Craft in the City

The Amazing Helane Morrison

Helane Morrison joined Hall Capital Partners in 2007 after Wall Street had crashed in infamy from corruption scandals. She had been an officer at the Securities and Exchange Commission for eight years, as the main investigator and law enforcement official for 5 Northwestern states and the Northern California region. She was instrumental in the prosecution of the robber barons that she found had bilked thousands of investors through fraud, such as Bernie Madoff. She was also the media face of the SEC and even to other governmental agencies.

Morrison joined Hall Capital partly to fulfill her personal goal to help restore confidence in Wall Street financial companies and the industry as a whole. She also enjoyed the diverse culture of leaders at the firm, all managed by women. She is the Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, and Managing Director, located in the San Francisco office of the company; one of the most successful investment houses in the state of California.

She began in a career with journalism, but ended up being diverted into working with the Federal government. Whatever field she has worked in, Helane has always stood firm against corporate crime and any form of corruption. She is a strong example of a business person who stands for strong business through staunch affinity for operating with good ethics and moral values.

Morrison has a BS degree from Northwestern University in Chicago in Journalism. Her J.D. was earned from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law. She was the University’s editor-in-chief at the California Law Review. She clerked for the US Court of Appeals Judge, the Honorable Richard Posen. She also clerked for Harry Blackmun, an Associate Supreme Court Justice. After a few years in these positions, Helane Morrison joined the Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin law firm, where she distinguished herself for 10 years. Most of her work has been around business litigation and other issues for companies dealing with the SEC.

One of the reasons Morrison left the SEC was that during the investigations of 2007 into Wall Street wrong doing, she discovered how very few women were represented as leaders in the financial sector. She was concerned that so few women were in the positions to make financial decisions for corporations. She also noted that few women were working hard to break through the “glass ceiling” to the top ranks of business. Thus, she made a dramatic change in her career and joined the financial sector to fight for equality there. Read more about her SEC days in this SFGate article.

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