Powell McHenry

Powell McHenry

Of Counsel

Biography

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of former Dinsmore Managing Partner Powell McHenry at the age of 93.

Powell joined Dinsmore in 1951 after serving in the Navy during World War II on the U.S.S. Rowe and later graduating from the University of Cincinnati and Harvard Law School. His main areas of practice included corporate and litigation, with experience in corporate governance and antitrust & trade regulation. His work as an attorney garnered an impressive list of Fortune 200 representative clients, including Procter & Gamble (P&G), Federated Department Stores (Macy's, Inc.), General Motors, and Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Cliff Roe, a former managing partner of the firm, recalled getting to know Powell when Cliff was a junior associate and appreciating the chance “to realize what a warm personality and a great lawyer he was.” Cliff remembers when Powell, then managing partner, informed him the two of them were to handle the negotiation of an acquisition deal happening in New York City.

“We went to New York and Powell treated me like a very knowledgeable attorney and as an equal. I never forgot how Powell treated me both in private and during the negotiations. He was very supportive and helped my confidence by his manner.”

After serving as firm managing partner, Powell would later serve as senior vice president and general counsel at P&G. Upon his retirement from P&G in 1991, Powell returned to Dinsmore as of counsel. He served in many leadership roles outside of the firm, including as president of the Cincinnati Bar Association and Association of General Counsel.

A lifelong Cincinnati west-sider, the Western Hills High School graduate served his community well and leaves behind cherished relatives and friends, including his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Venna, whom he met when they were in the ninth grade.

Cliff speaks for those in the firm who knew and worked with Powell when he said, “He was a fine man, and I was privileged to know and work with him.”

Everyone at Dinsmore sends their condolences to Powell’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Education

  • Harvard Law School  (LL.B., magna cum laude, 1951)
    • Harvard Law Review, editor (1949 - 1951)
  • University of Cincinnati  (A.B., 1949)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio (inactive)

Affiliations/Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Law Institute
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference life member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
    • Past president
    • Past Executive Committee
    • Past member
  • Association of General Counsel
    • Past president
    • Past Executive Committee

Distinctions

  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Lifetime Achievement in Law Award, Cincinnati Bar Foundation