The Honorable Veronica E. Henry was first elected to Section ‘C’ of the Orleans Parish First City Court in November 2010. Her election to the bench followed a distinguished 26-year career practicing law in the City of New Orleans. She was re-elected, without opposition, in July 2016.
Judge Henry is a 1975 honors graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans and a 1978 Dean’s List graduate of the University of New Orleans, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.
Following college, Judge Henry worked in broadcasting and enjoyed a successful career working in radio and television with the CBS and NBC affiliates in New Orleans – – WWL radio and WWL-TV and WDSU-TV respectively. She worked as an on-air radio producer and moved to television public affairs programming, producing and on-air moderating.
In 1981, while continuing her broadcast career, Judge Henry attended the evening division of Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. In 1984, Judge Henry made the decision to devote herself full-time to her law studies and graduated from Loyola on August 31, 1984. Judge Henry was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in October 1984.
In January 1985, Judge Henry began her legal career working as an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Jones, Nabonne and Wilkerson where her practice centered on personal injury and insurance defense, medical malpractice and energy regulatory litigation. Under the tutelage of former United States District Judge Okla Jones, II, former Civil District Court Magistrate Walter “Jeff” Wilkerson, and attorney Ronald Nabonne, Judge Henry honed her skills as a successful attorney and litigator.
In 1987, Judge Henry was made a partner and the law firm became known as Wilkerson & Henry, LLC. Judge Henry is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, National Bar Association/Louisiana Judicial Council, Fourth and Fifth Circuit Judges Association, Fourth Circuit Judges Association, Louisiana City Judges Association, American Judges Association, National Association of Women Judges, A. P. Tureaud Inn of Court, Treasurer of the New Orleans Bar Inn of Court, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, and Association of Women Attorneys. Judge Henry is also a former hearing committee member of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.
Judge Henry has served as speaker in Continuing Legal Education seminars and volunteers her time with local schools.
Judge Henry is an Advisory Board Member of St. Mays Academy High School in New Orleans and is a member of The New Orleans Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.