Helane Morrison is currently a Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Hall Capital Partners in San Francisco. Hall Capital is one of the leading investment firms in the state of California owned wholly by women. Morrison has served at the firm for almost a decade. She joined Hall Capital in 2007 after leaving SEC where she had worked since 1996.
At SEC, she served as an administrator in charge of fraud litigation, securities law enforcement and regulatory issues in the Northern and Northwestern California region from 1999 to 2007. Her promotion to administrator was announced in 1999, becoming the first ever woman to hold that position of District’s Chief.
Morrison’s track record as a principled lawyer having worked at the SEC for three years before the promotion suggested she would excel even faced with new responsibilities. Her role in enforcing the office’s aggressive agenda on spoke for itself. Her strong fight on corruption and corporate crimes stem from her deep-rooted value of integrity and a strong sense of what is right from what is wrong.
Morrison’s duty in exposing and stopping the cunning efforts of morally corrupt bank brokers who misuse their powerful positions to advance their financial gains saw her respected as an administrator. Her fight for industrial justice was to prevent economic disasters such as the economic crisis experienced in 2007 as a result of extensive corporate manipulation.
The financial effects of the crisis were termed as tremendous by economists. It was considered the worst economic turmoil in the US since the great depression of the 1930s. It left a multitude of people unemployed and financial institutions needing a government bailout to stay afloat. Morrison’s contribution at the SEC has led to the creation of fair and ethical business practices in the sector.
About Helane Morrison
Morrison attended college at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois where she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. While at the University of California, School of Law earning her J. D. she found work as an editor-in-chief at the California law review. After passing the bar examinations, Morrison’s law career began working at the US Court of Appeal for the Seventh District where she served for a year.
After leaving the US Court of Appeals in 1985, she joined the Supreme Court where she worked for another year before joining a private law firm. She worked at the law firm from 1986. Through hard work and tenacity, she was elevated to partner in 2001. She continued with the firm until 1996 after which she joined the SEC.