Areas of Practice
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1982; Law Clerk, Judge John Minor Wisdom, 5th Cir., 1982–1983; Executive Director, Yale Legislative Services
  • Christ Church, Oxford University, Oxford, England, Read M. Litt., 1979; Rhodes Scholar
  • Bowdoin College, A.B., 1977, summa cum laude; Brooks-Nixon Prize, first in graduating class; Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1983
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • 5th Cir., 1983
  • E.D. La., 1983
  • M.D. La., 1983
  • W.D. La., 1983
R. McHenry
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8300 tel
504.589.8300 fax

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Lewis McHenry is a partner in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. His practice includes real estate acquisitions and divestitures, workouts, commercial bankruptcy, development, and finance. He represents a wide range of parties in real estate transactions, including multi-family residential developments throughout the southeast and southwestern United States, office buildings, hotels, medical facilities, timber investments, and forest products companies. He sits on the Board of Directors of a number of privately held companies. He is past Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for the State of Louisiana, and Chairman of the Louisiana Endowment for Humanities, which publishes Louisiana Cultural Vistas


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Real Estate Law (listed annually since 1995)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in "Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Real Estate (listed annually 2011)
  • Listed in the 2018 edition Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Real Estate (also listed in 2007-2008, 2012 to present)
  • Recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge John Minor Wisdom, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1982–1983)




  • American Association of Rhodes Scholars (Member, Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Louisiana, 2003–2005)
  • American Law Institute
  • Friends of the Stables in Audubon Park (Chairman and President)
  • Jones Walker Executive Committee (1995–2000)
  • Louise S. McGehee School (Director, Officer, and Executive Committee Member, 2002)
  • Louisiana Bankers Association
  • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (Past Chairman)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Past Chairman, Section on Bankruptcy Law, 1989–1990)
  • Oxford-Cambridge Society (Past President)
  • Yale Legislative Services (Executive Director)