Helane Morrison is a person known for her astute legal mind, integrity and a desire to stand up for what’s right. She has also been a practicing attorney with over 10 years experience. That combination made her a good candidate for a position with the Security and Exchange Commission. Morrison was hired by the SEC in 1996 to be head of their San Francisco district office. The position required her to be in charge of the organization’s examination and enforcement activities. Morrison quickly developed a reputation as someone who could be trusted to investigate cases against any company accused of wrong-doing regardless of their size.
After three years on the job she was promoted to regional director. That put her in charge of companies in Alaska, Idaho, Northern California, Oregon, Montana, Washington and Northern Nevada. She was the first woman to hold that position. While serving as regional director she brought cases against a number of major companies. She also investigated investment advisors and brokers accused of insider trading and taking advantage of senior citizens. Morrison also warned people to be careful when using online investment sites. In 2007 she left the SEC to become general counsel and chief compliance officer for the San Francisco based private investment company Hall Capital Partners LLC.
Helane Morrison is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She left New York to study journalism at Northwestern University. After completing her undergraduate degree in journalism she enrolled at the University of California, Berkley and earned her juris doctor. While there she was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. After graduating Morrison was a law clerk for both Appeals Court Judge Richard A. Posner and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun for a year apiece. In 1986 she joined the San Francisco law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. Five years later she was made partner. She left to work with the SEC in 1996.
After 10 years practicing law and 11 years with the SEC, Morrison was hired by Hall Capital Partners. They were so impressed with the quality of her work and her dedication she was promoted to managing director and made an executive committee member. Helane Morrison has had a career that would make anyone proud. She’s proven to be a person of integrity and someone people can trust. Helane Morrison has made the most of her move to the West Coast.