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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Nebraska, 1978, Order of Barristers; Moot Court Board President
    • B.A., magna cum laude, Michigan State University, 1975, Honors College

Robert A. Henderson began his trial practice in 1978, representing industry, government, national not-for profits and individuals in cutting edge litigation.  He has represented major Fortune 500 companies in “bet-the-company” litigation, commercial litigation, complex multi-district and class action litigation, product liability, toxic tort and punitive damages lawsuits across the country.  Mr. Henderson has tried cases in such diverse venues as Los Angeles, California; Greenville, South Carolina; Madison County, Illinois; Baltimore, Maryland; Portland, Oregon; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and points in-between. 

Mr. Henderson has counseled clients on the mitigation of risk before, during and after litigation. His advisory relationships with clients in the areas of the protection of intellectual property, regulatory affairs, and risk management, combined with extensive jury trial and arbitration experience has set him apart from his peers.  His service to the Bar and reputation in legal circles is well-recognized. Judgment, absolute discretion and the ability to navigate clients through complex litigation, has been the hallmark of Mr. Henderson’s commitment to every client.

  • Successfully defended a Washington, D.C., nonprofit think tank in a unique shareholder dispute initiated by Charles and David Koch affecting control of the organization.
  • Successful trial result on behalf of City of Kansas City and Kansas City Downtown Streetcar Transportation District in a constitutional challenge to a $100 million construction project. Prevailed on appeal to Missouri Supreme Court.
  • Successful resolution of a multi-year action instituted by the Securities and Exchange Commission against the state of Kansas alleging that there was "inadequate" disclosure of unfunded pension liabilities in bond offerings in violation of Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933. 
  • Economic loss lawsuit brought by an electrical utility resulting from a forced outage of a power plant. Obtained jury verdict on behalf of client for economic loss after a two-week jury trial.
  • Successfully defended a declaratory judgment action in a jury trial over "ambiguous" financial terms of asset purchase agreement between the parties.
  • Borrowers sued a bank for withdrawing a multimillion dollar line of credit. After a three-week jury trial, client prevailed on a counterclaim. (Non-negotiable $13 million settlement demand made by plaintiffs prior to trial.)
  • The Liquidator of a Bermuda-based reinsurer sued Managing General Agent for breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and negligence arising out of damages resulting from placement of certificate of facultative reinsurance. After a two-week trial, jury found in favor of MGA. The case was successfully settled on appeal.
  • Business relationship with client was terminated, resulting in multimillion dollar claim for actual damages and for punitive damages. After the second day of jury trial, obtained confidential resolution on terms favorable to our client.