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Heidi E. Henning
Vice President and General Counsel

As vice president and general counsel, Heidi Henning serves as HHMI’s chief legal officer and is responsible for managing HHMI’s legal affairs in support of the Institute’s mission. 

Henning oversees a staff of attorneys who attend to all of the Institute’s legal affairs, including matters directly related to HHMI’s scientific endeavors, intellectual property, the transfer of scientific materials, and scientific collaborations, as well as matters relating to HHMI’s operations and investments. The goal of HHMI’s legal team is to advance the programs and operations of HHMI by providing thoughtful, practical, and creative advice and counsel.

Henning joined HHMI in 1993 as an associate general counsel and was promoted to the position of deputy general counsel in 2006. Prior to joining HHMI, Henning worked in the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel, Office of Tax Policy, U.S. Treasury Department. Before that, she worked as an associate at the law firm of Dechert, Price & Rhoads in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after a clerkship with Judge Walter K. Stapleton, Federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Henning is a graduate of the Yale University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. Henning received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Latin and Greek from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Henning is also an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.