Deborah Epstein Henry is an internationally recognized expert, consultant and public speaker on workplace restructuring, talent management, work/life balance, and the retention and promotion of lawyers with a focus on women. She is the author of LAW & REORDER: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance
, the #1 best selling American Bar Association (ABA) Flagship Publishing book for 2011. The ABA will release her second book, which she has co-authored, in January 2015. The second book, FINDING BLISS: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers
, focuses on the future of the legal profession and realigning the effective delivery of legal services and career paths.
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 US, Canada and Europe. Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is well known for running the Best Law Firms for Women initiative with Working Mother
magazine since 2007 – a national survey to select the top 50 law firms for women and report on industry trends.
Debbie has garnered extensive visibility for her work from The New York Times
, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Wall Street Journal
, The Washington Post
, National Public Radio, and The National Law Journal
, among many others. Her 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, self promotion, flexibility, re-entry, and work/life balance.
Through Debbie’s public speaking, international consulting and press attention, she has grown a network of lawyers to more than 10,000 and through this network, she has done recruiting for the last ten years. Debbie is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers
, a firm that provides high caliber temporary part-time and full-time lawyers in "secondments" where the lawyers work at in-house legal departments and law firms yet they are employed by Bliss. The firm is a new legal model that services Fortune 500 companies and law firms and operates administratively from a virtual platform, with employees in eleven states and counting.
Debbie is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and she donates her time to a number of non-profits. She serves as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Talent Innovation, a non-profit think tank focused on the retention and promotion of women, people of color and other diverse individuals in the global marketplace. She is a Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and a member of the ABA Gender Equity Task Force. She is a former Consultant to a number of the New York State Bar Association Committees and she sits on the Honorary Advisory Board of Pace University School of Law's New Directions
program for attorneys seeking re-entry into the profession.
Debbie was named 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 received a B.A. in Psychology from Yale and a J.D. cum laude
from Brooklyn Law School. Following law school, Debbie clerked for the Honorable Jacob Mishler in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She is married with three sons, ages 18, 16 and 13.