The Incoming Associates and Moving Expenses

Now here’s a right ugly situation to which we’ve been alerted.  We all know that the class of Incoming Associates at Heller had their start dates moved back to January and were promised a $10K stipend which never came through.

Also, in preparation for starting at Heller, many moved to their respective cities with the promise that Heller would pay the moving expenses.  Little did some of the New York people know that when they signed the bill of lading with Atlas Van Lines for their move, that they also agreed to this provision: if Heller Ehrman did not pay the moving expenses, then they (Incoming Associates) would be held responsible for the costs.

According to our source, here are the details:

– the bills were submitted to Accounting way back in October 2008 if not earlier

– some Incoming Associates insist that they never signed such forms despite Atlas Van Lines’ statements but Atlas refuses to make copies of the forms available to people who are trying to resolve the situation

Some of the Incoming Associates have asked whether they should file a Proof of Claim during the bankruptcy process and the answer is Yes not only for the moving fees but for the stipend, bar exam fees, and anything else contractually promised to them by Heller.

One thing you could do which would help, is contact Atlas Van Lines using their email contact form on their website ( and let them know that they should be filing a claim against Heller and need to prove that the forms were signed and the process of collecting from the Incoming Associate is in fact part of the bill of lading.


2 Responses to “The Incoming Associates and Moving Expenses”

  1. 1 Observer 30 January 2009 at 5:01 pm

    A claim amount for the moving expense will be subject to objection, and likely disallowed, unless the incoming associate has actually paid that moving expense. Per express provision of the bankruptcy code on contingent co-liability claims.

    (Facts of life: Moving company bills of lading all make the actual recipient of the moved goods co-liable with any third party who has the top-level liability for the moving expense.)

  2. 2 Thomas MacEntee 30 January 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks Observer – I figured it was pretty standard language on the moving bill but I’m trying to help out these people as best as possible and I think the more attention the situation gets the better.

Comments are currently closed.

Life preserver.jpg
Remember the words of Rev. Frank Scott (Gene Hackman in The Poseidon Adventure):

". . . sitting on our butts is not going to help us either. Maybe by climbing out of here, we can save ourselves. If you've got any sense, you'll come along with us."

Contact Us!

Send us your information as to job leads, networking, or just plain vent!
Go ahead, say it!
Add to Technorati Favorites
Bloggers' Rights at EFF


This blog has been created by Thomas MacEntee.

Recent Comments

Terms of Service

Heller Highwater (
Last Modified: September 14, 2008

- Don't be a dill weed.

- Treat other people the way you want to be treated.

- Ladies and children first.

- This is a rescue, not a bitch session.

- Help don't harm.

- Save the snarks for the attorneys and Above The Law.

Heller Highwater is not:

- a place to practice viscious and vindictive "whisper down the lane" rumour-mongering;

- a place to bad mouth co-workers;

- a place for diatribes against specific people or specific incidents;

- a place to heap pity on poor Heller Ehrman staff by outsiders;

- a place that discriminates or sets margins noting who is outside and who is inside - we even welcome supportive Heller Ehrman attorneys!;

- meant to further the demise of Heller Ehrman, LLP.

Heller Highwater is:

- a place for support, a place of empowerment, a place of passion;

- a place to learn about job leads, resume preparation, skill building, training, new opportunities, and how to succeed in a new workplace;

- a place to keep up on the latest news as to how Heller Ehrman management intends to treat its support staff as it winds down its operations - will it be every woman for herself? or will it be "let me hold the door for you and is there anything else I can do for you"?

- a place of refuge.

Note: in no way, shape or form is Heller Highwater sanctioned, supported or even recognized, (but it is very likely monitored) by the management of Heller Erhman, LLP. The opinions represented here and on each and every page of Heller Highwater do not constitute the opinions of Heller Ehrman, LLP or its shareholders or its management. In addition, the comments left by visitors do not reflect the opinions of Heller Highwater.

%d bloggers like this: