The Power of Fear

I’ve been in touch with several ex-Hellerites who’ve told me that they don’t want to join the class action or even file a proof of claim for fear that they might not get a recommendation or reference from an attorney or shareholder at Heller Ehrman.

“1, 2, 3, 4, . . .” Sorry.  Just counting to ten before I write anything else.  More than anger it saddens me that anyone who was an employee of Heller Ehrman – and is owed money to which they are rightfully entitled – would have this mindset.

I understand that the economy sucks, the job market is tight and there are some real horror stories of survival going on.  But you should never sell yourself short when it comes to recovering monies that were basically taken from you by Heller Ehrman and the banks.

I can relate my own experience: up until this past week, I was unemployed for over five months.  I recently secured a position with Mayer Brown here in Chicago in the legal IT field and during the entire interview and reference checking process, I did not hide the fact that I am part of a class action suit.  Hell, I wasn’t even shy (nor ever have been, for that matter) about running this blog.

If you have concerns about securing references and recommendations here is my personal advice:

1.  Join LinkedIn which is a free networking resource for professionals.  There is a large presence of former Heller Ehrman employees.  You will be able to connect with them and this is the bet part: you can ask them to write you a recommendation online to be posted with your profile.  You can also write recommendations for those ex-Hellerites you worked with and feel were valuable assets to the firm.  

2.  Stay in contact with people you want to use as references.  If they are non-Heller people, then call them up and make sure they understand what is going on with the dissolution and bankruptcy.  I am pretty certain you will find a very sympathetic crowd.

3.  Seek out other social media venues such as Facebook and Twitter to expand your contacts.  

In no way should you talk yourself into accepting less than what you are entitled to especially when it comes to any money that Heller Ehrman owes to you.  

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4 Responses to “The Power of Fear”


  1. 1 B.Turbeville 26 March 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Yep, and this is testimony that I am a “fearful one!” I read the title of your article as “THE FEAR OF POWER” instead of “THE POWER OF FEAR”.

    Thanks for your info and input, Thomas.

  2. 2 Travis Bickle 26 March 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Is zero recovery basically the worst case scenario for someone who joins the class action ?

  3. 3 Unknown 26 March 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Congratulations! I’m so happy to hear that you secured a position with Mayer Brown in Chicago in the legal IT field!

  4. 4 B.Turbeville 27 March 2009 at 9:42 am

    Thomas, Congrats on landing a position at Mayer Brown!


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