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The Life and Work of Helane Morrison

Helane Morrison is the acting Chief Compliance Officer, Managing Director and General Counsel at Hall Capital Partners located in San Francisco. Hall Capital is fully run by women and is among the most successful investment firms in California. Helane had served as the head of the San Francisco office of the Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) before she joined Hall Capital Partners in 2007. Helane was in charge of fraud litigation, regulatory issues and securities law enforcement in five states in the NorthWest and Northern California.



Helane graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with a journalism degree. She then went to the University of California at Berkeley where she got her Juris Doctor Degree. While studying at the University of California, she was California Law Review’s editor-in-chief. She worked for Hon. Richard Posen as a law clerk after passing the bar. From 1985 to 1986, she worked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Helane then joined the firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin and worked there from 1986 to 1996. The company named her partner in 1991, and her work ranged from matters dealing with the SEC to business litigation. It was during her time as a partner that the government took note of Helane’s substantial investment in the pursuit of justice. From 1996 to 1999, the government made Helane the head of the San Fransisco SEC office.



Helane’s hard work, confidence and assertiveness have made her create a significant impression in the compliance field. Helane says that every investment made for her firm’s clients is ethical and solid. Hall has hired enforcement staff who enforce disciplinary action when an anomaly is detected. These disciplinary actions range from correction practices to pressing criminal charges. The company also has experts who ensure that every brokerage firm, mutual fund advisors or brokerage firm that they have chosen go through a rigorous process of investigation before being allowed to touch a customer’s money.



Morrison has dealt with some top cases while working for the SEC. She dealt with fraudulent cases that involved companies such as HBO, NextCard Inc, Google, and Hewlett-Packard. At one point, Helane exposed American Amicable Insurance firm for carrying out dishonest sales to more than 50,000 military personnel.



Helane occasionally talks about legal matters arising from investment advisories and also compliance issues. She is a member of the American Bar Association, and she sits on the board of Regional Parks Foundation.