Helane Morrison had humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University, Illinois. She attended the University of California, Berkley, School of Law. While there, she was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review and earned her Juris Doctor. In 1987, she was accepted to the State Bar of California.
In 1996, Morrison left her employment at a prestigious law firm, even though she was named a partner. That’s when she joined the SEC as head of regional enforcement activities for the San Francisco District Office. She was later promoted to the head of this office. Under Morrison, the office looked into several fraud cases, as well as cases alleging insider trading, investment violations and defrauding of seniors. She implemented a team of enforcement personnel, who investigate and sue those persons who cheat investors.
In August of 2007, the economic crisis began. Individuals were in a state of shock as the banks and institutions that handled their money collapsed. Banks even had a need to turn to the government for bailouts. The good side of all that is that investigations revealed fraud, falsified records, and underhanded dealings. Enter the SEC and Morrison’s team to clean up.
After the recession crisis, Morrison joined the team of Hall Capital. This financial company is one of the few that is completely run by women. This team emphasizes flexibility and resiliency. Employees collaborate with each other and are given the opportunity to buy into the company. Helane and her examination staff devote painstaking study to the records of all registered entities that do business with Hall Capital. She is firm in that every investment made on behalf of their clients is solid and ethical. Should her team discover something suspicious during their research, the team then goes forth with disciplinary action. This could be as simple as a written request to correct practices, or as severe as criminal charges.
Currently, she is a board member of the hedge fund subcommittee of the American Bar Association. Her passion for animal rights and the environment brought her to active participation on the board of the Regional Parks Foundation. She is known for her passion, her strength of conviction and her peerless devotion to ethics. On four occasions, Helane Morrison has been awarded the Most Influential Woman in the Bay Area Business and Public Sector. She got that title the hard way. She earned it.