Kind Words

I continue to be amazed at the many kind words and offers coming in from ex-Hellerites such as Denise Bottarini. I don’t remember Denise but I am sure some of you in San Francisco do. Here’s what she sent our way:

“I’m writing this with a heavy heart – I was a litigation paralegal hired under Janet Kaplan’s reign back in 1977 and left the firm in 1982 to go in-house to Atari, Heller’s client at the time. I’ll never forget how I came to Heller. I was in the midst of an interview with the Paralegal Manager at now defunct SF law firm when she suddenly said “you don’t want to work here — you should be at Heller Ehrman! That’s where you want to work!” She picked up her telephone and called Janet who said “send her over right now”. 3 days later …I got the offer and began working at a firm where I met friends who I consider the best in the world. There was something special about the team that Janet hired – Patty Mordecai and Joan Fink to name two of them. Kathy Rogers and Bob Glick never left! I had the good fortune of also working with the best and the brightest of associates and partners who included me as part of their team and valued my contributions. And, no matter what the pressure or the deadline, we always managed to have a great time.

I’ve moved on in my career and have been a legal recruiter for the past 16 years on the Peninsula and in SF. If I can be of any assistance to any of the support staff, please contact me at the number or email address listed below.”

Denise Bottarini
Managing Director
Landmark Legal Professionals
T: 415.621.5400
F: 415.983.9541


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