“My grandmother was a secretary at the Missouri Supreme Court,” says Lynn Ann Vogel. “I became an attorney to make her proud. Judge Robert Donnelly, the judge she worked for, swore me in. She held the Bible.”
Vogel came to St. Louis, after earning her JD from Mississippi College School of Law, to work with the Missouri Highway Department. “I wanted to learn to litigate,” she says. “I was in the courtroom immediately, and I fell in love with the courtroom.” She obtained 15 jury verdicts during her three years with the Department.
Today, Vogel is a real estate and business attorney specializing in arbitration, mediation and commercial litigation. She is also a partner and co-founding member of the Vogel Law Office, which she manages with her husband, Paul. The firm began in 2005, and Paul came to the firm full time in 2021.
Known for her passion and energy in serving her colleagues and community, Vogel was president of The Missouri Bar for one year and is now president of The Missouri Bar Foundation.
In 2016, she was appointed to the Special Committee of Racial and Ethnic Fairness for the Supreme Court of Missouri. She has served on the St. Louis Bar Foundation board for more than 20 years and is its liaison for the Freedom Suits Memorial. This monument, scheduled to be unveiled in the summer of 2022, memorializes the 57 years that slaves fought for their freedom by suing their owners. More than 300 such lawsuits were filed, and more than 100 slaves won their freedom before St. Louis juries and judges prior to the Dred Scott decision in 1857.
One of her favorite moments as an attorney came in 2012 with the defeat of Amendment 3 and the maintaining of the Missouri Court plan. “We had to work together as a team in a grassroots campaign,” Vogel says. “It was defeated with 75 percent against, the largest margin ever. I was proud that we didn’t let politics come into our courtrooms.”
A civic and community leader, Vogel serves on numerous nonprofit boards. One of her favorites is the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis. “Our internship program helps get youth into law firms to see what a law career is like,” she says. “Hopefully, this will help drive more diversity in the practice of law.”
Vogel loves to dance, and dancing has been part of her volunteer work. She chaired the Justice for All Ball, a benefit for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, for two years. She was a volunteer dancer for Independence Center’s “Dancing with the St. Louis Stars 2020.”
Her biggest accomplishment is raising four children — who are now young adults — while continuing her career and giving them an example to follow.
“I thank all the judges and mentors with whom I have tried cases,” Vogel says. “They really helped develop my career. All the contacts I made through litigating allowed me to do all the volunteer work I do today in our community.”