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Jimmy Winokur's
Birth Family

Morris J. Winokur
Bart Winokur

Morris, Jimmy, Barton, Rosalie
on board the ms Maasdam ~1959

Mother: Rosalie Frankel Winokur Silverman (1912-2001)

 

 

 

 
   

July 1966

 

 

Rosalie, Jimmy & Barton

1951

1999

 

1945

 
 

2nd generation American,
roots in western Russia
President,
Temple Sinai Sisterhood, Philadelphia
Secretary,
National Ramah Commission

 


drawing by Craig Welch


 

 

 

 

 

2nd marriage to
Dr. William Silverman,
long-time family friend:  "Uncle Bill"

 
   

 
   

 

 
 
Father 9;
Morris J. Winokur, Esq.
(1912-67)
 
 

Morris, Barton & Jimmy


 

 

 


1967

       
 

Philadelphia Lawyer:
Specialties, business, transportation regulation, litigation
Founder & President, Temple Sinai, Philadelphia
Secretary, National Ramah Commission

Deceased, 1967 -  55 years old
(end of my first year of law school)

 

Barton, Morris & Jimmy

 

 
   

                                                    

1967                                               

 

 
 

My Dad's family came from Kremenchug in 1912, shortly before Morris' birth later that year. 

    
"
The Kremenchug Jews"

Referencing Kremenchug, my mom gave the feeling it was a village, "if there was such a place."  Kremenchug is in fact a city!

The Winokurs arrive at Ellis Island, USA from Kremenchug , Poltava, Ukraine in 1909, 3 years before Morris' birth:

Throughout this website,
thumbnail photos (bordered in
blue, like the
Ellis Island Manifest immediately below)
are linked full size pics .Just click!

 

The Manifest:


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Morris' Parents - My grandparents:
Louis and Anna Winokur

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Brother:                                                      

Barton J. Winokur        

   with Susan Winokur:

 

                       

 
 

   
the prom:

 

former Chair (thru 2010) ,, Dechert
  (formerly, Dechert Price & Rhoads), Philadelphia & worldwide

 

 

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former Chair, Board of Trustees, Brandeis University

 

    

 

                                                    
the negotiator, in the early '80s...

  

 

 

 

 
 
 

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Chambers USA,  notes that clients praise Mr. Winokur as "unusually wise and brilliant,"
"smart, articulate, creative," and "
a force of nature." He has also been described as
"extraordinarily smart and essential for solving difficult, complex problems"
and "one of the best negotiators you'll ever see."
 


                                   1986

Bart Winokur to step down as chairman and CEO of Dechert law firm,
(Phila. Inquirer, June 28, 2011) which includes the following:

At 71, Winokur, … still evinces the striving mind-set that has become the firm's brand. As chairman, he was deeply involved in running Dechert, yet he kept a full roster of client matters and billed clients for up to 900 hours of legal representation some years.

Winokur says he has been able to build a culture of high performance and self-betterment without the toxic downsides. But it is hard to last at Dechert without delivering top performance.

"The weak will not survive here," said one person familiar with Dechert's culture. "You can't walk through the door here without a $5 million book of business."

Whatever the firm's internal dynamics, there is a consensus in Philadelphia's legal world and beyond that Dechert's culture is reflective of Winokur. 

 He decided to focus on New York, after seeing lawyers from Manhattan swoop into Philadelphia and make off with the most interesting and lucrative legal work. 

"You would see the guys from New York coming to Philadelphia and skimming the cream  right off the top," he said, almost indignantly. "So you had a choice: You could pull up the drawbridge and build walls higher and set your guns and keep the outsiders out, or you could get on your horse and get some other guys with their white horses, drop the drawbridge, and meet the enemy where they are. Because that is a far better way to do it."

Winokur had modest beginnings. He grew up in West Oak Lane, the son of a Center City lawyer with a relatively small practice focusing first on personal-injury cases and then on corporate and transportation law.

He went to Central High School, and from there to Cornell and Harvard Law School. He joined Dechert in 1964, after being advised  he really should have applied to a  high-end Jewish law firm, because the firm where Winokur was interviewing would not hire Jews.

But Winokur, who lives on Philly's old Main Line, bridled at the idea of practicing law under any ethnic marquee, so common in Philadelphia at the time. He ultimately chose Dechert, he says, because it was ethnically diverse.

"I didn't want to be at a firm that necessarily had only Irish clientele or Jewish clientele," Winokur said. "Wolf Block, which was a great law firm, was primarily focused on the most elegant levels of the Jewish population, nothing wrong with that. [But] I knew that was not where I wanted to go."

With its Wall Street focus, Dechert prospered at an accelerated pace, but when the financial-services sector collapsed, the firm took a hit.

Profitability is up again. Undiminished  is its seeming faith in capital markets, that, in the minds of some at least, came close to driving the nation's economy into a ditch. 

"If the banks collapse, you are back to that movie, It's a Wonderful Life," What you saw in that movie was that when the bank failed, it wasn't just the bank, it was the entire town that suffered.  People try to separate the bank from the town, but you can't do that. It's nice to blame someone else for your problems, but you can't do that. The truth is, we are all tied into this together."

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negotiator and lead witness

Is Law Firm Paradigm Shift Ahead? Bring It On, Says Dechert Leader
(
ABA Journal, Apr 06, 2009) :
"Bart Winokur is a lawyer with a long reputation for being tough, even ruthless,
” the
Lawyer reports. Many legal consultants believe he is one of the
most effective managing partners in the United States.
These observers believe he is well-prepared to lead the firm after three rounds of lawyer and staff cuts.

Winokur said the legal market also saw fundamental changes
in three of the last four decades (he excluded the 1990s).
Such changes bring opportunities, in his view.
“They favor the nimble, the brave, the people who have courage and who embrace change,”