When experienced attorney Helane Morrison was hired by the all-female staff at investment company Hall Capital Partners as general counsel and chief compliance officer, it was the perfect fit. Morrison had the ideal skillset to do the job. She had enjoyed a 10 year legal career and worked for 11 years with the Security and Exchange Commission handling business compliance issues. While working as an attorney she had defended businesses accused of malfeasance and argued in their defense before the SEC. She knew the problems many businesses face and the mistakes they make.
Helane Morrison’s undergraduate degree in Journalism from Northwestern University helped to give her the communication skills the job required. After earning her undergraduate degree, Morrison had gone on to Berkeley Law School at the University of California. While in law school she served as the California Law Review’s editor in chief. When she completed law school and passed the California Bar exam, she then served as a law clerk for Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner for a year. After that Morrison was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun’s law clerk for a year.
In 1996 Helane Morrison was hired by Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, a San Francisco law firm. While there, she represented business clients in cases brought before the SEC. She also focused on business litigation matters. Five years into her law career, Helane Morrison was made a partner at the law firm. After 10 years in private practice, she moved on to the Securities and Exchange Commission as head of their San Francisco office in 1996. Three years later Morrison made history when she became the SEC’s first female regional director.
Morrison’s new position put her in charge of enforcement and business matters related to companies in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, North California and northern Nevada. She had to ensure transparent business dealings and work with other government agencies and the media. She defended defrauded military personnel and senior citizens and protected the public from unscrupulous entities and dangerous online trading websites. Helane Morrison resigned from the SEC in 2007 after 11 years. She then joined Hall Capital Partners where she was quickly promoted to general manager and elected to the executive board.
During the 10 years Helane Morrison has spent with the company she has made many valuable contributions. It’s been a good match between their needs and her skillset.