Karen Federman Henry ’84
Division Chief, Office of the County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland
Karen Federman Henry is a Division Chief in the Office of the County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and received a juris doctor from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey, School of Law. During law school, she served on as a notes and comments editor on the Maryland Law Review. Court admissions include Maryland Court of Appeals; District of Columbia Court of Appeals; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for Maryland; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ms. Federman Henry started her legal career with an internship for the Honorable Rita C. Davidson on the Court of Appeals and a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Rosalyn B. Bell on the Court of Special Appeals. After two years of private practice with a small law firm, Ms. Federman Henry joined the Office of the County Attorney, where she has remained for the past 27 years. During that time, she has handled an array of issues that face local governments, including personnel and civil rights litigation, land use and zoning, public information requests, fair housing analysis, finance, tax, and procurement. The nature of her practice has covered multiple practice areas, including trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, transactional work, administrative hearings, legislative drafting, and preparing advisory opinions. For 10 years, Ms. Federman Henry served as the Principal Counsel for Appeals, handling and overseeing all appellate matters in the Office.
In addition to serving the County, Ms. Federman Henry has participated in organizations that cultivate civility and professionalism among members of the bar, including the Maryland State Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, Montgomery County Inn of Court, and Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. She served on the Court of Appeals Commission on Professionalism (the predecessor to the Maryland Professionalism Center) from 2004 to 2009. Ms. Federman Henry received the 2012 J. Joseph Curran Public Service Award from the Maryland Bar Foundation for serving the public good and furthering the goals of better government and societal standards.
Publications include articles for the Maryland State Bar Association Litigation Section The Maryland Litigator, (Change Is Good, But Don’t Let It Catch You By Surprise!—changes to Md. Rule 3-306. February 2012; and Trust No One—Redact or Seal Private Information—requirements of Md. Rules and public access to court documents. September 2011), and Hauch v. Connor — Beginning a Transition in Maryland Conflict of Laws Doctrine?, 43 Md.L.Rev. 204 (1984).