In Pursuit of Justice

ABOUT WINOCOUR LAW

Representing Texas’ injured, disenfranchised, and oppressed for 130 years.

Jonathan Winocour and Mike Miller share a common heritage of fighting for personal injury victims that began in the last decade of the nineteenth century.

In 1889, Jonathan’s great-grandfather, a twenty one year old East Texan, stepped away from his mule and his plow in Harleton, deep in Harrison County. He “read law” and was admitted to the bar. He established a practice in the county seat of Marshall, then a thriving railroad town that had just eclipsed the riverport city of Jefferson in Marion County to the northeast in the competition to transport freight to and from the expanding west.

During his career, S.P. Jones argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of an injured railroad worker, persuading the Court workers injured on the railroad could recover damages under the Federal Employees Liability Act, even if the injury occurred while the workers were engaged in intrastate commerce, so long as the road served interstate commerce. Texas & Pacific Ry. Co. v. Rigsby, 241 U.S. 33 (1916).

In 1949 his son, Jonathan’s maternal grandfather, William Franklin Jones, was one of the founding directors of the Plaintiff’s Attorneys Association of Texas, (later the Texas Association of Claimants Attorneys, today the Texas Trial Lawyers Association), which lobbies at the state level to protect the interests of those injured by the negligence of corporate and individual actors.

At its founding, the Association was clear:

The purpose of this organization shall be the advancement of the cause of those who are damaged in person and property and who must seek redress therefor at law; to resist the constant efforts that are now being made to curtail the rights of such persons; to encourage cooperation between lawyers engaged in the furtherance of such objectives; and through such cooperation to promote justice and human welfare.

Franklin was so committed to the rights of the injured, and more generally to the cause of justice, that he was held in contempt and jailed in 1960 for mentioning insurance during a closing argument. Ex Parte Franklin Jones, Sr. 331 S.W.2d 202 (Tex. 1960). The insurance defense lawyer had opened the door by asking the jury in his argument not to deprive his client of his own money by compensating the plaintiff, even though the defendant was insured.

In 1987, Jonathan’s uncle, Franklin Jones, Jr. was elected President of the State Bar of Texas. Mike Miller joined Jones, Jones and Baldwin, Inc. in 1988. Mentored by the firm, Mike developed expertise in prosecuting Federal Employee Liability Act (FELA) cases against the railroad.

Mike and Jonathan have a need to seek justice bred back four generations.

They came up in an often overlooked Texas tradition aligned against the cruelty of carelessness and corporate malfeasance.

Over their careers, they have developed expertise and experience in Personal Injury law, including Severe Bodily Injury, Catastrophic Loss, and Survival Actions & Wrongful Death, Federal Civil Rights law, Commercial Litigation, Misdemeanor and Felony Defense, and Employment & Benefits law.

They have fully focused their practice to honor a longstanding commitment to protect and advance the rights of injured, displaced, poor, and unfairly treated Texans.

About Jonathan Winocour

After obtaining his undergraduate degree at the University of York in England, Jonathan graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman Law in 2002. He made the Dean’s List, served as a tutor in the Academic Skills Assistance Program, and acted as an apprentice attorney at the Criminal Justice Clinic.

During law school, Jonathan clerked with Sylvia Demarest, and after his licensure, Jonathan worked with Craig Smith, now judge of the 192nd District Court in Dallas County.

Jonathan is a talented personal injury attorney in Texas, never intimidated by his adversaries. He is persistent and disciplined, always maintaining a focused eye on his clients’ goals.

He has tried numerous cases to verdict in Texas, and settled many more. He takes a no nonsense approach to litigation and urges the lawyers he works with to do the same.

Jonathan is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the College of the State Bar of Texas, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, and the National Trial Lawyers Association.

 

 

About Mike Miller

Since graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1984, Mike Miller has made it his mission to provide exceptional legal services to his local and out-of-state clients.

Mr. Miller focuses his practice on personal injury, commercial litigation, defective and dangerous products, admiralty and maritime and intellectual property.

For more than 35 years as a personal injury lawyer in Dallas Mr. Miller has assisted clients involved in high-stakes litigation, often resulting in unprecedented victories.

Mr. Miller assists Winocour Law as local counsel in state courts throughout eastern Texas, including in complex cases such as patent litigation. His legal advocacy is well-known with his opponents declaring him to be a formidable opponent.

Mr. Miller is a well-respected member of the legal community and has received several honors, including being listed in the Million Dollar Trial Lawyers.

He is an active member of the State Bar of Texas, East Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates and the Harrison County Bar Association. He is board-certified in personal injury law.

SERVICE IS OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our philosophy is grounded in the notion that justice is truth in action. We serve our clients by maintaining that perspective at all times, allowing it to inform our approach to every stage of a case’s development. 

PRINCIPLED TO THE CORE

Ethical client advocacy isn’t just a principle at Winocour Law, it’s THE principle. We formulate legal strategies designed to deliver maximum compensation to our clients, and we take the high road. Every. Single. Time.

SUCCESS AS PROCESS

Our conception of success is not simply a result. For us, success is repeated application of our core principles: integrity, zealous advocacy, and rigorous ethics. We don’t just approach every case with this outlook, we approach every day with this outlook.

Contingent, Hourly, & Fixed Fee Representation

We offer various payment arrangements for our clients. In most cases we work on a contingent fee basis, meaning our clients pay nothing unless we are able to recover compensation for them. At the end of representation, we recover our fees, as well as our costs and expenses, from the total settlement or judgment. We are also willing to work on hybrid payment arrangements, frequently in the commercial tort context, where our clients pay a reduced hourly rate, or a fixed fee, or agree to cover expenses and costs as they are incurred, and we take a reduced percentage interest in the final recovery. We are also willing to work on an hourly basis, or on a fixed fee basis in certain circumstances. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Your Fees?

We take on contingent matters without any fee payable in advance; we will only charge you if we recover money for you. We will advance all necessary costs associated with your case, from filing fees to expert retainers.
Non-contingent matters are billed at negotiable hourly rates, with negotiable initial retainers. We are also willing to enter into hybrid fee agreements if your case merits it.
We are transparent and accountable with our billing practices, and you will never wonder where your money is being spent, or where your recovery went.

Can You Help With Medical Expenses?

Yes, in personal injury cases where we take a contingent fee interest, we can advance medical treatment costs, and even some living expenses.

What About Your Past Results?

While past performance in other cases is no indication of the likelihood of success in your case, we have succeeded in recovering millions of dollars for our clients. Whether their cases involved personal injury, wrongful death, catastrophic loss, fraudulent inducement, or breach of contract.

What Areas of Law Do You Specialize In?

We’re trial lawyers; that means we prepare cases as though they will be argued to a jury.
While the vast majority of the cases we try are personal injury and catastrophic loss cases, we also try cases that involve business disputes, contractual disputes, allegations of criminality, and fraud, to name a few.

How Much Does It Cost?

We may be willing to take your case on a contingent fee basis: this means you won’t pay anything unless we recover money for you.
Our hourly rates are negotiable, and we are willing to enter into hybrid contractual arrangements (where a portion of the fee is recovered after the conclusion of litigation, assuming we are successful, and a reduced hourly rate is charged during litigation).

Contact Us Now!

Delay can be fatal to your case. Without prompt action, important evidence may be lost or destroyed, stories may change. Get in touch before it’s too late!