Helane Morrison works for Hall Capital Partners where she fills the roles of Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, and General Counsel. Hall Capital Partners, based in San Francisco, is an investment company that is entirely headed by women. Before Morrison joined the company in 2010 she had headed the Securities and Exchange Commission’s San Francisco office for 14 years.
Morrison started at the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1996 and headed the agency’s securities law enforcement efforts. The San Francisco office is responsible for enforcement in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Northern California. During her career with the SEC she exposed many criminals who took advantage of consumers and investors. She took actions especially during the financial crisis of 2007-2008 when the global economy imploded due to corruption in the banking and financial industries. Among her many accomplishments was bringing to light the illegal destruction of audit papers at Ernst & Young and other large financial firms. She also defended many senior citizens who were defrauded by financial advisors, as well as working for military personnel who were sold fraudulent securities.
Morrison earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. She went on to obtain her J.D. from The School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She started her professional legal career as a law clerk for Hon. Richard Posen of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th District. She was also a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. After garnering these experience she entered the private sector when she joined law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Robbin. It was after a successful 10 years at this law firm, during which time she became a Partner, that she joined the Securities and Trade Commission.
One of Helane Morrison’s main goals at Hall Capital Partners is to do her part in helping the public restore their confidence in the financial markets. She has been very successful at the company and in August 2016 was named as one of the Women on the Move by the San Francisco Business Times. Hall Capital Partners has over $24 billion in assets under management which Morrison makes sure is handled in an ethical and responsible manner on behalf of their clients.