Ira T. Wender

Title: Lawyer
Location: New York, New York, United States

Ira T. Wender, Lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.

Mr. Wender became involved in his profession because he took a political theory seminar in law in 1945. It was the first time he ever became interested, so he discussed it with his professor and his professor suggested that he would really like law school. Mr. Wender began his higher education at Swarthmore College, where he took classes from 1942 to 1945. He then went on to the University of Chicago earning a JD in 1948. To further his education, Mr. Wender went to New York University and received an LLM in 1951.

The highlight of Mr. Wender’s career was not so much in his profession, but what his parents instilled in him. His father was a doctor and his mother was a social worker. They started a program and financed it for men and women to study software. His parents wanted him to be a doctor but he was more interested in people, economics and political science, which was why he chose to be a lawyer. He always thought that one ought to be engaged in doing things that helped society.

Mr. Wender began his professional career in 1950 as an attorney at Lord, Day and Lord until 1952 and then again from 1954 to 1959. In the in-between years from 1952 to 1954, he was an assistant director of the International Program in Tax at the Harvard University Law School. In 1959, he became a partner at Baker and McKenzie in Chicago and in 1961, he was moved to New York to become the founding partner of their New York office. Mr. Wender left the company in 1971 but returned in 1982 as an attorney until 1986. He then became a senior partner of Wender, Murase & White from 1971 to 1982, before moving on to Sussex Securities, Inc. in 1983, where he was a chairman and CEO until 1985. In 1986, he joined Belknap, Webb & Tyler as an attorney and moved up to partner in 1988. In 1994, Mr. Wender moved on to become an attorney of a private practice until 1996.

Helping others extended beyond Mr. Wender’s professional career, in his spare time he became a director and treasurer for the Fountain House, where he has held those positions since 1998. He has also been the director of the America Near East Refuge Aid in Washington D.C., a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the vice-chair of the Putnet School Board in 2004, and the president of the Millan House IMC in 2007. As a testament to his success, Mr. Wender has been inducted as a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Furthermore, he has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who In Finance and Business, Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.

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