Helane L. Morrison is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a Juris Doctorate from the UC Berkeley law school. After spending 10 years practicing law with the Califonia based law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, the Brooklyn, New York native was hired as the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s San Francisco District Office. After three years of excellent service she was promoted to district administrator. Morrison was the first woman to hold that post and one of the few women in leadership positions within the SEC.
As district administrator Morrison was in charge of the SEC’s examination and enforcement programs. Her jurisdiction covered the a region that included Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Northern Nevada, Northern California and Washington. During her time there she led the investigation into NextCard, a McKesson HBOC subsidiary and numerous other high profile investigations of fraud, insider trading and violations committed by investment brokers and advisors. During her 11 years with the SEC Morrison earned the reputation of someone bent on ensuring just prevailed for all citizens.
In 2007 Morrison left the SEC and became Chief Compliance Officer and general council for Hall Capital Partners, a San Francisco based private investment company. Her training and experience made her perfect for the position and she became an integral part of the company. Within a few years of her hiring, Helane Morrison was promoted to managing director and was made an executive committee member.
Morrison’s success was not a surprise. She had long displayed a deep understanding of and respect for the law. While in law school she was the California Law Review’s editor in chief. She also spent two years working as a law clerk first with U.S. Appellate court judge Richard A. Posner and then U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. She was also made a partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin after just 5 years in private practice. It is all a reflection of Helane Morrison’s discipline and hard work. She has shown herself to be a well-trained, highly-skilled professional.
When Helane Morrison left Brooklyn headed to Northwestern University, her goal was a degree in journalism. But she has done a great deal more. She’s defended the rights of countless clients, stood up to powerful companies on behalf of the common man, many of the senior citizens and played a major role at Hall Capital Partners.