Debbie Epstein Henry is an expert, best-selling author, public speaker and podcast host on careers, workplaces, women and law. She runs DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing and consults with and speaks at private retreats, public events and conferences for companies, law firms and other professional service firms as well as non-profits. Debbie’s international work includes multiple engagements in The Hague as well as in Paris at the French Senate and in London and Vienna and other cities abroad. For 20 years, hundreds of news outlets have featured her work including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and The National Law Journal.
Debbie first met Berger Legal founder, Garry Berger, when they were summer associates at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. After practicing as a litigator, Debbie became a prominent public speaker and by 2008, she had built a national network of over 10,000 lawyers. From there, in 2011, she teamed up with Garry and a third partner to co-found Bliss Lawyers, a company employing high caliber attorneys to work on temporary engagements for in-house legal department and law firm clients. In February 2020, Bliss Lawyers was acquired by Axiom, the global leader in high-caliber, on-demand legal talent. She and Garry had so much fun for nearly nine years as partners that Debbie remains affiliated with Berger Legal, principally focused on business development for the firm.
In the meantime, Debbie continues to run the DEH Speaker Series, offering quarterly programming by webcast with New York Times best-selling authors, TED speakers, and thought leaders. In 2007, she conceived of the Best Law Firms for Women initiative, a national survey she developed and ran for a decade with Working Mother to annually select the top 50 law firms for women and report on industry trends. Debbie is the author of LAW & REORDER, the #1 best-selling ABA Flagship book for 2011 and the co-author of another ABA best-selling Flagship book in 2015, FINDING BLISS.
In 2020, Debbie launched a podcast, Inspiration Loves Company, where she conducts interviews and explores how to do better and be better at life, work and everything in-between. She delves into issues including courage, women, technology, learning, race, entrepreneurship, diversity, careers, leadership and more.
Debbie volunteers her time with a number of non-profits. She is Vice President of The Forum of Executive Women, a nomination-only, membership organization of the top 500 women in business in Philadelphia. Debbie sits on The Forum’s Board and chairs its annual Leadership Symposium. She also chairs Brooklyn Law School Women’s Leadership Circle which runs a national women’s law student and alumnae initiative. Additionally, Debbie serves as an Advisor to The Fourth Floor and an Advisor to the New York State Bar Association Attorney Well-Being Task Force.
Debbie has received numerous awards including being named among the Philadelphia Business Journal‘s “Women of Distinction.” In 2017, Debbie received the Anne X. Alpern Award, presented annually to a female lawyer who demonstrates excellence in the legal profession and who makes a significant professional impact on women in the law. She received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. Debbie lives in the New York area with her husband; they have three sons.