Your Help Is Needed – Employees Committee

We  need your help!! The US Trustee’s office has formed an Unsecured Creditors Committee as part of the bankruptcy process but they have failed to appoint an ex-Heller Ehrman employee.  We run the risk of not having a voice in this process, and of having to seek individual attorney representation if needed.  

The next step is to urge the US Trustee’s office to form an Employees Committee which will allow us to have a voice on our claims and our issues involved with those claims.

Please, please, please take the time to copy and past the text below into an email and send it to Minnie Loo, Trial Attorney, US Trustee’s office at


Dear Ms. Loo:

I am writing as a former employee of Heller Ehrman LLP, debtor in Bankruptcy Petition #: 08-32514.  I, like over 700 other ex-Heller employees, am owed a substantial amount of money for wages, accrued vacation and other items some of which constitute a priority claim.

Despite the appearance of ex-Heller Ehrman employees at the January 5, 2009 meeting to form an Unsecured Creditors Committee, there currently is no such representation by ex-employees.  As a group, we have – as Debtor has stated – at least $20 million in claims which taken as a whole make us the third or fourth largest creditor in the case.  Despite having millions of dollars of claims as a group, it is financially burdensome for the individual employees (many of whom have not found substitute employment or earn a modest wage in their new jobs) to independently retain bankruptcy counsel.

There are many issues involved with the ex-employee claims and I am writing to urge you that an Employees’ Committee be formed by the US Trustee’s office as soon as possible so the employees have an adequate voice in the process.  Our main concern, besides having our voices diminished or dismissed during the process, is the lack of clear communication from the Debtor to what once was its greatest asset: its employees.  An example is the error-filled List of Verified Creditors submitted by Debtor on December 29, 2008 which has omitted hundreds of ex-employees and includes others who were terminated over a year ago.

It is imperative that this committee be formed as soon as possible to address the needs of the ex-employees of Heller Ehrman as creditors.

I appreciate your attention to this matter.  Thank you.


28 Responses to “Your Help Is Needed – Employees Committee”

  1. 1 Mr. Jones 7 January 2009 at 4:08 pm


  2. 2 hellerclerk 7 January 2009 at 4:10 pm


  3. 3 Former IT 7 January 2009 at 4:15 pm


  4. 4 Former Secretary 7 January 2009 at 4:28 pm


  5. 5 Former Associate 7 January 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Done. Fingers crossed.

  6. 6 FormerAssoc2 7 January 2009 at 5:52 pm


  7. 8 Former Legal Secretary 7 January 2009 at 6:01 pm


  8. 9 FormerHeller 7 January 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Done. Prayed to several gods.

  9. 11 Another Unemployed ex-Hellerite 7 January 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Done – thanks!!

  10. 12 Sad in San Diego 7 January 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Done and I sent a copy to all the Hellerites I had addresses for in case they aren’t checking here as often as I do.

  11. 13 Ex-Heller Legal Secretary 7 January 2009 at 6:54 pm


  12. 14 Starving in Seattle 7 January 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Done, this might be our Meal Ticket

  13. 15 And Then There Were None... 7 January 2009 at 7:06 pm


  14. 16 Observer 7 January 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Done, and I urge all others who see Tom’s post to send that email.
    Having said that, if Ms. Loo does not respond positively, we may have to turn to other means to get this before the court.

  15. 17 Not Giving Up 8 January 2009 at 12:25 am


  16. 18 Former Heller IT 8 January 2009 at 2:25 am


  17. 19 Former Heller SF Paralegal 8 January 2009 at 11:00 am


  18. 20 concerned 8 January 2009 at 11:02 am


  19. 21 Friend 8 January 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Sent. Thank you Thomas!

  20. 22 Another Former Hellerite 8 January 2009 at 1:19 pm


  21. 23 EyeinLA 8 January 2009 at 2:43 pm

    My pleasure to assist with this effort – any time, Erin

  22. 24 Former Librian 8 January 2009 at 3:25 pm


  23. 25 ex-HELLerite 8 January 2009 at 3:34 pm


  24. 26 Heller Lifer 8 January 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Done. You are truly a rock star for your coordination efforts.

  25. 27 News Elf 8 January 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Done. Thank you for the heads-up! ^^

  26. 28 Derner 9 January 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Sent. Thank you.

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