The US Securities Exchange Commission once had one of the most vigilant watch dogs in the San Francisco area in the last decade, Helane Morrison. Morrison currently is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Hall Capital Partners, but spent years practicing law and bringing lawsuits against when necessary against big corporations. As head of San Francisco’s SEC office, she won cases in court against companies committing fraud, backdating their stocks, and using loopholes to avoid legal consequences for various transactions. Morrison was always tenacious in her fight for justice and is proud of her time spent at the SEC.
She started back when she got her degree at Northwestern University in journalism, and then later went to law school at the University of California at Berkley. She became interested in finance law while she clerked for both the Hon. Richard Posner at the US Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit, and then later Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Both men had a profound impact on Morrison, and she formed much of her beliefs from her time observing the litigation of various matters. Morrison became a full-time lawyer with Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin law firm in 1986, and in five years was promoted to partner status. She started becoming an accomplished legal expert during this time, helping to bring financial predators to justice and winning several lawsuits. In 1998 she started working for the SEC.
Helane Morrison began as a local manager, then became District Administrator and then Regional Director by the time she stepped down from the SEC. But by the time she left, the SEC had become a place where not only small unknown companies were prosecuted, but big companies too. Morrison didn’t just want to prosecute criminals, she also wanted to help restore the reputation of good investment professionals. So she joined Hall Capital in 2007, a company whose CEO and other executives are female. Morrison loves this firm not only because of its culture, but because it is dedicated to upholding honesty and integrity with its clients. As Chief Compliance Officer, Morrison overseas all activities and makes sure they fall within the boundaries of securities laws.