The Fate of the Incoming Associates . . .

seems to have been decided.  According to Heller No More, a blog set up for the former incoming associates at Heller Ehrman, a letter has been sent out stating that they will not be reimbursed for expenses or paid any stipend monies as promised previously.  Surprised?  Not me.

The creator and author of Heller No More also announced that the blog has had its last post which is a bit sad but understandable.  I hate to see any fellow blogger throw in the towel but some blogs are meant to have a limited run especially one which catered to a group of people who were not quite yet Heller attorneys despite being handed a long list of promises and assurances.

While getting such a group that hasn’t even had a communal work experience organized enough to file a lawsuit or take action is difficult, I commend HNM for the good information put out over the past few weeks.

Keep these people in your thoughts and if you are in contact with any of them, let them know we’re thinking about them.

Over and out.

Heller Drone
Cruise Director


2 Responses to “The Fate of the Incoming Associates . . .”

  1. 1 Mr. Jones 20 November 2008 at 10:59 am

    For what it’s worth, I’m really sorry they got treated so poorly. Certainly none of the summer associates I knew in DC or Madison deserved this.

  2. 2 Observer 21 November 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Sad news. But all of the former incoming associates who don’t have new jobs (yet) should consider doing the following:

    1. Send the firm a demand letter, specifying the items and amounts that you are owed but have not been paid. State that these are contractual obligations, of which the firm is in breach. I would suggest sending it to Benvenutti, as chair of the Dissolution Committee, at his new address at Jones Day – S.F.

    2. Continue to follow events (here, or at Above The Law [caution on accuracy there]).

    3. If there happens to be a Heller bankruptcy filing (not predicting there will, or won’t be), file a claim in in it.


    There have been some rumors that Heller’s AR collections have been going well. It may well be that there is enough money at the end of the day to pay what you are owed, before the partners get anything. IMO, you should get what is owed you before they see any money.

    Good luck to you all.

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