William L. Henn

William L. Henn is a founding member of Henn Lesperance PLC. He regularly represents clients—including government entities, individuals, corporations and health care professionals—at all levels of state and federal courts throughout Michigan. Mr. Henn also acts as corporate counsel for numerous government entities throughout the state of Michigan. Prior to entering private practice in 2001, Mr. Henn served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

In his law practice, Mr. Henn is guided by the need to pursue justice wherever it leads, to be consummately diligent in all aspects of client representation, and to act at all times with the highest level of professionalism and ethics. Mr. Henn believes that the pen is mightier than the sword, and that underlying even the world’s greatest complexities are simple truths. Mr. Henn strives in his advocacy to identify and convey those simple truths, as they are the gateway to successful resolutions of legal problems.

When not practicing law, Mr. Henn enjoys traveling, biking, sporting events, and spending time with his wife and four children.


Direct: (616) 551-1352
Fax: (616) 323-3658
Email: wlh@hennlesperance.com


Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney, Super Lawyers Magazine
AV (Preeminent) Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation
Professional Malpractice Defense
Business Disputes
Governmental Law


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1999
Central Michigan University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1997
New York University School of Continuing Education, Certificate in Film Production, 1995

Bar and Court Admissions

State Bar of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Professional Affiliations

Michigan Defense Trial Council
Defense Research Institute
County Road Association of Michigan


  • “Surviving a Lawsuit: Bringing Law and Order to the Litigation Jungle,” Michigan County Road Commission Self-Insurance Pool Annual Meeting, Mt. Pleasant, MI (Bill Henn with joint presenters), July 2018
  • “Professional Liability for Engineers,” SAM Conference, Bellaire, Michigan (Bill Henn), February 2018
  • “Communication Service Provider (CSP) Permits”, Berrien County Road Commission, Monroe County Road Commission, Saginaw County Road Commission, Blue Water Highway Council, County Road Association of Michigan, and Networks Northwest, various locations throughout Michigan (Bill Henn),2017
  • “Minimize Your Liability Exposure: Discussion of Real World Scenarios”, Association of County Road Superintendents, Manistee, MI (Bill Henn with joint presenters), October 2017
  • “Vehicle Accident Investigation and Reconstruction”, Michigan County Road Commission Self-Insurance Pool Annual Meeting, Mt. Pleasant, MI (Bill Henn with joint presenters), April 2017
  • “The Rewards of Risk Management,” Association of County Road Superintendents, October 2016
  • Blurred Line: Golf Carts, ORVs, Bicycles and Lawn Mowers on Local Roads,County Road Association of Michigan First Annual Legal Issues Symposium, December 2015
  • “Challenges to County Road Agency,” County Road Association of Michigan Annual Meeting, March 2014
  • “Should you settle?,” Michigan County Road Commission Self-Insurance Pool, 2014 (joint presenter)
  • “Mock Trial” for Michigan County Road Commission Self-Insurance Pool, July 2013
  • Case of Hagerty v Board of Manistee County Road Commissioners – Is a Dust Cloud a Defect in the Physical Structure of the Roadbed?,” County Road Association of Michigan 2013 Highway Conference, March 2013
  • Governmental Immunity: Past, Present, and (Back to?) the Future,Michigan County Road Commission Self-Insurance Pool Annual Meeting, July 2011
  • “Rapid Fire – Notable Appellate Decisions,” Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Annual Meeting, May 2011
  • “MCRCSIP Celebrity Squares,” Michigan County Road Commission Self- Insurance Pool Annual Meeting, July 2010 (joint presenter)

Notable Decisions

Governmental Immunity

  • Mann v St. Clair County Road Commission, 470 Mich 347; 681 NW2d 653 (2004)
  • Rowland v Washtenaw County Road Commission, 477 Mich 197; 731 NW2d 41 (2007)
  • Wesche v Mecosta County Road Commission, 480 Mich 75; 746 NW2d 847 (2008)
  • Kik v Sbraccia, 272 Mich. App. 388; 726 N.W. 2d 450 (2006)
  • Duffy v Irons Area Tourist Ass’n, 300 Mich. App. 542; 834 N.W.2d 508 (2013)
  • Oshtemo Charter Twp. v. Kalamazoo County Road Commission, 302 Mich. App. 574; 841 N.W.2d 135 (2013)
  • Streng v Bd of Mackinac Co Rd Com’rs, ___Mich App___, ___; ___NW2d___ (2016)

Medical Malpractice

  • Vega v Lakeland Hospitals, 267 Mich App 565; 705 NW2d 389 (2005)
  • Boodt v Borgess Medical Center, 272 Mich App 621; 728 NW2d 471 (2006)

Medical Malpractice – Notice of Intent

  • Decker v Rochowiak, 287 Mich App 666; 791 NW2d 507 (2010)

Land Use

  • Great Lakes Society v Georgetown Charter Twp, 281 Mich App 396; 761 NW2d 371
  • Cummins v Robinson Twp, 283 Mich App 677; 770 NW2d 421 (2009)
  • Scholma v Ottawa Co Rd Com’n, 303 Mich App 12; 840 NW2d 186, 188-189 (2013)
  • Hucul Advertising, LLC v. Charter Twp. of Gaines, 748 F.3d 273; 2014 WL 463479 (2014)

Premises Liability

  • DeBusscher v Sam’s East, Inc., 505 F3d 475 (6th Cir 2007)

Civil Rights

  • Widgren v Maple Grove Township, 429 F3d 575 (6th Cir 2005)


  • Colucci v McMillan, 256 Mich App 88; 662 NW2d 87 (2003)