Brooklyn, New York native Helane Morrison had an unimpeachable career with the Securities and Exchange Commission. She began her career with the organization in 1996 after practicing law for 10 years. Morrison was hired to be the head of the San Francisco district of the SEC. Her job was to run the organization’s examination and enforcement programs. She did such a good job that in three years she became the first woman to be promoted to regional director. Morrison earned a reputation as an official that was willing to go to the mat with any company accused of illegal activity.
While with the SEC Morrison brought cases against several major companies. They included NextCard and a McKesson HBOC subsidiary. She also brought cases against investment brokers and advisors that were alleged to have been involved in insider trading and other violations including defrauding senior citizens. While at the San Francisco office of the SEC Morrison doubled the size of the staff and their workload as she went after scofflaws. Morrison was beloved by the staff and the constituents she represented. They found her to be open, honest and responsive. In 2007 Morrison left the SEC after 11 years.
Helane Morrison is a well-educated, experienced professional. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a juris doctor from the School of Law at University of California, Berkeley in 1984. While in law school Morrison was the California Law Review’s editor-in-chief. She passed the California bar exam in 1987 and then served for a year apiece as U. S. Supreme Court Judge Harry Blackmun and Appeals Court Judge Richard Allen Posner’s law clerk. Helane Morrison was then hired at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, a law firm based in San Francisco. She became a partner in the firm five years later and left to take a position with the SEC after 10 years.
After her 10 years practicing law and 11 years with the SEC’s San Francisco district office, Helane Morrison became Chief Compliance Officer and general counsel for Hall Capital Partners. The San Francisco based private investment firm was so impressed with her work Morrison was quickly promoted to managing director of the company and an executive committee member. Morrison’s body of work is truly impressive. Plus she has developed a reputation for honesty, integrity and hard work in every organization with which she has worked.