Susan L. Henebry


  • Syracuse University, Undergraduate
    B.S. 1986
    cum laude
  • Fordham University School of Law, Law School
    J.D. 1992
  • Columbia University School of Law, Graduate
    School Law Institute


  • Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut

Susan Henebry is a partner in Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey's Education Group.  Her practice focuses on issues facing educational institutions and corporate clients.

Ms. Henebry was the School Counsel and Assistant Business Manager at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, an independent boarding school for nine years.  During her tenure at Taft, Ms. Henebry served as the school’s general counsel for all its legal matters, its director of human resources and was responsible for the school’s risk management. Henebry’s expertise includes representing and counseling schools on all facets of education law, including risk mitigation, student issues, employment matters, tax-exempt financing, crisis management, internal investigations, and nonprofit governance.  She gained significant experience addressing the risks facing schools through her role as the Vice President of the Nutmeg Education Consortium and as a member of the United Educators Legal Advisory Committee.

Susan was previously with the firm from 1992 to 2008.  During this period, she represented, advised and counseled for-profit and not-for-profit clients on corporate matters including corporate governance and operations, contracts, employment law, and real estate.   Ms. Henebry also has represented independent schools, underwriters, and issuers in tax-exempt financing transactions.  She has drafted and negotiated contracts for corporate and school clients including enrollment contracts, student and employee handbooks, software license agreements, project financing agreements, and service agreements.

Henebry spent three semesters as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching First Year Law students negotiation, counseling and legal writing skills. She also served on the Court Representation Task Force Concerning Legal Representation of Immigrants in Removal Proceedings as well as the Strategic Task Force for In-the-Making. 

  • Served as the general counsel of The Taft School, an independent boarding school, for nine years.
    • Established the school’s risk management program for off-campus school trips.
    • Developed and presented educational programs for students and faculty on sexual misconduct and sexting.
    • Instituted a school-wide concussion management program.
    • Administered the school's health and welfare plans, as well as its pension plan
  • Vice President, Nutmeg Education Consortium Board of Directors 2009-2014
  • United Educators Legal Advisory Committee 2009-2012
  • Connecticut Bar Association’s 2005 Honor Roll for Pro Bono Service

Community Involvement

  • Women’s Giving Circle, Connecticut Community Foundation
  • United Way of Greater Waterbury, Board Member
  • Member, of the National Association of Bond Lawyers


  • Connecticut Bar Association