Helane Morrison has had an illustrious legal career that has spanned more than 30 years. Her brilliant legal mind was evident even before she passed the California Bar Exam in 1987. While working on her juris doctor at the law school at the University of California, Berkley, she was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. She then spent a year as a law clerk for Judge Richard A. Posner of the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Appeals Court. That was followed by a year clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Those actions made her well prepared to enjoy a stellar legal career.
While there she focused on cases related to businesses that had matters they had to address with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Morrison spent 10 years at the law firm. She became a partner at the firm after spending 5 years there. The time Morrison spent arguing cases with the SEC turned out to be very valuable preparation for her next job. Helane Morrison left law firm in 1996 and accepted a position with the San Francisco district office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
At the SEC Morrison was in charge of overseeing the examination and enforcement programs. She did such a good job that in 1999 she received a promoted first to district administrator and later to regional director. Morrison was the first woman to hold that post. As regional director her jurisdiction included Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Northern California and Northern Nevada. During the time she led the organization Morrison brought fraud and other types of cases against high-profile companies like NextCard and one of the subsidiaries of McKesson HBOC. She also brought insider trading cases as well as charged brokers and investment advisors with defrauding senior citizens.
After 11 years at the SEC Morrison left the organization in 2007. She then became the chief compliance officer and general counsel for Hall Capital Partners, a California financial services company. The company manages the investments of some of America’s richest families. Morrison fit in very well with Hall Capital’s all-female staff, plus her knowledge and work ethic made her a valuable asset. She was quickly promoted to general manager and earned a spot on the executive committee.