The Career and Life of Helane Morrison

Currently, Helane Morrison serves as the General Counsel, Managing Director and the Chief Compliance Officer for Hall Capital Partners, located in San Francisco. Hall Capital has been named as one of the most successful investment companies within California. One thing that makes the investment company unique is that it is entirely run by women, with Morrison starting at the firm in 2007. Before joining the firm, she had served as the head of San Francisco office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, holding this position from 1999 to 2007. While she was at the office of Securities and Exchange Commission, she was responsible for regulatory issues, fraud litigation and securities law enforcement for Northern California, and five other states in the Northwest. And before taking on the role at the San Francisco office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, she was the head of enforcement at the San Francisco SEC office, where she was from 1996 to 1999. The reason that Morrison first joined Hall Capital Partners, was due partly to the diverse leadership culture of the diversity of the firm within the financial industry. Another reason was that she realized nine years following the 2007-2008 market crash investors after the crash seemed to have not regained their confidence for financial professionals within the industry. One of the goals she had going into her position at Hall Capital was to help in restoring the public’s confidence when investing in the financial market. She has
the belief that her current position will help in her accomplishing these goals. Morrison is a justice trailblazer, and she carries the fight against corporate crimes in whatever position that she has held.

In her early career, Helane graduated for the Northwestern University in Chicago with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Journalism. Following her undergraduate work, she went on to the University of California in Berkeley, where she received her J.D. from the school of law. While she was earning her J.D. she worked as the editor-in-chief for the California Law Review. After she had passed the bar, her first job out of school was as a law clerk at Hon. From 1984 to 1985, she worked for Richard Posen, who was part of the US Court of Appeals in the Seventh District. And then from 1985 to 1986, she worked for Harry Blackmun, who served as Supreme Court Justice. Following Helane Morrison‘s time working for Blackmun, she joined the Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Flak and Rabkin law firm from 1986-1996, before starting at the office for Securities and Exchange Commission.

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