Helane Morrison was the former Regional Director with the SEC Pacific northwest division, based in San Francisco. Morrison is now the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a financial investment firm, Hall Capital Partners. But while she was with the SEC, Morrison helped file civil lawsuits and prosecute some major financial firms. The SEC had mostly gone after lesser-known entities and small cases, but under Morrison’s leadership even the big corporations could not hide securities violations and fraudulent activities. Morrison has spent much of her career fighting against fraud, but now she’s helping a big company uphold integrity.
Helane Morrison went into law originally, getting her undergrad from Northwestern University, and then completing her J.D. at the University of California at Berkley. Morrison became a clerk for the US Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit, where Richard Posner was judge at the time. She then moved to the US Supreme Court where she also clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun. Blackmun made an impact on Morrison in the manner he ruled on legal hearings, and Morrison decided to adopt his philosophy. Morrison decided to start her law career with Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin law firm, and in a few years she became a partner.
Morrison became interested in financial law, having seen how some hedge fund managers and financiers were taking advantage of their clients. She helped litigate some difficult cases, but was always determined to see justice served. As she became more experienced in financial law and securities enforcement, the SEC decided to have her come work for them. She started out as head of the local enforcement division, became a District Administrator, and eventually the Regional Director. She served at the SEC for about 9 years, but decided it was time to make a good name in the financial industry.
Hall Capital Partners attracted Morrison largely due to the culture and ethics embodied at the firm. It also happens to be managed by two other female executives including CEO Kathryn Hall, and Managing Partner Sarah Stein. Not only has Morrison seen this as an opportunity to break glass ceilings, she also wanted to show that the public could still trust the investment firm to make sound investing decisions. Morrison is happy to bring her legal experience to making sure all transactions uphold the law.