Richard C. Henke

Professor Henke began his legal career as a judicial law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey. In 1987 he was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Special Master for the asbestos litigation in New Jersey. Subsequently, he was appointed as Special Master in other mass tort litigation, including major landfill cases and the silicone gel breast implant litigation.

In 1991, Professor Henke became an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School. There he taught Products Liability and Toxic Torts, an elective he developed for upper term students. He has published several articles in the field of Products Liability, co-authored a chapter of a Products Liability casebook, and written an article in the area of family law. In 2005, Professor Henke was elected to the American Law Institute.

Professor Henke came to Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1996. A multiple-time winner of the Stanley E. Beattie Award for excellence in teaching, and a member of the Cooley Legal Author Society, Professor Henke teaches Torts I and II, Environmental Torts, Equities & Remedies, and Products Liability.



Henke, Richard C., "Workers' Compensation in New Jersey: Toward a Removal of Workers from the Sacrificial Altar of Production Quotas", 56 Rutgers L Rev 789 (2004).

Henke, Richard C., "Comparative Fault in Products Liability: Comparing California and New Jersey", 19 T M COOLEY L REV 301(2002).

Henke, Richard C., "The Heeding Presumption in Failure to Warn Cases: Opening Pandora's Box?", 30 SETON HALL L REV 174(1999).

Henke, Richard C. and Tortoreti, Philip A., "The Continuing Viability of Santor v. Karagheusian: Does Strict Liability Apply to Direct Economic Loss Cases Involving Consumers and Commercial Entities? ", NEW JERSEY LAWYER (Summer 1998).

Henke, Richard C. and Keefe, John E. "Presumed Knowledge of Danger: Legal Fiction Gone Awry? ", 19 SETON HALL L REV 174(1989).

Henke, Richard C. and Witt, Philip "Child Custody Evaluations: Legal Standards", III NEW JERSEY TRIAL LAWYER,12 (October 1989).

Books and Chapters in Books

Henke, Richard C. and Smith, Frederick T., "Damages and the Problems of Apportionment", (Chapter 9) New Jersey Product Liability Law, (1996).

Henke, Richard C., "Contribution and Indemnification in Products Liability Litigation" in NEW JERSEY PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION by John McGoldrick and Frederick T. Smith. Newark, NJ: New Jersey Law Journal Book.


Henke, Richard C., panelist, "Products Liability: Update 1996," presented to Recent Case Law Development in Products Liability Seminar, ICLE, New Brunswick, NJ (April 27, 1996).

Henke, Richard C., panelist, "Mass Torts Update," presented to Recent Case Law Development in Mass Torts Seminar, ICLE, New Brunswick, NJ (April 23, 1994).

Henke, Richard C., panelist, "The New Jersey Product Liability Act: Plaintiff and Defense Viewpoints," presented to Aspects of Common Law Products Liability in New Jersey and its Codification and Modification of the Products Liability Act Seminar. ICLE, New Brunswick, NJ (June 20, 1992).

Henke, Richard C., guest speaker, "The Special Master's Role in Toxic Tort Litigation," presented to Resolution Program for Visiting Justices from India and Sri Lanka Concerning Mass Tort Litigation, Center for Negotiation and Conflict. Newark, NJ (October 10, 1990).

Henke, Richard C., panelist, "Symposium on Critical Issues in Alternate Dispute Resolution," presented to Use of Court-Appointed Mediators and Special Masters Program. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (December 7, 1987).


Real-World Experience

Specialty: Products Liability

Courses: Torts I and II, Environmental Torts, Equities & Remedies, Products Liability

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