A Parting Shot From Seattle

TO:  All left aboard the ship

FROM:  Bill Maer

Before everyone is gone, I wanted to send out my own farewell email message. There is no way to put a good face on what is happening here.  I do not know how it happened, but my guess is a few arrogant and none-too-bright shareholders in San Francisco — people who, for most of their careers with Heller Ehrman, treated everyone who was not part of their inner circle as “the help” — managed to sink the ship.  Now, as they abandon ship for their next million dollar jobs, they are sending out their fond and often trite farewells, when they should be sending out apologies to all of you.  With each one of those messages, I grow more angry.  It does not help much, but I know that every person in this office is a better human being than the best of those who led this Firm to failure.

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7 Responses to “A Parting Shot From Seattle”


  1. 1 Aunt Tora 16 October 2008 at 11:38 am

    Bill Maer I love you!!

  2. 2 HellerClerk 16 October 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Bill is a good man, and will be missed dearly.

  3. 3 To Heller And Back 16 October 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I love his new movie, “Religulous.”

  4. 4 Anon2 16 October 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Bill, there are many, many of us that agree completely with your assessment of the few arrogant, self-centered shareholders that not only sunk the ship, but have already landed swiftly in another million dollar job – less than 2 weeks after shedding crocodile tears in front of the SF staff, Barry Levin has landed at Orrick. As far as I know, he has not bothered to look back or contact his former staff people – he’s only thinking about himself, as usual. But thanks for putting it into words for us, Bill. Good luck to you!

    Another Fellow Survivor

  5. 5 Hellerite 16 October 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for telling it like it is!!

  6. 6 HellerEscapee 17 October 2008 at 12:59 am

    I always liked Bill Maer, having worked in the Seattle office, and now I like him even more. If there were more people like Bill running the show, this probably wouldn’t have happened.

  7. 7 Still in Seattle 17 October 2008 at 9:56 am

    The “parting shot from Seattle” was an email message sent only to folks remaining in the Seattle Office. It was not intended to be published on this web site, none of which is to say the sentiment is not appropriate to the web site.


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