Robin A. Henry
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Areas of Practice
New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1988; Order of the Coif; Editor, NYU Law Review
Smith College, B.A., cum laude, Biology and Economics, 1985
Hon. Charles S. Haight, Jr., United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1988-1990
New York, Colorado, and District of Columbia
United States Courts of Appeals: Second and Third Circuits
United States District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Robin Henry joined the firm shortly after its founding in 1997. Her practice emphasizes complex commercial matters, including litigation at the trial and appellate levels as well as advisory work involving securities, bankruptcy, derivatives and other esoteric financial instruments, as well as issues of auditing and accounting. Ms. Henry currently represents a wide variety of corporate and hedge fund clients in matters involving structured products or arising from the credit crisis and has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America in both Commercial Litigation and Securities Law.
Representative prior engagements include the following:
Ms. Henry led the firm's representation of a liquidating hedge fund in connection with litigation against its dealer-counterparties. The fund's liquidation followed the collapse of the Russian Ruble in August 1998. Ms. Henry obtained the first published opinion in the United States interpreting key provisions of the ISDA Master Agreement. As a result of the firm's work, the creditors of the fund received a total recovery of 74% of their admitted claims.
Ms. Henry led the firm's representation of a leading toy company in its disputes with a toy inventor and achieved favorable rulings for the client in both the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Henry directed the firm's handling of litigation arising out of the debt default of Nicaragua, as well as actions arising from the restructuring of approximately $500 million in private Mexican debt.
Ms. Henry was the partner in charge of the firm's representation of Goldin Associates, L.L.C. in connection with its appointment as the Chapter 11 Examiner of Handy & Harman Refining Group, Inc. and also represented Bridge Information Systems, Inc. as special counsel in its Chapter 11 proceedings relating to potential disputes with Cantor Fitzgerald Securities Corporation and Market Data Corporation.
Ms. Henry directed the firm's representation of one of the Big Four accounting firms in connection with litigation concerning its audit work for a former client.
Prior to joining Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Ms. Henry was associated with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York. While there, her practice included securities cases, litigating under the RICO statute, and a number of cases arising out of bankruptcy or other insolvency proceedings. Ms. Henry served as the lead defense counsel to a technology company in bankruptcy whose insurance carriers sought to rescind the company's directors' and officers' liability coverage, the availability of which was central to the resolution of pending securities litigation and the confirmation of a plan of reorganization. After a successful bench trial in the federal district court and an argument in the Circuit Court, the case was settled favorably for Ms. Henry's client. Also while at Cleary, Ms. Henry represented Kidder Peabody in bankruptcy and class action litigation arising from the collapse of the Askin-managed hedge funds. The litigation involved, among other issues, complex questions surrounding the proper valuation of the funds' extensive portfolio of mortgage-backed securities. In addition, Ms. Henry represented the New York State Superintendent of Banks in connection with the collapse of BCCI.
Ms. Henry is Chair of the firm's Partnership and Diversity Committees and is a member of the firm's Recruiting Committee.
Selected Professional Awards and Associations
Recognized as one of the Top 150 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Plaintiff
Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty area of Securities Law (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011,2010, 2009, 2008) and Commercial Litigation (2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
Recognized as one of the Top Lawyers in the New York Metro area by Super Lawyers magazine (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)
Named to Lawdragon top 3,000 (2010)
Board of Directors, Big Apple Circus
Past Member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics
Litigating Financial Losses Under State Law: Defenses and Issues to Consider, Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions (May/June 2009).
Whose Fault Is It Anyway? Relative causation, the 51% rule, and other state law principles, New York Law Journal (October 6, 2008) http://www.bsfllp.com/news/in_the_news/000074
Derivative Securities In the Credit Crisis: Is all fair without market value?, New York Law Journal (July 7, 2008) http://www.bsfllp.com/news/in_the_news/000068
Discovering an Ace in the Hole, Legal Times Special Report: Commercial Litigation Exploring The New World (October 23, 1995) (co-authored with Jonathan Blackman)
Civil Liability of Financial Advisors in Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development Program, McCarhy Tetrault & Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (co-authored with Victor Leukow and Gary S. Greenstein; January 9, 1995)
Score One for the Creditors: Debt Equity Bargain Preserved, The Bankruptcy Strategist, Volume XIV, Number 9, July 1997 (co-authored with Thomas J. Moloney and Carmine Boccuzzi)
Investors Denied Second Chance to Challenge Trustee's Settlement, The Bankruptcy Strategist, Volume XIV, Number 11, September 1997 (co-authored with Thomas J. Moloney and Carmine Boccuzzi)
54 BSF Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers in 2013 Super Lawyers Magazine (2013 Super Lawyers)
The BSF Report: Spring 2013 (03.08.2013)
Sixteen BSF Attorneys Named 2010 New York Super Lawyers -- Metro Edition (2010 New York Super Lawyers -- Metro Edition)
Whose Fault Is It Anyway? (issue date 10/6/08)
BSF client, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, featured in Fortune magazine cover story (issue date 10/13/08)
Federal Class Action Suits Rises Because of Subprime Crisis (August 7, 2008)
Firm Report: July 2008 (07.28.2008)
Derivative Securities In the Credit Crisis (July 7, 2008)
Firm Report: July/August 2007 (Vol. 2, Issue II) (08.22.2007)
BSF Recovers over $270 Million for client HRO Hub Fund (August 16, 2007)