Deborah Winokur


Deborah will be speaking at an upcoming event:

Witness Ethics: Avoiding the Minefields

Webinar 12/14/2022

Deborah Winokur will speak on the panel “Witness Ethics: Avoiding the Minefields” for the American Bar Association Litigation Section.

Event Details 

Deborah advises clients on risk management, ethics, and professional responsibility issues arising within their law firms and practices. Deborah also works with stakeholders within the firm to advise on ethical aspects of pending matters and to assure adherence to ethical standards and compliance with firm policies. In addition, she advises firm management on lateral recruitment and integration. 


Deborah handles pro bono representations, including representing clients through the Support Center for Child Advocates, Defender Association of Philadelphia, Campaign for Working Families Tax Clinic, Volunteers for the Indigent Program and Homeless Advocacy Project. She is a lecturer in law and teaches a course in Professional Responsibility and Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. 


Deborah earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Columbia University School of Law.


Deborah Winokur Elected To The Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates

November 04, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Deborah Winokur has been elected to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates. Deborah will be a delegate in Zone One, and her term will start immediately.

Pa. Bar Groups Ask 3rd Circ. To Support Atty Anti-Bias Rule

September 20, 2022

Thomas Wilkinson, Daniel Harrington, and Deborah Winokur, representing the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Allegheny County Bar Associations, were quoted in a Law360 Article.


Supreme Court Set to Review Attorney-Client Privilege in “Dual-Purpose Communications” [Lexology]

December 05, 2022

Thomas Wilkinson and Deborah Winokur co-authored an article for Lexology covering a circuit split the U.S. Supreme Court will address concerning the proper test federal courts should apply when assessing whether the attorney-client privilege protects communications that serve a “dual purpose.”

Attorneys Should Note Judges’ Financial Conflicts of Interest [Law360]

August 16, 2022

Deborah Winokur authored an article about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently vacating a $2.75 billion patent infringement judgment.

What is Going on With SCOTUS and Arbitration? – They Love FAA, They Love It Not [Lawyers Representing Lawyers Blog]

July 25, 2022

Lawyers who assume that the arbitration provisions within their carefully drafted agreements will be enforced may have to re-examine these assumptions. Within the space of less than one month, the Justices waded into three civil matters that dealt with the constant re-arrangement of the deck chairs...

Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? Holding Shares in Corporate Conglomerates Can End Up a “Conflict Nightmare” for Federal Judges [Alert]

July 20, 2022

Federal Judiciary members are voicing their concerns over problematic reporting requirements under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 7.1.

Be Solicitous of New ABA Ethics Guidance on Solicitation [Lawyers Representing Lawyers Blog]

May 16, 2022

In mid-April, the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 501 clarifying the meaning of “solicitation” within the Rules of Professional Conduct. More specifically, the new opinion addressed the interplay of the general prohibition against in-person...

The Delaney Decision – The NJ Advisory Committee’s Redux [Lawyers Representing Lawyers Blog]

March 24, 2022

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently issued its ruling and opinion in the closely watched case of Delaney v. Trent S. Dickey and Sills Cummins & Gross, P.C. (Dec. 21, 2020)(“Sills”), relating to enforcement of a mandatory arbitration agreement in the Sills engagement letter. The Court...

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month: Spotlighting Our Hispanic Federal Jurists

October 20, 2021

Deborah Winokur co-authored an article for the Fall 2021 issue of Houston's Legacy newsletter of the PBA Minority Bar Committee.

Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Working Remotely

September 25, 2020

Deborah Winokur co-authored an article in the PLI Chronicle discussing how now is a good time to re-visit your approach to remote working and making sure you are practicing good hygiene with respect to these issues: confidentiality, competence and communication.

Ethical Issues with Remote Work During COVID-19 [Alert]

March 30, 2020

Bill Gericke and Deb Winokur discuss lawyers and law firm's ethical obligations when working remotely and outsourcing work.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Witness Ethics: Avoiding the Minefields

December 14, 2022 - Webinar

Deborah Winokur will speak on the panel “Witness Ethics: Avoiding the Minefields” for the American Bar Association Litigation Section.

Past Events

Professional Liability Program

November 05, 2022 - Hershey, PA

A Living, Breathing First Amendment?

August 05, 2022 - Chicago, IL

Developments in the Unauthorized Practice of Law

June 25, 2022 - Philadelphia, PA

Corporate Counsel Ethics Update

May 12, 2021 - Webinar


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude, 1995

Awards & Honors

Philly Friendship Circle, Adult Volunteer of the Year, 2022

  • Pennsylvania

American Bar Association Section of Litigation Ethics and Professionalism Committee

(Member; Programming Committee Chair 2022) 

Co-chair, Professional Responsibility Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association Professional Guidance Committee

Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Pennsylvania Bar Association Civility in the Professional Committee

Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates (Voting)

Pennsylvania Bar Association Professional Liability Committee

Pennsylvania Bar Association Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee

Pennsylvania Bar Association Women in the Profession Committee 

(Legislative Committee; Promotion of Women Subcommittee)