Henry brings more than 30 years of experience working as in-house counsel, outside counsel to Fortune 100 companies and counsel to numerous small and mid-sized businesses. He served as litigation attorney for the City of Overland Park and the City of Topeka and later served as Labor Attorney for Trans World Airlines. After a decade of partnership in large law firms, Henry formed his own law firm in 2002 to expand his work as a Mediator and Arbitrator and to focus on the needs of smaller businesses and to bring a greater level of personalized service to his clients.
Every business needs employment counsel for proactive, long range management in achieving their goals, profit expectations, and for the day-to-day human resources issues where significant risk can arise. Individuals caught in employment situations need experienced, legal advice to walk them through the maze of issues confronting them.
Any business with over five employees needs employment counsel as a regular part of its management team. Too often, businesses turn to corporate law firms that have to pass along large overhead costs, or businesses turn to firms that do not have the comprehensive or specialized experience needed in employment law. Worse, some businesses fail to obtain any legal advice for fear of the cost and hope to avoid any legal claims. Henry's firm fills that void in assuring that quality employment law experience is available and affordable.
Henry has provided Mediation and Arbitration services since 1994. He sat on several State and Federal court panels as the judiciary was struggling with the call for forms of dispute resolution as an alternative to the jury trial and as legislation was developing to move cases into a mediation system.
Henry developed one of the first 40-hour mediation training programs in the region and continues to provide training on a regular basis, having provided over 1,000 hours of mediation training to attorneys, judges and other professionals.
Henry has served as the Neutral in more than 1,000 complex cases involving many areas of the law. Further, he has served as an arbitrator in numerous cases involving commercial law, construction, securities, debtor-creditor, land use and employment.
I have provided over 2,000 hours of Continuing Legal Education through a number of Bar associations, law schools and professional education programs.
Currently, I am an Adjunct Professor at Baker University in its MSEd. and MBA programs teaching dispute resolution and business law and for Friends University teaching Business Ethics.
For six years, I served as an Adjunct Professor in Industrial Relations and Employment Law at the University of Missouri Kansas City in the Bloch School of Business.
I also served as co-chair of the Heartland Labor and Employment Law Institute for nine years. In 1994,
I co-developed the forty-hour mediation training program for court recognized mediator certification approved in at least eight different states. I continue to provide Civil Mediation Training courses on a regular basis.
In addition to numerous seminar papers, National publications include, Discipline and Discharge in Arbitration, ABA/BNA, 1998; The Physicians Survival Guide, American Medical Association, 1991; and, "Due Process and the Car," Kansas Bar Journal, Vol. 52:269, 1983. "Are Mediators Indoctrinated or Evolving," Mediate.com (2012); "Effective Use of Depositions in Mediation," Mediate.com (2012)
"Best of the Bar," Kansas City Business Journal, Henry is one of only 16 attorneys to have been selected from 2002 to present.
(Employment Litigation and Arbitration/Mediation).
"Super Lawyers of Kansas and Missouri," Law & Politics, KC Magazine, Anthem Publishing, Inc., 2005-06
"AV Rating," Martindale-Hubbell (1996)
"Who's Who in American Law" since 1990
"Outstanding Achievement Award," Heartland Labor and Employment Institute
Judicial Finalist, United States Magistrate Judge, USDC Kansas 2002
I received my law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1981 where I was admitted to "The Order of Barristers," served as Moot Court President and Vice President, and graduated with honors in advocacy.
I received my B.A. from Baylor University where I served in a number of positions on campus and was a member of Baylor's nationally ranked track team.