Archive for July, 2009

Heller SF headquarters reverts to lender

While I’ve posted the article, S.F. tower’s owners will foreit it to lender which appeared in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, over in the News Articles section, I feel the matter warrants a separate post here at Heller Highwater.

If you read the article you will see that the building’s former owners try to place the blame on the Heller Ehrman dissolution (and its impact on the 65% vacancy rate).  While Heller’s problems are directly related to a large block of 333 Bush being vacated prematurely, it also appears that Heller’s former landlord purchased the building at an inopportune time (in 2007 at the height of the real estate market) and that they were over-extended on their other properties.

I also wonder why 333 Bush Associates still sits on the Unsecured Creditors Committee with the U.S. Trustee’s office during this bankruptcy process.  Will they be asked to vacate their seat on the committee? Perhaps it will be offered to a former Heller Ehrman non-shareholder employee?

Right now the committee seems to be overloaded with former shareholders who have no incentive to oversee the collection of some $70 million in outstanding client billings owed to the estate.

The employees still have no voice on that committee despite repeated requests with the U.S. Trustee’s office.

(San Francisco Chronicle via SFGate)

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Job Posting: Contract Trainer – San Diego and Seattle

Travelling Coaches is in need of 1 resource in San Diego and 1 resource in Seattle for 2 different training opportunities.  Our client would prefer local resources if possible to reduce travel expenses.

San Diego

Elite WebView rollout
1-2 days of training the week of Aug 14 and on-site floor support Aug 21-22


DM5 rollout
10 days of training Aug 14-25

If you are available or know of someone who is, please contact Kellie Chandler with the info below.

IMPORTANT: please let Kellie know that you found this info on Heller Highwater! A former Heller employee (who I know personally) is trying to find positions like this to post here and it would be nice for her to get a referral bonus!

Kellie Chandler
Training Manager
Traveling Coaches, Inc.
1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2750 | Dallas, TX 75201
214.665.0240 (d) | 214.979.9786 (f)

Job Posting: Helpdesk III, San Francisco

This position at Morrison & Foerster LLP is listed at the International Legal Technical Associations’ Job Bank – make sure to visit and check out all the positions!

Helpdesk III – Job ID: 21322

Date Listed:
7/20/2009 11:20:00 AM

CA – San Francisco


Morrison & Foerster LLP, an AmLaw 20 law firm with 17 offices worldwide, has an openings for a Helpdesk III in our San Francisco office.

Morrison & Foerster LLP is a premier global law firm committed to delivering success for our clients around the world. We achieve that by hiring the best talent for every position in our firm. Our progressive workplace policies and our commitment to diversity and collegiality create an environment ideally suited to teamwork and collaboration. We are proud of our numerous workplace awards, including being named to FORTUNE’s list of Best Companies to Work For, American Lawyer’s ”A” list, and for several years running, have been the Vault survey’s #1 law firm for diversity.

As the Helpdesk III you will be responsible for providing Firmwide first-level technical support to attorneys and staff. Collaborate closely with others in Firmwide and office-based Technology Services groups, attorneys and staff. Ensure client services and satisfaction are attained in all areas of position.

Opening #1 (37.5 hours ): Sunday through Thursday – 9:00 pm to 5:00 am
Opening #2 (Part time 30 hours): Sunday through Wednesday – 9:00 pm to 5:00 am

1) College level course work in Information Systems Technology preferred. 2) Three years PC experience with an in depth hardware and software knowledge. 3) In-depth knowledge of Windows XP required. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. 4) Law firm experience preferable. 5) Talent for creating client satisfaction; demonstrated ability to focus on the client value in all work. 6) Talent for delivering client service through teamwork. 7) High client service ethic and a proven record in delivering exemplary client satisfaction to external and internal client constituencies. 8) Excellent writing skills; ability to present complex ideas succinctly and clearly. 9) Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. 10) Strong technical aptitude and understanding, including ability to quickly learn new applications. 11) Strong initiative to proactively increase value to the position. 12) Ability to manage multiple requests, assess priorities, and achieve solutions under deadlines. 13) Availability to work overtime; flexibility regarding work schedule. 14) Flexibility regarding work schedule to meet position needs outside of regular business hours. 15) Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines under sometimes stressful conditions. 16) Reliability, dependability, and strong motivation to respond to requests quickly. 17) Excellent teamwork skills and a strong client service orientation.

Please apply on-line by visiting the Careers link at
This job is listed under job ID 21322 (Flash technology is required).

Morrison & Foerster is not accepting resumes or referrals from agencies. If you are a recruiter, search firm, or employment agency, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if Morrison & Foerster hires the candidate.

Updated Docket Sheets

The docket sheets for the main bankruptcy case as well as adversarial proceeds brought by the Employees class as well as the Unsecured Creditors Committee have been updated and posted on the Bankruptcy page.

Docket (as of 7/14/2009):
2009-07-14 Docket Sheet

Adversarial Proceedings Docket Sheets (as of 7/14/2009):
Employees Adv. Proc. Dkt 7-14-09
Unsecured Creditors Committee Adv. Proc. No. 2. Dkt 7-14-09

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". . . 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."

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