Henderson Hill joined the firm in 1996 following a 15-year career in criminal defense and in the teaching of trial advocacy, first in Washington, D.C., and, since 1991, in North Carolina. Henderson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lehman College, City University of New York. He obtained his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and completed the course requirements for the Masters in Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government in 1981. Henderson is a member of the bar in North Carolina and District of Columbia.
Following law school, Henderson served as a trial lawyer, deputy chief of the appellate division, and training chief of the 50-plus lawyer office of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. In 1991, Henderson became the director of the North Carolina Resource Center, a 3-employee state agency that provided litigation support for death penalty trials throughout the state, and which served as the state's federal capital post conviction defender organization. In 1995, after the Resource Center (then staffed with 9 employees) was defunded by the state and federal governments, Henderson opened the Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL), a non-profit trial and post conviction support office for capital litigators. Henderson now serves on the Board of Directors of CDPL, which now has a staff of more than 20 lawyers.
Since joining the law firm, Henderson has concentrated on general civil litigation, medical negligence, civil rights litigation, and criminal defense. Henderson has continued to litigate death penalty cases at trial and in post conviction, as well.
Henderson is considered one of the finest trial attorneys in the country, and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and by his peers as a Super Lawyer.