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Henderson, Mari

Mari Henderson

Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Mari Henderson is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office.  She rejoined the firm in 2020..  With a background as a criminal prosecutor and on-air news reporter, Mari represents companies and individuals in high stakes litigation and advises clients navigating both the court of law and the court of public opinion. She helped launch the firm’s Crisis Law and Strategy practice group, which provides legal and public relations assistance to companies and individuals facing scandals in the public eye.

She has defended major California companies including Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and the University of Southern California (USC) in cases ranging from employment discrimination to lawsuits stemming from one of the largest wildfires in California history. She has also defended C-suite executives in white collar federal cases, state criminal cases and civil sexual assault and discrimination cases. In addition to litigation, Mari has experience conducting internal investigations into abuse and harassment claims, where she relies on her background as a sex crimes prosecutor.

Prior to rejoining Quinn Emanuel, Mari was a Deputy District Attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where as lead counsel she tried nearly twenty cases to verdict. While she was a Deputy DA, she earned a reputation as the “expert slayer” for her successful cross-examination of defense experts on the witness stand. She handled a broad range of felonies, including murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, child molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence, robbery and burglary cases. She was also tasked with managing criminal cases involving high-profile or celebrity defendants and victims. Mari appeared in court daily, where she conducted over 100 hearings, including preliminary hearings, motions to suppress, motions to vacate and motions to dismiss.  

In law school, Mari clerked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the Major Crimes division. She also clerked for the California Court of Appeal. Prior to attending law school, Mari was an on-air reporter for NY1 News in New York City.

  • UCLA School of Law
    (J.D., 2015)
  • Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism
    (M.S., Journalism, cum laude, 2010)
    (B.S., Journalism, cum laude, 2009)
    • Dean's List

The State Bar of California

  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office:
    • Prosecutor, 2017-2020
  • NY1 News:
    • On-Air Reporter, 2010-2012
  • “Alternatives to Prosecution: Rethinking Traditional Prison-First Criminal Prosecution,” Quinn Emanuel, 2020.
  • “The Impact of New Legislative Reforms: A Practical Guide for Lawyers,” The Jewish Federation Legal Network, 2021.
  • “A Sea Change to Peremptory Challenges in California: The Effects of AB-3070,” The Recorder, 2021.