Katherine J. Henry

Katherine J. Henry

Partner

Expertise

  • Litigation

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
D.C., U.S.A.

WSG Leadership

Automotive Group
Member
Insurance/Re-Insurance Group
Member
Women's Professional Forum Group
Member
WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group
Member
Profile

Katherine Henry is the Chair of the Policyholder Insurance Coverage team. Katherine’s practice focuses on meeting clients’ business objectives in matters involving insurance. She regularly advises Fortune 10 and other companies on complex insurance programs involving manuscript and specialty policies, including programs with multi-national coverage towers of $500 million to $1 billion, and programs incorporating various risk transfer and financing mechanisms, such as fronting programs, paid deductible programs, and collateral agreements. Her practice spans all aspects of policyholder insurance coverage, from initial policy placement and renewals to claims management and litigation, both in the United States and abroad. Her past and present policyholder clients include two of the world's largest automakers, the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, an auto insurance company, a vacuum cleaner manufacturer, a quasi-governmental defined benefit plan, numerous healthcare-related entities, a private-equity investment firm, various banks and financial institutions, and a national trade association for the gases and welding industry.

Katherine has handled insurance matters involving virtually every type of property and casualty insurance policy available in the market today, including agricultural and crop insurance, commercial auto (including UM, UIM, and PIP), commercial general liability, crime, cyber, directors and officers and entity liability (for both public and private companies), errors and omissions and professional liability (including Owners Protective Professional Indemnity (OPPI)), employment practices liability, fidelity bonds, fiduciary liability, flood, inland marine, pollution and environmental, products liability, property (including BI and CBI), title insurance, workers’ compensation, and wrap‑up insurance programs (OCIPs and CCIPs). Disputed matters include civil litigation in state and federal courts at all levels (including bankruptcy courts) arbitration, mediation, and regulatory proceedings before state insurance commissioners.

In addition to disputed matters, Katherine advises clients on insurance procurement and renewal, including terms and conditions for standard-form and manuscript insurance policies of all types. She also advises clients on claims submission and management, prospects for obtaining coverage of a disputed claim, transactional due diligence, recovering proceeds from insolvent insurers, and locating historic insurance policies.

Katherine also provides clients with strategic advice and solutions for complex legal disputes outside of the insurance coverage arena. Her experience includes formulating a litigation and negotiation strategy that led to the industry-wide settlement of claims brought by the entire payphone industry as well as crafting a nationwide insurance coverage strategy for welding distributors.

Katherine is an effective appellate advocate and has appeared before numerous federal and state appellate courts, including en banc panels, on a wide variety of matters.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • District of Columbia, 1992

Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland

Education

  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1989, University of Chicago Law Review, Associate Editor; Bradley Law and Government Program Fellow; Chair, Hinton Moot Court Board of Directors 1989, Hinton Moot Court Champion 1988; Thomas J. Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Brief Writing and Appellate Advocacy with Highest Distinction 1988
  • Oklahoma Baptist University, B.A., 1981, magna cum laude; National Leadership Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa
Areas of Practice

Appellate | Cybersecurity and Privacy | Government Enforcement and Investigations | Litigation

Blogs

It Pays to Be Covered
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 

Bradley's It Pays to Be Covered Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk...

Articles

Big Win for Restaurant Policyholders in COVID-19 Litigation in North Carolina
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

A North Carolina court has required Cincinnati Insurance Company to provide business interruption and extra expense coverage to 16 North Carolina restaurants that lost the use of and access to their properties due to COVID-19 civil authority orders (see North State Deli, LLC, et al. v. Cincinnati Insurance Co. et al.)...