Helane Morrison is an American lawyer and businesswoman. She was born in Brooklyn, New York. Helane went to Northwestern University where she attained a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She proceeded to the University of California, School of Law where she got her Juris Doctor. Morrison began her career in the law sector as a law clerk for a Supreme Court Justice. She moved to the law firm of Rice, Canady, Howard, Nemerovski, and Falk & Rabkin situated in San Francisco. Later on, she became a partner of the firm. She dealt with business litigation, internal corporate investigations, defense of private security activities, and SEC matters. She left in 1996.
She was hired by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as the director of regional enforcement activities at the San Francisco Office. She received a promotion and became the district administrator, making her the first woman to serve as the District Chief. Due to her good work, she became the regional director. Her role was to supervise examination, litigation, and enforcement matters under her jurisdiction, which included Northern California, Alaska, Idaho, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Montana, and Washington.
Helane represented the SEC in business, legal, government agencies, news media, and financial committees. Under her reign, San Francisco office exposed many high profile cases involving untouchable executives from NextCard Inc. Hewllet Packard, Google, as well as HBO & Co. Helane also exposed American Amicable as the company was selling false securities. Morrison supervised three major investigations that led to enforcement actions against the Republic Securities of New York.
During her tenure, the staff at the San Francisco office doubled due to the increased workload for the enforcement as well as the examination staff. The examination staff studied the records and books of registered firms such as brokerage firms, investment advisors, and mutual funds. They then forward the case to the enforcement staff or deal with minor problems by writing deficiency letters to the business and requesting corrections. The enforcement personnel investigate and prosecute businesses who cheat investors. Morrison’s achievements at SEC were very impressive.
Morrison was hired by Hall Capital Partners LLC as the Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, and General Counsel of Hall Capital Partners, LLC. In addition, Helane is also a member of the executive committee of the firm. The pioneering spirit of the company motivated Helane to leave SEC and join Hall Capital.
From the beginning, Morrison has worked very hard to prevent corruption. She has succeeded in revolutionizing the financial industry and exposing unscrupulous brokers. Morrison has left a mark for the three decades she has been in the industry.