Helane Morrison, From Newspaper Reporter to Highly Successful Lawyer

Helane Morrison, a lawyer, and a former regional director for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. She is presently affiliated with Hall Capital Partners LLC as the general counsel and chief compliance officer and has been with them since 2007.


Ms. Morrison, born in Brooklyn, New York attended Northwestern University and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She also received her Juris Doctor in 1984 from the University of California, Law School and was accepted to the California Bar Association in 1987.


Her career began in 1984 as a law clerk for Richard A. Posner, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She then worked for Harry Blackmun, United States Supreme Court in 1985, after which she joined the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady , Falk and Rabkin in San Francisco. They made her a partner in the firm in 1994 where she stayed until 1996


In 1996 she went to work for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is a government agency that enforces the federal securities laws and regulates the securities industry. The U. S Securities and Exchange Commission was formed 82 years ago in 1934.


She joined the Commission as the head of the regional enforcement activities for the San Francisco District Office. Her position here made her responsible for overseeing the enforcement and examination programs under that office’s authority. In 1999 they promoted her to district administrator and then later to the regional director.


She brought some high-profile cases to light that involved fraud. One such case involved the subsidiary of McKesson HBOC and NextCard. She also worked other cases that alleged or involved insider trading, defrauding of senior citizens and violations by investment brokers or advisors.


She left the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2007 to become the Managing Director, Principal, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer as well as a Member of the Executive Committee for Hall Capital Partners LLC. Hall Capital Partners LLC manages approximately 22 billion for institutions and rich people.


In her very active career, she has been a newspaper reporter, had several good clerkships with Posner, of the Seventh Circuit and Justice Blackmun, the U.S. Supreme Court. A partner at Howard, Rice Law Firm for 10 years before she joined the SEC for 11 years then joining Hall Capital Partners LLC in 2007.


Helane Morrison was also a Lawyer Representative for Northern District of California, for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group and on the Board of Directors for UC, Berkley School of Law Alumni Association.


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