EARLY EDUCATION AND CAREER
Victor P. Henderson started his professional career as a certified public accountant. Upon graduation from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he spent two years in Philadelphia practicing as an auditor at what is now PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He earned his Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Henderson began his legal career in Chicago as a lawyer for Phelan Pope & John, then one of the leading trial law firms. While there, he practiced complex commercial litigation, products liability and pro bono criminal litigation.
Years later, Mr. Henderson would join Florida-based Holland & Knight, ultimately serving as the Executive Partner. He was the first black person in Chicago to lead an office with more than 100 lawyers. While at Holland & Knight, he continued to try civil and criminal cases in state and federal court in a wide variety of matters including: accounting malpractice, mortgage fraud, breach of contract and felony narcotics.
In 2011, Mr. Henderson established Henderson Parks, LLC, a trial law firm. The firm specializes in four areas: personal injury and medical malpractice, civil rights, commercial or business litigation as well as state and federal criminal defense, including white-collar crime. Since opening, Henderson Parks, LLC has been hired to represent—among others—the families of two men who allegedly committed suicide at the notorious Area Two Police Station on the South Side of Chicago; Cook County Commissioner William Beavers who is charged with federal tax fraud; and Illinois State Representative Derrick Smith, who has been charged by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald with accepting a bribe.
Mr. Henderson is recognized for serving as the lead attorney on high profile cases. Some of these cases include his representation of: former Public Defender Ed Burnette against former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, regarding the medical coverage for tens of thousands of patients; City Colleges of Chicago when it terminated three tenured professors; and the E-2 case, which involved the deaths of 21 night club patrons. The events surrounding these cases as well as Mr. Henderson’s role as the lead attorney was written about and featured in local newspaper articles and publications, including Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Henderson argues appeals in both state and federal court and has been regularly identified by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer.
Mr. Henderson is an active member in the bar and sits on the John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees. He has served as a past president or chairman of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, the Chicago Committee On Minorities In Large Law Firms and the 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association.
Mr. Henderson’s current and past appointments include: the Bi-Partisan Federal Judicial Commission as appointed by U. S. Senator Mark Kirk, the Illinois Community College Board as appointed by Governor Pat Quinn and the Justice Advisory Council as appointed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Mr. Henderson is also the former television host of Inside Justice, which aired on cable station WYCC and Unspoken, which aired on WCBS in Chicago. Both shows covered public affairs.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Mr. Henderson has received many honors and awards, which include: the Willert Pioneer Diversity Award from the Defense Research Institute; the Vanguard Award presented by Chicago Bar Association; the Justice Award from Kennedy-King Community College; the Ida B. Platt Award presented by the Cook County Bar Association; and the C.F. Stratford Award by former Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine.
Mr. Henderson is happily married with four children.