When Brooklyn, New York native Helane Morrison took over as San Francisco’s SEC administrator it was a signal for local traders and anyone doing business in her jurisdiction to get and keep their ducks in a row. Morrison’s move from the San Francisco District Office of the SEC’s enforcement division to become administrator endowed her with more power to go after businesses with shady practices. That’s what she’s been doing ever since she joined the organization. Her promotion made it possible for her to expand the SEC’s presence and impact.
As SEC administrator Morrison took charge of the San Francisco office’s jurisdiction over both examination and enforcement programs. She was the first female chief of the district. Her district included Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Still, her plan was to keep the momentum the San Francisco office had created going. Since 1996 when she joined the SEC Morrison has overseen many major enforcement actions. Some of those investigations resulted in enforcement action against Dean Witter, California Micro Devices and Republic Securities of New York. During that time her staff doubled and the organizations workload increased tremendously.
Helane Morrison was San Francisco District Administrator for 6 years. After working with the SEC for 11 years, she resigned to become investment advisory firm Hall Capital Partners LLC’s chief compliance officer and general counsel. It was another great career move for Morrison. She had practiced law with San Francisco law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin for 10 years prior to working with the SEC. Her position with Hall Capital Partners enabled her to leverage the skills she gained through the years to ensure the company avoided issues with customers or regulators.
Morrison’s work at Hall Capital Partners has been so impressive she was promoted to managing director and made an executive council member. Not bad for a young woman that left New York to pursue a Journalism degree at Northwestern. During her time on the West Coast Helane Morrison has earned a Juris Doctor from the law school at University of California, Berkley. She has also clerked for U.S. Appeals Court judge Richard A. Posner and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Morrison has also developed a reputation as a defender of the rights of consumers of all ages.
Helane Morrison has accomplished much and she continues to make her mark in the San Francisco area.