BBA Featured Member: Jenny Harris Henderson, Chair, Bankruptcy/Commercial Law Section
Jenny Harris Henderson
Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Where did you go to school?
Birmingham-Southern College, B.A.; University of Alabama School of Law, J.D.
How long have you been practicing law?
Almost 8 ½ years.
How have you been involved in the Birmingham Bar Association?
I joined the Birmingham Bar Association during my first year of private practice in Birmingham. Because my legal practice deals primarily with commercial bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, I also joined the Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section. In addition to the Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section, I am a member of the Young Lawyers Section and the Women Lawyers Section.
Since 2009, I have served on the Executive Board of the Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section in various capacities, including Treasurer, Chair Elect and now Chair. I’ve really enjoyed watching the Section grow, and undertake and meet new goals each year. The members of the Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section are an amazing group of attorneys, and it’s such a pleasure to work and socialize with such a professional, courteous, and close-knit bar.
What do you like most about the Birmingham Bar Association?
I think what I like most about the Birmingham Bar Association is its commitment to philanthropy and serving our community. For instance, each year the Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section selects one or more charities that it will sponsor that year. For each of the past two years, the Section has held a charity event and auction to benefit the Prescott House Children’s Advocacy Center and the Brother Bryan Mission, both local, Birmingham charities. It’s extremely rewarding to see how our fundraising efforts really make a difference for these groups and enable them to better serve the Birmingham community.
I also am very impressed by the Birmingham Bar Association’s commitment to diversity and equality, which are essential to our relationships with one another, our clients, and our community as a whole.
What is the most rewarding experience in your practice of law?
In my practice, I deal primarily with distressed companies. In these difficult financial times, whether I’m representing a creditor or debtor, it’s very rewarding to find a resolution that enables the company to keep its doors open and to retain its employees.
What makes you proud to be a lawyer?
I’m always impressed with how civic-minded lawyers are as a group. Although we work very hard at our jobs, so many lawyers go above and beyond to meet community needs and serve the public. As I see how law firms and bar associations, particularly in Birmingham, encourage and facilitate these efforts, I’m proud to be a lawyer and proud to practice here in Birmingham.
What advice would you give a new lawyer just beginning practice?
Work hard and be responsive to your clients, respectful to your support staff, and courteous to other professionals.
Any information you would like to include about your family, hobbies, etc.
There’s no denying that being a lawyer is a very stressful job, and I would not be able to do what I do every day without the love and unending support of my husband, Nick Henderson. He’s my best friend and truly one of the nicest people that I know.
I’m constantly reading, but most of what I read would not be considered literary. I have a real soft spot for young adult novels, particularly those set in dystopian societies or having anything to do with magic. I also love animals. My lab and cat definitely rule our household.