The Voice of Heller Passes

If you ever had the pleasure to call in to the main number of Heller Ehrman, LLP in San Francisco or your name was paged on the paging system, you knew The Voice of Heller – Ebba Jensen.

Sadly, Ebba passed away at her home today in San Francisco.  At this time there is no information as to services – but we will post that information as soon as it is available.


9 Responses to “The Voice of Heller Passes”

  1. 1 Observer 18 May 2010 at 7:47 pm

    A great voice and a great person.
    A very sad loss.

  2. 2 anon2 18 May 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Yes, we loved Ebba. Now Heller has really died.

  3. 3 teneya 18 May 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Ebba was more than the beautiful voice of Heller Ehrman. No one was more unique. She had a free spirit and a sassy “I’ll be who I am no matter what anyone else says” philosophy. There was no one on this Earth like her. What a wonderful blessing to have worked with Ebba. I only wish we could have had more time.

  4. 4 San Francisco Secretary 19 May 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I am startled to hear of her death – and very sad. She was a unique presence. I so hope that her last years were as kind and decent to her as she was to everyone else.

  5. 5 B.Turbeville 19 May 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Ebba was a calming influence on everyone and her beautiful voice made you want to believe you were working in a great firm. I called her up one time after she paged Fred Mertz, and told her every time she pages him, I think of “I Love Lucy.” We both laughed.

  6. 6 Ebba 22 May 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Ebba was such an awesome lady, I’m definite that she lived a great full-filling life.

  7. 7 Wondie Russell 23 May 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Ebba was one of the wonderful characters of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. No one who worked there and heard her lovely pages or recognized her voice when leaving messages will ever forget her. She was also generous hearted and helped on several of our community service projects. What a great gal!

  8. 8 Wondie Russell 23 May 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Sadly, I have an update for the Heller Ehrman community. Many of you may know that Catherine (Cathy) P. Rosen, has been battling non-smoker’s lung cancer since January. On Friday, she lost that battle. Cathy single-handedly invented a big firm attorney part-time role at Heller Ehrman. Devoted to her four young children, she approached the firm and described what she wanted to do, and they agreed to try it. Cathy retired from the firm after over thirty years of part-time litigation and full time motherhood (and eventually grandmotherhood). Keeping her work life and her home life in balance was challenging, and the scales occasionally were weighted to one or the other,but overall Cathy made it work. She was highly organized and efficient in approaching every project; she could have taught a time management course. Over the years, she contributed her legal talents, her insights, her exceptional people skills, and her calm, gentle demeanor to each of the numerous cases she worked on. Cathy was also an extraordinary mentor to generations of new litigators who could count on her to guide them through their initial assignments and help them navigate their apprentice days at Heller Ehrman. We will miss her warmth and loyalty.

  9. 9 B.Turbeville 23 May 2010 at 10:32 pm


    Thank you for relaying the heart breaking news, once again, after lovely Ebba. I loved Kathy and her love of life. She wanted everyone to enjoy life in the way she did. She generously told me about all of her travels and her visits with her very loved children and grandchildren. I often thought of her joie de vie and her ability to focus and get down to work. Wondie is absolutely right. Kathy Rosen respected time.

    I am so glad that she was able to travel the world and visit her children in Spain. She will be deeply missed, and like Ebba, her strength and love of life can remain with us.

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