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Judge Henry served as a Superior Court Judge,
Los Angeles County, 1983-1992, serving the last three years in the
Family Law Department. She served as Municipal Court Judge, Los
Angeles County, 1982-1983 and Municipal Court Judge, San Bernardino
In private practice, Judge Henry worked on environmental
class action litigation with the law firm Wilke, Atkinson Boller
& Falls. She worked with the California Department of Transportation
in various capacities, from 1973-1979, including Trial Attorney,
handling personal injury, condemnation and design defect cases,
to Assistant District Director, Assistant to Deputy Director and
Chief Counsel for CALTRANS, handling matters throughout California.
She also served as Special Representative for the California Conservation
Corps. (courtesy of the Department of Transportation), 1976-1977.
EXPERIENCE AND SPECIALTIES
Judge Henry is currently active as an Arbitrator,
Mediator, and Private Judge, specializing in employment law, family
law, probate, business and commercial matters, elder care, personal
injury and products liability. She also serves as a special master
and referee. Judge Henry is available throughout California, Nevada,
As a Judge in the Family Law Department, she
heard divorce and custody matters and was noted for hearings in
difficult, non-traditional custody disputes, non-biological parents
rights, and related issues. She is recognized for developing and
implementing effective alternative solutions to traditional court
litigation for family proceedings and designing creative solutions
in child custody hearings.
Judge Henry has extensive experience mediating
and resolving employment law cases, including:
- Board of Fire Commissioners, Los Angeles:
Developed and implemented affirmative action programs and standards
for fair and equitable recruitment and advancement of minorities
and women. Developed grievance procedures between management and
- Sexual Discrimination: Resolved high profile
cases involving talent agency, major corporations, and local business
restaurants with issues concerning hostile work environment.
- Age Discrimination: Claims involving major
corporation and a mid-level manager.
- Gender and Race Discrimination: Created policy
to allow women to compete for fire fighter positions. Created
policies with police and fire departments for gender neutral environments.
- Created innovative programs in community
colleges to train people to develop skills for non-traditional
- Conducted hearings and neutral evaluations
in matters alleging constructive discharge, denial of promotion
and other benefits because of alleged racial bias.
- Race Discrimination: Country club sued for
national origin discrimination. EEOC was one of the parties. Radio
station sued by disc jockey.
- "Whistleblower" Claims: Termination
of a long-term employee claiming retaliation by major harbor company
for reporting alleged violation to federal government.
- Disability Claims: Mediator in claim involving
major book company and Center for Law and the Handicapped.
Also handled matters involving
religious discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND
Judge Henry is active in many
organizations, including: Speaker at American Bar Association convention
on family law issues and Alternative Dispute Resolution; Consultant
for Rutter Group "Alternative Dispute Resolution" California
Practice Guide; Member of Los Angeles County Bar Alternative Dispute
Resolution Section, Executive Committee and Employment Law Section;
Member of State Bar of California Family Law Custody Committee and
J.D., University of San Diego,
B.A., Political Science, California
State University of Northridge, 1969