San Francisco based financial services company Hall Capital Partners hired Helane Morrison as their chief compliance officer and general counsel in 2007. That proved to be a wise move. Within a few years they were so impressed with her work, they made her managing director and gave her a seat on the executive board. For people that know Morrison, her success at Hall Capital Partners does not come as a surprise. Helane Morrison has been successful everywhere she has gone. This has been true in college and in her career as a professional working in the legal field and with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Helane Morrison started her college career at Northwestern University. After earning her B.A. in Journalism, she moved on to law school at the University of California at Berkley. While in law school, Morrison was selected editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. When she got her law degree, Helane Morrison served as a law clerk for two prominent judges. The first was Judge Richard Posen of the U.S. Court of Appeals. She followed that by spending a year clerking for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Morrison then went on to a career in private practice.
As a young attorney Helane Morrison was hired by the California law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in 1986. By 1991, she was named a partner in the firm. At the law firm Morrison’s work dealt primarily with business litigation. She also worked on private securities actions as well as SEC related matters. Morrison left the law firm in 1996 and was hired by the SEC as head of their San Francisco office. Again her exemplary work led to Helane Morrison being promoted. She became the first woman to be named an SEC regional director.
In her new job Morrison was responsible for regulatory issues, fraud litigation and securities law enforcement. While in that position Helane Morrison protected the public from fraudulent predators. She investigated top Fortune 500 companies for financial fraud and uncovered military personnel being victimized by fraudulent securities sales. Morrison also exposed Ernst and Young auditors were illegally destroying audit papers. See also defended senior citizens being defrauded, worked to eradicate insider trading and warned the public that online trading websites were potentially dangerous.
In 2007 Helane Morrison left the SEC and began a successful career with Hall Capital Partners that continues to today.