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Commenting at Heller Highwater

Well folks, despite my best efforts to create a place where people could comfortably discuss issues about the Plan of Liquidation, Settlement or any other issues related to the demise of Heller Ehrman LLP, I’ve seen a definite up tick in comments that are not only crude, cruel, personal attacks and outright lies as part of a disinformation campaign.

Bloggers hate to stifle speech let alone moderate and edit comments.  But I won’t tolerate the posting of what someone purports to be a fact in the comments when I know from personal knowledge that it is untrue.  This is not a matter of opinion or view on an issue – this is when someone descends into rumor mongering disguised as fact in order to intimidate or sway opinions.

For now, heavy moderation of comments will take place.  I’d hate to turn off comments all together but that’s a consideration.  I highly suggest to those who want to turn this site into one of anarchy rather than one looking for solutions and providing assistance, to set up your own blog.  It is simple, takes less than five minutes and really, anyone can do it.

Over and out.

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End of the Day: 10/16/2008

We haven’t had an “end of the day” post for a few days now and your cruise director thinks it is high time we had one – we deserve it.

Recap of the past few days:

– another round of terminations are planned, emails sent out to many, far too many, passengers of the S.S. Heller Ehrman. Tomorrow is the last day for them – if you know anyone please send them your good thoughts. Tell them how it is a week later if you’ve been let go. Welcome them with open arms – we know we’ll make it ashore eventually

– Heller management has seen fit to make the Placement Opportunities website available externally – check it out here

– there is an offer to our Los Angeles passengers for a free coaching session – check it out you might be surprised

– various updates on a class action lawsuit by the loyal employees of Heller Ehrman LLP with various posts

– several passengers have filed various wage claims and WARN Act claims – read through this site for their advice

– if you were terminated last Friday or will be tomorrow, please see this post as to what you can do

Just a closing thought or two: I’ve been off the S.S. Heller Ehrman for a week now and still don’t have my bearings – it will take time I guess.  As many thanks and kind words have come in via email, I really feel the need to thank you all for your support.  I know it takes effort to just get up some days but when you sit in front of your keyboard and take the time to send feedback – any feedback – about this site, I want you to know it is appreciated.  Now if only I could turn this skill into a new job!  Is Carnival Cruises hiring?  Do they need an on-board blog master/mistress?

On a more serious note, as we’ve seen week by week, more passengers are unceremoniously tossed off the ship, and then you have to wonder who or what will be left.  And if you are in the water and floating about like me, while it isn’t great, it could be worse.  I would much rather be treading water with this group of supportive, driven, determined, intelligent, creative, sometimes contentious, many times sad but more times angry group of ex-Hellerites than with anyone else in the wide open sea.  Heller Ehrman knew what they had when they had us.  They knew our work ethic.  They knew our skills.  They knew our creativity.  

And yet some of them, perhaps a small sheltered group living in their elaborate penthouse deck, thought that we’d just quietly paddle to shore and look for the next passing ship.  Go our separate ways and never look back.  But did they really think that at a firm known for fighting for those outside the margins, those often not seen, those thrown overboard – did they really think that we had witnessed all that good work and had not learned a few things?

Tonight out on the Lido Deck, is a real rocker that is a fave of your cruise director: from 1982 here’s Patti Smyth and Scandal singing Goodbye To You.

End of the Day: 10/13/2008

A very quiet day – and no wonder.  Not many people left aboard the S.S. Heller Ehrman I guess.  I think having today as a holiday didn’t help much either – we were hoping to hear about your experiences with unemployment offices, etc.

Not much of a recap but now that the network of those privy to emails and information has shrunk, I am wondering if someone can confirm this issue:

– if you had money sitting in your Flexible Spending accounts, basically you can kiss it goodbye.  I am wondering if this is for valid expenses you had during your employment this year but for which you haven’t yet handed in receipts.  Or is it just all gone due to your termination? 

I’d appreciate any information along these lines especially if the much touted FAQ is updated and disseminated via email.

For today’s “cheesy 80s music” entertainment as one of our devoted followers so aptly put it, I present on the Lido Deck, a-ha with Take On Me.  Now most of you know this music video, it having even been spoofed in an episode of Family Guy.  But this production by DustFilms is quite funny and sort of “splains” what is actually going on.  I wish someone could do that for me in terms of the S.S. Heller Ehrman.

End of the Day: 10/10/2008

Well kids, I along with a few hundred of my co-workers have been “made redundant” as the Brits say.  I guess, according to the oh-so-personal way of notifying me – via email – that my services are non-essential.  So I will join the rest of you in the unemployment line and filing a wage claim etc.

I will miss Heller Ehrman but I won’t miss the mind games, the sloppiness of its communications or lack thereof in its final days.  I will miss my closest co-workers as well as the ones I’ve been able to meet – virtually – as part of this project.

What will I do now?  I am not sure yet but your old Cruise Director is feeling a life change coming on.  And part of being connnected with oneself is knowing when those changes come and capitalizing on them.  Some have told me that I am a Polly Anna looking a the glass half-full but I don’t have a choice.  I can be bitter or I can be better.  I choose better.

What I won’t stop doing is managing this blog.  There are still crew members on the S.S. Heller Ehrman and my fear is that their fate may be worse than mine or that of others.  They may come in one day and get an email like we did and then have to leave, without a final paycheck or accrued vacation.

Heller Highwater will still be here for all of you – ex-Hellerites and Hellerites.  And for our other readers and we know who you are: those at other law firms in a similar position as Heller Ehrman LLP and those who just want to follow the saga of the S.S. Heller Ehrman.

No recap today – just too much actually.  But I will probably be posting over the weekend if I get info.

For tonight’s entertainment I’m presenting something I’ve been saving.  Let me warn you this is not an easy one.  And I’ll also say that I am not an overly-spiritual person but I am very grounded and centered in my sprituality.  There are times when you just have to let go and let God, Goddess, Buddha, Mohammed, Flying Spaghetti Monster, Ceiling Cat or whatever your preference is.  Please take a look at this film about Hopratio Spafford who lost his son, his business and most of his family yet after all that could see the glass as half full.

On the Lido Deck, with subdued lighting and lots of cocktails with umbrellas is The Innocence Mission with It Is Well With My Soul.

End of the Day: 10/9/2008

What a difference a day makes, no?  


  • Lots of news articles to check out
  • If you want more information on what Heller support staff can do as a group if there is a bankruptcy filing, email
  • Alston + Bird LLP has positions in Palo Alto and Washington, DC
  • Barry Levin and Patty Thayer are attempting to put together a list of Heller secretaries who are seeking employment and such list will be passed on to shareholders and their new firms.  What we don’t understand is why the same offer has not been made to IT staff, paralegal and the lovely voices of Heller Ehrman in the San Francisco office (aka Reception)
  • In case you missed it, the Plan of Dissolution was leaked earier today and makes for some fine reading
Well we are so tempted to continue with some god-awful German entertainment, considering all the sturm und drang of late, but your Cruise Director wants to take refuge in his reliable, familiar 80s haven.  Tonight on the Lido Deck is The Ocean Blue (love the name) with Between Something and Nothing.

End of the Day: 10/8/2008

This is one of the days that mama said there’d be, right?  But I’m still here, readers are still here, people are stopping by but we seem no closer to the shore today.  Notice how I don’t care for the term “rescue” which, given recent talk of “bail out,” has a sullied connotation.  

We don’t need to be rescued – we just need to be given the proper tools to get to shore on our own.  And those tools are that to which we are entitled and should expect to receive from the management of a once world-class law firm.  


Tonight’s entertainment comes to us from Germany (back when there was a West and an East Germany for you younguns) in the form of Cindy and Bert singing what has been called Der Hund Von Baskerville which we know to be a version of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid.  See, your Cruise Director knows his way around the German tongue and thinks that this clip, even without a rudimentary understanding of German, is just bizarre.  Confidential to Bert: nice scarf, pretty boy.

End of the Day: 10/7/2008

Not my best day, I’ll admit.  But readers should know that I have no problem with criticism and trying to listen to the other sides of a discussion.  And when I’m wrong I’m wrong and will admit it.  I will admit that I was too harsh in my criticism of today’s goodbye emails.   Perhaps it was the fact that they came one after another.  Perhaps it was the reminder that many of us haven’t made it off the S.S. Heller Ehrman.  Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.


Tonight’s entertainment is over on the Lido Deck and we have the Icicle Works singing “Whisper To A Scream.”  Sometimes that’s very true.

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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."

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