Orly Henry

Cozen O'Connor PC

$ $$$

North Upper Wacker Drive 123
Chicago 60606 IL US

Orly M. Henry represents the interests of employers in health care, higher education, real estate, finance, and manufacturing sectors, among others. Orly has extensive experience defending employers before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies in individual, class, and collective actions on a wide variety of matters, including employment discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour, wrongful termination, and contract disputes.

She also provides counseling to employers on general compliance matters arising under various federal, state, and local laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the WARN Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Her practice also includes assisting employers in developing employment policies and conducting internal investigations. Orly earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her law degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where she was a senior articles editor of the Journal of Law and Social Policy.

During law school, she externed for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to attending law school, Orly was an intern in the office of U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin and worked in the publishing industry as an editorial assistant at Random House, Inc.

Orly is active with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, having served on the board of the Young Leadership Division from 2013 to 2018, including a term as president. She is currently serving as a member of the Community Building and Jewish Continuity Commission and the Scholarship Committee.


  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • Washington University in St. Louis, A.B., with honors, 2007



  • U.S. District Court — Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court — Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court — Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court — Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court — Colorado


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