Deborah Epstein Henry is an internationally recognized expert, consultant and public speaker on the future of the legal profession, new legal models, women and work/life balance. She is the author of LAW & REORDER, the #1 best-selling American Bar Association Flagship book for 2011. She has co-authored a second book entitled FINDING BLISS: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers which is among the best-selling ABA Flagship books for 2015.
A former practicing litigator, Debbie is President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a consulting 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 magazine – 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, self-promotion, flexibility, re-entry, transition and work/life balance. She has garnered visibility for her work from The New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The National Law Journal, 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 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 is a new legal model that operates administratively from a virtual platform, with employees in a dozen states and counting.
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 is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and she donates her time to a number of non-profits, including the Task Force for Talent Innovation and the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. She sits on the Honorary Advisory Board of Pace University School of Law’s New Directions program and she is a former consultant to various New York State Bar Association committees. 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. Debbie is married and the mother of three sons, ages 19, 17 and 14.