Not trying to push the envelope here, but we’d better make a set of links available.  I’m just sayin’.





District of Columbia

Maryland – http://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml
Virginia – http://www.vec.virginia.gov/vecportal/unins/insunemp.cfm
Washington, D.C. – https://does.dcnetworks.org/claimantservices/



New York

Connecticut – https://iic.ctdol.state.ct.us/welcome.aspx

New Jersey – http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/ui/ui_index.html

New York – https://ui.labor.state.ny.us/UBC/home.do






3 Responses to “Unemployment”

  1. 1 Legal Secretary 16 September 2008 at 6:36 am

    Well, this is grim. WSJ essentially predicts that Heller will dissolve by end of next week.


    “After a string of partner defections and failed merger talks, Heller faces the grim possibility that it might have to dissolve the firm, according to lawyers and recruiters with knowledge of the matter, some of whom predict that judgment day could come in as soon as a week’s time.”

  2. 2 Donald 17 September 2008 at 7:53 pm

    We staff at another ‘anonymous’ law firm are closely monitoring the Heller crisis. Question: When partners leave, they take along their secretaries and paralegals, right? So it’s not all bad, right? (Except for IT, accounting, HR, reception, catering, etc.)

  3. 3 hellerdrone 17 September 2008 at 8:17 pm


    First, you’ll find lots of support and empathy here – most of us working for law firms have had this happen at least once.

    You pose a good question, one which might be better explained later in a full post but here goes:

    – when a partner leaves she/he takes lots of stuff and leaves lots of stuff

    – a partner takes their equity, meaning the money they have invested in the firm over the years as they have bought shares. If a 20 year partner is a 750 share holder (meaning their annual take is based on the profits divided on a per share basis), and each share has a value of $1,000, then that means $750,000 taken out of the firms coffers. Poof!

    – more importantly a partner takes their book of business with them. They often notify loyal clients who may have been with them for years and then the client will send a letter asking that their files, hard copy and electronic, be transferred to the new firm

    – DO NOT EXPECT THAT A PARTNER WILL TAKE THEIR SUPPORT STAFF with them. Very often, the new firm will already have support staff in place. Exceptions are when the partner negotiates with the new firm and might say, “As a condition of my leaving, I want to bring my secretary, Miss Lois Carmen Denominator, with me.”

    – the only time I’ve seen support staff taken with exiting partners is when they go as a group with other associates to a new firm. It helps if it is a brand new practice group for the new firm or if the group has a very niche speciality that requires some expertise on the part of paralegals, secretaries etc. This happened when Venture Law Group people joined Heller almost five years ago.

    My advice – to see if anyone is planning a departure:

    – see if people have been exporting or accessing large blocks of documents in your DMS or whatever method is used to store electronic documents

    – see if a partner is on the phone the entire day with all his clients – even old ones. He is informing them that he is ditching

    Good luck

    Heller Drone

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