Champions Of Labor For More Than 40 Years

Marcelle J. Henry

  • Partner




(212) 652-3891



Ms. Henry has joined our firm as a partner and chairperson of our ERISA/Employee Benefits Practice Group. Ms. Henry has over 10 years' experience representing multiemployer Taft-Hartley pension and welfare funds, regularly advising clients on ERISA plan administration and compliance issues. She brings a wide breadth and depth of knowledge and experience with respect to the Affordable Care Act, Pension Protection Act, HIPAA, Mental Health Parity Addiction Act and COBRA. Ms. Henry also has experience drafting and administering single employer plans. She has drafted ESOPS, KSOPS, VEBAs and other nonqualified deferred compensation plans.

Ms. Henry graduated from Michigan State University College of Law and has a Master of Law in taxation from New York University School of Law. She is a member and frequent speaking panelist of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law and Employee Benefits Committee. Ms. Henry is also a contributing author and Union Co-Chair Chapter Editor for Chapter 8 of the Employee Benefits Law Treatise and Supplements.

Ms. Henry spent almost 10 years at Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP as an associate and then a partner. Prior to joining that firm, she was attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she worked at Ice Miller, Legal and Business Advisors, and then Alliance Benefit Group.

In 2022, Ms. Henry was appointed by Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh to serve on the U.S. Department of Labor's Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans (the "ERISA Advisory Council"). The ERISA Advisory Council advises the Secretary of Labor with respect to carrying out the secretarial functions under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and submits recommendations with respect to those functions.  

Ms. Henry is admitted to practice law in New York and Indiana.

Areas Of Practice

  • Employee Benefits/ERISA

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2002
  • New York, 2001


  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Class Rank: Top 5%
    • Honors: Dean's List, 1997-1999
    • Honors: Harold E. Bledsoe Award; Merit Scholarships
    • Honors: Jurisprudence Achievement Awards for Constitutional Law I, Mortgages, and Juvenile Law
    • Honors: Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Clerk of the Exchequer
    • Honors: Wolverine Student Bar Association, Treasurer
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • LL.M., Master of Laws - 2001
    • Major: Taxation
  • Hofstra University
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: Dean's List and National Dean's List, 1992-1996
    • Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society; Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology)
    • Honors: Hofstra for Hempstead, Hempstead for Hofstra Scholarship
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Contributing author and Union Co-chair Chapter Editor, Chapter 8 of the Employee Benefits Law Treatise and Supplements published, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and BNA Books

Classes / Seminars

  • Speaker, IFEBP, ABA LEL EBC, and ABA's Joint Committee on Employee Benefits' ERISA Basics conferences

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law ("ABA LEL") Section Committee on Employee Benefits, Member
  • Liaison of the Employee Benefits Committee ("EBC") to the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee
  • Appointed as the Union Co-chair of the ABA's LEL Section Committee on Employee Benefits' Subcommittee on Regulation of Employee Health Care Benefit Plans, 2015
  • Appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans (ERISA Advisory Council), 2022

Past Employment Positions

  • Legal Aid of Central Michigan, Law Clerk Extern
  • Michigan Attorney General's Office, State Affairs Division, Law Clerk
  • Michigan State University - Detroit College of Law, Placement Clerk , 1998 to 1999
  • Ice Miller LLP, Associate, 08/2001 to 10/2004
  • Alliance Benefit Group (Formerly Nyhart), Pension Attorney, October 2004 to November 2007
  • Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Associate, Partner, 02/2008 to 11/2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans ("IFEBP"), Member


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