hoc networks. He also is a contributor to multiple free and open source software (FOSS) projects, including the Linux Kernel (PPC platform) and GnuPG, and has extensive experience in open source integration and licensing.
Mr. Vagle’s representative engagements include:
Mr. Vagle writes and speaks regularly on privacy, data security, and other cyberlaw-related topics, and his articles have appeared in publications including the Future of Privacy Foundation / Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society Proceedings, The HR Specialist, and Law 360. He also has been interviewed for cyberlaw-related articles in The Wall Street Journal and CSO. Mr. Vagle is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and currently chairs its Cyberspace & E-Commerce Committee. He is an active member of the American Bar Association Privacy and Information Security Committee, and is a regular contributor to the Committee’s blog, The Secure Times. He also is a member of the American Bar Association Cyberspace Law Committee of the Business Law Section, and currently serves as a member of the Cybercrime Working Group.
- currently representing a manufacturer and reseller of electronic home automation technologies in response to an FTC privacy investigation
- currently representing a major healthcare informatics and software company against claims of breach of contract, improper procurement of information and unfair competition
- currently representing a software company in its claims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and breach of contract against competitors for alleged copying and modification of its innovative electronic locker system
- currently representing a leading high-volume financial transaction software company in its claims of copyright infringement and breach of contract for alleged copying of its proprietary software system
- successfully defended a major provider of security services in putative class action alleging violations of the CAN-SPAM Act
- obtained summary judgment on federal preemption grounds for a national bank charged with violating state unfair and deceptive trade practices acts.
Mr. Vagle’s speaking engagements include “Has Katz Become Quaint? Use of Big Data to Outflank the Fourth Amendment,” Future of Privacy Forum/Stanford CIS Big Data & Privacy Workshop Proceedings (September 2013).
Before joining Pepper, Mr. Vagle was a software engineer in the information security and defense industries. Mr. Vagle also served as an infantry rifleman in the U.S. Marine Corps and as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army National Guard.
Mr. Vagle is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.