Courtney T. Henderson

Courtney Henderson

Location: Overland Park, Kansas
Phone: (913) 782-4030
Email: Email Me

Mr. Henderson is a dedicated criminal defense attorney in Johnson County Kansas, with a focus on general criminal defense, bringing extensive experience in DUI, drug offenses, and felony cases. Throughout his career, he has successfully represented clients in complex criminal litigation, including high-stakes allegations such as homicide, sexual offenses, and white-collar crimes like securities fraud, forgery, and identity theft. In addition, Mr. Henderson routinely handles misdemeanor matters and traffic cases across various municipal and district courts.

In 2005, Mr. Henderson co-founded Billam and Henderson, LLC, where he successfully represented clients in criminal cases. In 2022, he established his independent practice, Henderson Legal Defense, LLC, maintaining his unwavering commitment to assisting individuals facing criminal charges.

A recognized authority in his field, Mr. Henderson co-authored a book on Juvenile Defense Strategies, demonstrating his deep knowledge and expertise. His exceptional track record and legal acumen have earned him numerous accolades, including being named one of the Top 40 under 40 trial lawyers in Kansas by The National Trial Lawyers consecutively from 2012 to 2018.

With an unwavering commitment to his clients, Mr. Henderson has successfully defended individuals facing a wide range of allegations, including drug offenses, weapons charges, domestic violence, sex offenses, and violent crimes. He brings his formidable courtroom skills to both adult and juvenile courts, ensuring his clients receive vigorous representation and a strong defense.

Mr. Henderson’s exceptional reputation and accomplishments have led to his recognition as a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers for criminal defense since 2013. He has also been honored as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers since 2014 and selected as one of the Nation’s Top Attorneys by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel since 2015.

Actively involved in the legal community, Mr. Henderson serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and maintains membership in prestigious organizations such as The National Trial Lawyers and the Johnson County Bar Association. He is a trusted judge pro tem for the 10th Judicial District Court, presiding over juvenile and criminal courtrooms. Furthermore, Mr. Henderson generously shares his knowledge as a mentor attorney in the field of criminal defense within the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court.

Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Henderson is passionate about giving back to the community. He has volunteered his legal services for Birthday Blessings KC, a local nonprofit organization that provides free birthday services for children in need. His dedication and professionalism have garnered recognition, including being honored as a Top Lawyer by the Global Directory of Who’s Who. Additionally, Mr. Henderson maintains a perfect 10.0 rating on AVVO, a testament to his exceptional legal skills and client satisfaction.

Mr. Henderson was born and raised on his family farm in Kansas. He obtained his B.S. in Business Administration as a College of Business Honors Program graduate from Kansas State University. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2003, laying the foundation for his successful legal career.

If you are facing criminal charges and need a strong defense, don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Henderson at Henderson Legal Defense, LLC, for a no-fee initial consultation. With his extensive experience, unwavering dedication, and exceptional track record, he is ready to advocate for your rights and provide you with the best possible defense. Take the first step towards protecting your future by scheduling a consultation with Mr. Henderson today.


  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys, The National Trial Lawyers 2014-2023
  • Nation’s Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015 – 2024
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers 2012 – 2018
  • Perfect 10.0 AVVO Rating, AVVO
  • Top Lawyer, Global Directory of Who’s Who 2015 – Present
  • Top 50 DUI Attorneys in Kansas, The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC 2017
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers 2013 – 2023
  • Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, Super Lawyers 2011 – 2012
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Kansas, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Legal Educator Award, Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2021

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Completed the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course taught by Walden, Platt & Associates

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • Recruitment Director, Board of Directors, Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Seasoned Attorney, National College for DUI Defense, Inc
  • Barrister Level, Criminal Defense Mentor Attorney, Earl E. O’Conner Inn of Court
  • Attorney Mentor, KCMBA Criminal Law, 2012
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Missouri Bar Association
  • Member, Kansas Bar Association
  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Johnson County Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Active Supporter of the Polar Plunge in support of the Special Olympics, 2019
  • Spoke to Freshman at Olathe East on criminal law, 2018
  • Prepared Waivers of Liability for Birthday Blessings KC, a local non-profit group that provides free birthday services for children in need.
  • Volunteer, Street Cats Rescue of Kansas City
  • Prepared Petitions for Expungement and conducted hearings on the Petitions for the Johnson County Clean Slate Program through Kansas Legal Services

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Contributing Author, Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies, Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books), 2012
  • Presented at the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Fall CLE on using and adapting Legal Technology to streamline your practice. Speaker, Legal Technology for your Practice, Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Criminal Defense, 2021

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Nominated for the Phi Kappa Theta Mid-Career Achievement Man of the Year, 2016

Educational Background

  • University of Kansas, School of Law, J.D. 2003
  • Kansas State University, B.A., Honors: College of Business Honors Program Graduate, 2000