Ties and Time To Bind

For some reason this is a post that I’ve stressed out over during the past 48 hours. While mulling over the “right words” in my head, I am continually self-analyzing (and self-criticizing) how I write and run this blog.

OK, Drone, just spit it out.

First, I really want to see the ex-employees of Heller Ehrman come together and work as one during the bankruptcy process. Now is not the time to be divided along attorney/non-attorney, Heller lifer/Heller short timer, class action suit/non-class action suit lines.

Second, the bankruptcy has basically placed a stay on all litigation filed in Federal and California Superior Court as well as on the wage claims process with the state labor boards. So no matter how you felt about the class action lawsuit, the named plaintiffs, the Nichols Kaster attorneys, it really doesn’t matter much right now.

Third, some may want a long, drawn out process in terms of securing representation, etc. but to be honest time is not on our side. And as Jayne Loughry has suggested, despite the claim process being made accessible to all ex-Hellerites, we still have some issues which necessitate the use of bankruptcy counsel. As stated in the previous post, I think working with Stephen Finestone will be our best option at this point.

Fourth, realize that I am wary of divulging strategy here on Heller Highwater and will be working with a very tight-knit group serving on the soon-to-be-formed Employees’ Committee. So some posts may seem cryptic from this point forward or they may lack information. Many posts will be pure journalistic reporting of what occurred that day in bankruptcy court.

Fifth, I try and use a “light hand” in guiding this blog and the actions of the ex-Hellerites. I don’t presume to speak for everyone but I do know that we need coordinated action. Right now with my non-employment status and my extensive blogging background, I have no problem lending my skills and services. I will  want and need assistance from others (maintaining contact lists, files, documents, forms, etc.) and more so as the process progresses.

The people who worked at Heller were unique and they worked in a firm with a unique culture. Each person I’ve been in contact with is a “can do” person and has learned (through all the years of Heller’s pro bono work fighting the status quo) what is possible when great minds, skills and hearts come together.  Let’s get working.

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6 Responses to “Ties and Time To Bind”


  1. 1 You Go Girl 3 January 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Heller Drone: For months you have epitomized the new age of community organizer, which fortunately commands renewed respect during this upcoming era of Obama. You’re right to identify the attributes that don’t bind and acknowledge that it’s going to take real effort to overcome those differences if we wish to achieve success in bankruptcy court. I derive inspiration from the success of the Republic Windows workers in Chicago, who in early December beat back the efforts of Bank of America and the company owners to screw them out of their WARN pay and benefits. With a united front, there’s no reason why the Heller Ehrman staff and attorneys can’t achieve the same result. Here’s to a cohesive 2009!

  2. 2 Jeff Richmond 3 January 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Onajiku! (For those who don’t watch samurai films, that means ditto, let’s go, one for all and all for one.)

  3. 3 Friend 3 January 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Thomas,

    I am unemployed now too so I am willing and able to help you in any way possible. Thanks for being there for us!

  4. 4 concerned 3 January 2009 at 5:27 pm

    United we stand — Divided we fall. Thanks for watching out for your fellow Heller employees.

  5. 5 Treading Water 3 January 2009 at 7:32 pm

    HD, we’re with you in this~ whatever you need, we’ll do out best to help you/us. Thank you so much for driving this tuna boat to shore!

  6. 6 In NY 6 January 2009 at 10:53 am

    The info is great, thanks! Anything at all I can do to help, please let me know.


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