Since 2007, Helane Morrison has been the chief compliance officer and general counsel for Hall Capital Partners. The San Francisco based company manages assets in excess of $24 billion for some of America’s wealthiest families. Morrison has proven to be a great addition to Hall Capital’s all-female staff. She came to the company after having spent 10 years in private practice and 11 years with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That has proven to be the ideal training for the role of making sure the company follows all federal and SEC rules she now plays at Hall Capital.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Morrison attended Northwestern University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She then attended the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and got her juris doctor. Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review while at UC Berkley, Helane Morrison went on to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and U.S. Appeals Court judge Richard Posen. She then spent 10 years practicing law with the San Francisco law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. The last 5 as a partner.
In 1996 Helane Morrison was hired by the SEC to run their San Francisco district office. Three years later, she was promoted and became the first woman to be named regional director. She was put in charge of Northern California and an area that encompassed 5 Northwestern states. In that position she led financial fraud investigations into top executives of Fortune 500 companies, uncovered the sale to military personnel of fraudulent securities, exposed auditors of major companies illegally destroying audit papers, helped eradicate insider trading, highlighted online trading websites potential dangers and defended senior citizen that were the victim of fraud.
After 11 years at the SEC Helane Morrison left to become Hall Capital Partners‘ chief compliance officer and general counsel. Morrison’s excellent work led to her promotion to general manager and being named to the company’s executive committee. Morrison’s legal background has helped her to ensure all of Hall Capital’s actions fully comply with all applicable laws and avoid mistakes that could make them run afoul of SEC mandates. Her work with the company has help to engender consumer confidence in the company and helped them avoid even the appearance of impropriety.
Morrison participated in the 2012 Private Fund Compliance Forum and has consistently spoken out against corporate gouging and financial deception.