Watch for the S.S. Thelen

In case you haven’t heard or read the news, it appears that many of our colleagues at another San Francisco law firm, Thelen LLP are in a boat very similar to the S.S. Heller Ehrman:

If you know anyone over there, please send them your good thoughts and tell them about Heller Highwater if they don’t already know about it.  And offer them any help you can – many of us have time on our hands while we search for new landing spots, and it does much for your karma to assist them even if it is only moral support.

Over and out.

Heller Drone

Cruise Director 


4 Responses to “Watch for the S.S. Thelen”

  1. 1 Anon 28 October 2008 at 5:34 pm

    We are in fact in a boat almost identical to the SS Heller. Compare the Brittanic to the Titanic.

    Word from the top is that the loss of partners triggered a default in lines of credit, followed by a chain reaction almost identical to the one at Heller. WARN notices go out this week, but pay is only guaranteed for 30 days. No accrued vacation.

    Its every man or woman for themselves.

  2. 2 Observer 28 October 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Condolences to Thelen comrades.

    I worked there before moving to Heller . . . .

    You can’t run, you can’t hide.

  3. 3 101 28 October 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Drone, you have already done us a a great favor and we thank you for your offer of additional support. You’ve saved us a ton of work and given us a lot of great ideas. I thank you on behalf of myself and many others.

    I also want to compliment those who leave comments here. Your readers have shown class, and stayed away from childish snark that you find on many other legal blogs. I think a lot of your readers will relate to this: My first thought when I read those idiotic comments is, “I sure wouldn’t want this one as my lawyer”.

    Keep it coming and thanks again.

  4. 4 Randy Wilson 1 November 2008 at 8:18 am

    Check out the latest Chron article on Heller/Thelen:

    If argues that the twin demise is a fluke for SF legal. I disagree. If you add in the Brobeck demise of 2003, that’s three giant firms gone from the landscape in this decade. Name another city where that’s happened?

    Randy Wilson

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