About the Co-Authors
Deborah Epstein Henry is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers, a firm that employs high caliber lawyers to work on an engagement basis in secondments for in-house legal department and law firm clients. Debbie 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 2011 ABA Flagship book. Debbie is also President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC which runs Best Law Firms for Women with Working Mother. She has been featured in The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, and The Wall Street Journal and as a Philadelphia Business Journal “Women of Distinction”. Debbie received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. She is a former practicing litigator and law clerk to a New York federal judge.
Suzie Scanlon Rabinowitz is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers. Suzie recently launched SRD Legal Group which is a women owned virtual law firm. She has been Of Counsel at Berger Legal LLC for more than a decade and prior to joining the virtual law firm world, she practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Suzie earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she served as a Senior Editor of the Fordham Law Review. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College with honors. Suzie is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Garry A. Berger is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers. Garry is a pioneer in the legal services industry, having founded in 2002 Berger Legal LLC, an innovative virtual law firm serving Fortune 500 clients as well as small to mid-size companies. He spent three years inhouse at The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters). Garry previously practiced law at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and served as a law clerk to a New York federal judge. He earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brandeis University.
About the Finding Bliss Book Tour
As part of the release of Finding Bliss, co-author Deborah Epstein Henry is on a national book tour in most major cities across the country. The objective is to stimulate a national conversation on the future of the profession with industry leaders and key stakeholders in each major city. For a summary of the book launch events and other future of the profession events, please visit the Finding Bliss Book Tour & Events section at http://www.blisslawyers.com/the-book.php#. New events are being scheduled on a weekly basis. To host Debbie on the next stop of the Finding Bliss national book tour, please e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Book
Change has come to the legal profession, as never before. Once hallowed law firms face unprecedented financial pressures. Their corporate clients are negotiating rates and reducing their outside counsel spending. They are also demanding more predictability in pricing, increased flexibility in staffing and added value from all legal service providers. Lawyers themselves, overworked and worried about job security (if they are lucky enough to have a job), are more stressed and anxiety ridden than ever.
To address these challenges, and to improve the delivery of legal services and the daily lives of lawyers, Finding Bliss: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers provides creative and disruptive solutions. Authored by the three co-founders of Bliss Lawyers, a secondment firm that is transforming the way corporations and law firms engage high caliber attorneys, the book provides compelling examples of how to achieve greater success -- in terms of profitability, productivity and satisfaction.
Finding Bliss explores seven key themes to improve legal practice and client service, including: innovation; value; predictability and trust; flexibility; talent development; diversity and inclusion; and, relationship building. In a ground-breaking analysis, Finding Bliss addresses the profession’s challenges from both sides of an evolving equation: the structural change within law firms, in-house legal departments and other legal service providers, and the individual change in today’s attorneys seeking to meet business needs while gaining more flexibility and freedom. Through the book’s seven themes, Finding Bliss tackles the answers to how traditional and new model firms can more effectively deliver legal services and align the skills of the legal talent pool to better meet clients’ needs.
Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote the book’s Foreword and the book includes contributions from New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Rubin and the General Counsel of Verizon, McKinsey and Nielsen. Additionally, the General Counsel of General Electric and The Gap as well as the President of Yale University and New York Times best-selling author Claire Shipman have provided testimonials on the book’s back cover. The endorsement by these thought leaders is a tribute to the book’s insightful content and the vision of its co-authors.
With a combination of innovative foresight and penetrating understanding, Finding Bliss provides wisdom and inspiration of how to successfully navigate this critical moment of upheaval and opportunity facing the legal profession. The result? Happy Clients and Happy Lawyers.
Praise for Finding Bliss
“Happy Clients, Happy Lawyers.” That is the motto of Bliss Lawyers. It seems an impossible dream. But law, properly understood, is not only an area of human endeavor that is central to the ability of humans to flourish individually and together but also a helping and caring profession. . . . What is needed is a way of doing this work that does not turn all of life into hours to be billed, an endless sucking maw of client obligations. The legal profession needs to reinvent itself, as a source of work and a way of life. Finding Bliss provides a guide.”
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Excerpt from the Finding Bliss Foreword
“An important book for all of us interested in the future of our great legal profession. Too many lawyers are unhappy in outdated models. Finding Bliss—with its wonderfully challenging title—discusses the many innovative ways the profession is changing and how to change it much, much more.”
Brackett B. Denniston III, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, General Electric Company
“The authors paint a new and appealing reality emerging for lawyers and their clients. Finding Bliss is a must-read, offering a path back to meaning and purpose for lawyers, and a reasonable bottom line for all.”
Claire Shipman, Senior National Correspondent, Good Morning America; Author, Womenomics and The Confidence Code
“I’ve read a lot about innovation, diversity and flexibility . . . this book puts them together in a new way that I hope will have a significant impact on our profession. After reading Finding Bliss, I’m more optimistic about our prospects for innovation and inclusion looking forward.”
Michelle Banks, Executive Vice President Global Responsibility & General Counsel, Gap Inc.
“Partners and associates at firms large and small, traditional and cutting-edge, will learn much from this beautifully written volume, and so will their teachers.”
Peter Salovey, President & Chris Argyris Professor, Yale University
“Every law firm leader and general counsel will find something in these pages to improve their organization.”
Wally Martinez, Managing Partner, Hunton & Williams, LLP; Former General Counsel, Diageo North America, Inc.
“Finding Bliss offers an insightful analysis of the challenges facing the legal profession today [and] an innovative new paradigm to enable attorneys and clients to fulfill their goals in a mutually empowering way.”
Gillian Lester, Dean, Columbia Law School
“An important template for those trying to innovate the way in which lawyers deliver value and support to their clients.”
Denise F. Keane, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Altria Group, Inc.
“As law firms struggle to maintain profitability, they will need to be more innovative in terms of service delivery and staffing models. This book gives invaluable advice and recommendations on how to do so. I will be putting it on my recommended reading list for law firm leaders and managers.”
Tom Clay, Principal, Altman Weil, Inc.
“Finding Bliss provides a unique and comprehensive roadmap for creating a sustainable business model within a law firm or corporate legal department that promotes productivity and economic success. This thoughtful and thought-provoking treatise is a must-read for all of those seeking to improve the legal profession.”
Lisa M. Passante, President, National Association of Women Lawyers
“A realistic, lawyer-friendly roadmap for lawyers to understand the changes around them, embrace the new pieces that make sense for them, and preserve the best of their professional values and aspirations. I don’t know too many blissed-out lawyers, but reading Finding Bliss will certainly help any lawyer up their bliss quotient.”
Paul Lippe, CEO, Legal OnRamp