Deborah Epstein Henry is an internationally recognized expert 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
(American Bar Association, 2010). LAW & REORDER
was the #1 best selling ABA Flagship Publishing book for 2011. The book will be going into its third printing shortly.
Debbie is a sought after consultant and speaker before audiences including law firm management, general counsel, lawyers, professionals and employers outside of law, and students, as well as women lawyers, women professionals, and law student groups. A former practicing litigator, Debbie is President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC®, an international consulting firm she founded in the late 1990s. Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is well known for running Best Law Firms for Women with Working Mother
magazine since 2007 – a national survey to select the top 50 law firms for women and report on industry trends. The Flex-Time Lawyers LLC consulting firm (also known as the Law & Reorder consulting firm) provides advisory, training and speaking services on workplace restructuring, talent management, work/life balance, and the retention and promotion of lawyers, with a focus on women.
Through Debbie’s public speaking, international consulting and press attention, she has grown her 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 yet they are employed by Bliss. The firm is a new legal model that operates administratively from a virtual platform, furthering an alternative means to practice law and forge new career paths.
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, Th.e National Law Journal
, The Los Angeles Times
, New York Law Journal
, The Boston Globe
, The Philadelphia Inquirer
, among numerous others. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and the Legal Industry Advisor to the Center for Talent Innovation Task Force. Debbie is a Liaison to the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession and a member of the ABA Gender Equity Task Force. She is a Consultant to the New York State Bar Association Committee for Lawyers in Transition 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 her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her 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 17, 14 and 12.