Deborah Epstein Henry is an internationally recognized expert, consultant and public speaker on the future of the legal profession, women and work/life balance. She is the author of LAW & REORDER, the #1 best-selling American Bar Association Flagship book for 2011. Debbie’s second book which she has co-authored entitled FINDING BLISS: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers was among the best-selling ABA Flagship books for 2015.
A former practicing litigator, Debbie is President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a firm she founded in the late 1990s, providing consulting, training and speaking services to law firms, companies and non-profits in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Her firm is well known for running Best Law Firms for Women with Working Mother – a national survey to select the top 50 law firms for women and report on industry trends. Debbie’s expertise with respect to women and workplace issues spans a range of subjects including retention, promotion, networking and business development, sponsorship, women’s initiatives, workplace culture and structure, leadership, compensation, risk, self-promotion, flexibility, re-entry, transition and work/life balance. She has garnered extensive visibility for her work from The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The National Law Journal, and The Los Angeles Times, among many others.
Through Debbie’s press attention, public speaking and consulting, she has grown a network of lawyers to over 10,000 and through this network, she became a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers, a firm that employs high caliber lawyers to work in "secondments" where the lawyers work on an engagement basis for in-house legal department and law firm clients. The firm has expanded to also handle temp to perm and direct hire placements. Bliss Lawyers is a new legal model that operates administratively from a virtual platform, with lawyers employed from New York to California.
Debbie has received numerous awards, including a 2012 Philadelphia Business Journal "Women of Distinction", a 2007 Philadelphia Business Journal "40 under 40" and a 2004 American Lawyer Media "Pennsylvania Lawyer on the Fast Track". She donates her time to a number of non-profits including the Forum of Executive Women where she co-chairs the annual Leadership Symposium and serves on the Membership Committee. Debbie is also a Senior Advisor to the Task Force for Talent Innovation, a Member of the New York City Bar Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession and a Liaison to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. Debbie received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. She served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Jacob Mishler in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. A native New Yorker, Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and three sons.