Helane L. Morrison, A Respected Figure Who Kept the Market on its Toes

Helane L. Morrison, director for the SEC’s San Francisco office, assumed her post in 1999. She was the first woman to ever hold the position as director and chief of the San Francisco district. She was applauded for her aggressive efforts, and ended her position at the end of October 2007. Ms. Morrison, during her tenure, was responsible for the SEC’s enforcement and examination programs in various states. While Ms. Morrison held her position, the San Francisco office had a strong presence throughout Northern California and the Pacific Northwest region. The California based SEC office doubled in size under Ms. Morrison’s leadership, and became a regional office. Ms. Morrison was greatly regarded for her integrity, dedication, and professional skill.


Hundreds of financial entities, from broker-dealers to mutual funds were investigated under Ms. Morrison’s direction. The SEC led targeted examinations, in order to assess potential negative industry trends, market manipulation, and conflicts of interest. Many cases involving insurance companies, UBS, the General Counsel of Google, Inc., and other entities were conducted to protect shareholder interest and market integrity.


Prior to accepting her position as director for the SEC, Helane Morrison was a partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabin. She practiced law for a decade, from 1986 to 1996. Ms. Morrison cultivated significant law experience, according to SEC Website. She spent time working as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun from 1985 to 1986, and for Hon. Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1984 to 1985.


Ms. Morrison received her bachelors of science in Journalism, from Northwestern University. She received her J.D. In 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. During her time at the University of California, she was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review. Ms. Morrison currently is the Managing Director, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer of Hall Capital Partners LLC. She also is an active member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Morrison also is a member of the Hedge Fund Subcommittee of the American Bar Association and on the Board of the Regional Parks Foundation. She speaks routinely on legal issues that affect private funds and investment advisers.