Often untold in the great success stories of the business world, are stories of women who have risen above the norms of the day and placed their names right alongside the men who have achieved success. Most have probably heard of people like Susan McGalla, former CEO of American Eagle, and Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of HP and recent Republican presidential candidate. But included among these women is Helane Morrison, the Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer at Hall Capital Partners in San Francisco. Morrison has done tremendous work in America’s financial sector, hunting down businessmen who’ve run Ponzi schemes, and enforcing the law on institutions who’ve tried to cut corners.
According to XRepublic, Morrison’s original interest was journalism when she got her B.S. from Northwestern University, but she gradually turned her focus to law and went to Berkley where she was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review journal before getting her J.D. Morrison clerked for both Judge Richard Posen of the Seventh District’s Court Of Appeals, and Chief Justice Harry Blackmun of the US Supreme Court.
She went into private law practice serving as an attorney for Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin, a local California law firm. Her cases primarily involved civil suits or criminal prosecutions against shady business dealings and corrupt organizations, and she was good at what she did that the firm made her a partner in just 5 years. After 10 years of private practice, the SEC hired Helane as Head of Enforcement in their San Francisco office. Morrison’s jurisdiction included almost the whole Pacific Northwest, and during her 9-year stint with the SEC she brought down quite a few notable businessmen who were engaged in illegal trading activities.
After 9 years with the SEC, Helane decided it was time to not just fight against bad investment firms, but to be a part of a good one that people could trust. That’s when she decided to go to Hall Capital Partners, a wealth management and investment firm run by all female executives. As Chief Compliance Officer, Morrison uses the legal knowledge she has gained to make sure that clients’ funds are being invested in safe, legal vehicles and that the firm is compliant with all financial laws. In addition to serving at Hall Capital Partners, Morrison is also a part of the Regional Parks Foundation in California.