Location: Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States
Andrew Delaney Hendry, Attorney-at-Law, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in corporate law.
Mr. Hendry has enjoyed more than 50 years of success as high-ranking corporate counsel for many of the country’s largest companies. His initial interest in law was born out of a childhood love of the television show “Perry Mason,” and was cemented by a high school talent for speech and debate. He graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1969 and earned his Juris Doctor at New York University in 1972. He began his career as an associate of the New York City firm Battle and Fowler the same year and remained in practice with them until 1979 when he became a senior corporate and financial attorney for Reynolds Metals Company. Mr. Hendry’s focus on corporate law would continue to grow throughout the 1980s. He joined Burroughs Corporation in 1982 as senior staff counsel, rising to become associate general counsel the following year, and deputy general counsel from 1986 until 1987.
His expertise in corporate law, mergers, and acquisitions brought him to Unisys Corporation in 1987 as Vice President of Legal Affairs after the company’s purchase of Burroughs Corporation. He rose to Vice President and general counsel from 1988 until 1991 when he left the company to become the Vice-Chair, Chief Legal Officer, and secretary of Colgate-Palmolive Co. during what was at the time the largest industrial merger in history. Mr. Hendry considers his time at Colgate-Palmolive to be the defining role of his career, as his work in navigating the merger and redefining the company’s legal structure and corporate culture during a period of tremendous change would come to set the precedent for countless mergers and corporate restructurings that followed.
Mr. Hendry resigned from Colgate-Palmolive Co. in 2015 and remains in independent practice. Since 2018, he has been the commissioner of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Commission, and he is the former director and a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Throughout his career, he has been committed to legal reform and civil rights, and he is a former chair of the corporate advisory board of National Legal Aid and Defense, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, and a former member of the Georgetown College Advisory Board and Georgetown University Law Center Corporate Counsel Institute, among others. Mr. Hendry has been featured in publications including the American Law Institute Reporter, Practical Lawyers, American Lawyer, and the New York Times business section, and is the author of the prologue to “Trade Crash,” 2020. In recognition of his trailblazing work, he has been presented with the Segal-Tweed Founders and Beacon of Justice Awards, an Outstanding Contribution to Justice Award from the NLADA, and a Pro Bono Service Award from the ACCA, among many others. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Bar Association, the Central European and Eurasian Law Institute, and the New York State Bar Association, where he sits on a number of committees. Currently, Mr. Hendry is working on a memoir titled “The American Dream,” detailing his life, work, and rise to international success from modest circumstances.
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