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As a former Vice President and Chief Counsel with AOL and Chief Counsel for CompuServe, I developed a deep knowledge in how to provide legal solutions for digital, wireless and Internet businesses. I’m passionate about finding legal solutions that allow my clients to stay nimble and responsive. My focus has turned to digital health care technologies.


“Best Lawyers in America, Information Technology Law, 2013 to 2016” by Best Lawyers LLC, “2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Technology,” The American Lawyer,” “Top Lawyers,” Columbus CEO Magazine, 2008 to 2015, “AV Preeminent Lawyer” rating for five years by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Dengler also won an EMMY in TV Executive News Producing from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Kent State University Alumni Association awarded Mr. Dengler its “Special Achievement Award” in 2003.

Professional Background

  • Founder of Dengler Legal, 2013
  • Adjunct Faculty, Music and Entertainment Law, Otterbein University, 2004 to 2010, 2015 to present.
  • Former Adjunct instructor in digital sciences, media law, advertising law, and media ethics at Kent State University. He created new programs in digital media management and business law for digital sciences, 2011 to 2015.
  • Former Chief Counsel and Vice President of AOL LCC, where he served during his career at AOL’s headquarters in New York City and its campuses in Dulles, Virginia and Columbus, Ohio. During his career at AOL, Mr. Dengler managed the legal department of AOL’s subsidiary, CompuServe Interactive Services, and also served during his tenure in the legal department’s government affairs, copyright, trademark, regulatory compliance, international, and transactions groups. His experience ranged from pursuing passage of electronic transactions laws, the sale of a company division, affiliated marketing agreements, licensing and syndicating content, technology agreements and supervision of litigation.
  • Former partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, Columbus, Ohio and Washington, DC.
  • Former partner, Arter & Hadden, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Former associate, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, Collumbus, Ohio.

Prior to law school, Mr. Dengler was an EMMY winning television news reporter and producer at WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee and WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio. He also served as a correspondent for the Cleveland Plain Dealer for the State Desk.

Government Affairs

The Virginia General Assembly appointed Mr. Dengler to serve on its Technology Advisory Commission (1999-2001), where he was instrumental in helping formulate and promote passage of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act and the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act in 2000. He also testified before the Federal Trade Commission in 2000 on electronic contracting. Mr. Dengler also pursued passage of electronic transactions acts in Maryland and Ohio, and anti-spam legislation in Ohio. Mr. Dengler is a member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates and a contributing editor of its Web site, and a board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association.


  • Juris Doctorate, Summa Cum Laude, Capital University, 1985. Awarded Order of the Curia. Mr. Dengler served as Symposium Editor for Law Review and won the “Best Oralist” at the University’s moot court competition in 1982.
  • Bachelors of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Kent State University, 1976, majoring in Journalism and Economics. Former anchor of KSU’s TV-2, which covered Portage County on Kent-Ravenna cable television.
  • Professional Certificate in Marketing Management, Cornell University, 2011.
  • Certificate of Accomplishment, “Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The 1st Step in Entrepreneurship,” University of Maryland (on Coursera)(2013).
  • Technology Entrepreneurship, Standford Online, via Venture-Labs (2013).
  • 15 hours in physics from Otterbein University.


  • Commencement Speaker, Kent State University, 2003.
  • Mr. Dengler has made numerous presentations on intellectual property, digital technology and digital media before the Ohio Bar Association, the American Bar Association (1996), the New York Bar Association Annual Meeting (1997), and the Practising Law Institute (“The UCITA Revolution: The New E-Commerce Model for Software and Database Licensing 2000”).

Other Activities

Mr. Dengler is a former board of trustee member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Westerville Symphony Orchestra, and the New Albany Symphony. Mr. Dengler helped incorporate the former Upper Arlington Community Orchestra and the New Albany Symphony. Mr. Dengler serves on the Professional Advisory Board for Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Mr. Dengler plays double bass for his church’s chamber orchestra and at local community orchestras.


Co-Author of: Stuckey, et al., Internet and Online Law, Law Journal Press (1998); Lundberg, et al., Electronic and Software Patents, BNA (1995); Zisman, et al., Bank and Thrift Regulations, Matthew-Bender (1988).