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Spotlight on the Life and Work of Helane Morrison

Helane Morrison is presently the General Counsel, Managing Director and also the Chief Compliance Officer at Hall Capital Partners based in San Francisco. Hall Capital ranks among the most successful California-based investment companies. I found it unique as it is run by women exclusively. Helane joined the firm in 2007 having served as the head at Securities and Exchange Commission, San Francisco Office (1999-2007). I found that Helane handled fraud litigation, regulatory issues and securities law enforcement in five of the Northwest states and Northern California.

Helane Morrison made a career from her efforts of trailblazing justice from her past engagements in journalism and government service. Regardless of whatever professional field I traced her to, I noticed she maintains a consist fight that is aimed at corporate crimes that are deceptive. Morrison has a driving impetus to fight corruption in every matter she finds herself in. Her track record is a pure demonstration of her affinity to businesses that uphold basic ethics and also morally right values. Helane has been ferocious at exposing individuals who abuse their power or influence to gain financially. I found that Helane chose to focus on fighting for justice to bring equality to the financial sector. She has contributed immensely to the fight to create fair and ethical practices in global businesses by fighting for industrial justice. She has been fighting against the people who usually take advantage of vulnerable people who are exposed by economic circumstances that are tumultuous for the last 30 years.

About Helane Morrison

Helane L. Morrison is the current MD, CCO and General Counsel of the Hall Capital Partners and also sits in its Executive Committee as a member. She had also previously held the position of head of enforcement at the SEC office in San Francisco. She used to represent SEC in business, legal, financial communities, news media and other government agencies. She also practiced Law in a San Francisco based law firm, Howard & others for ten years (19986-1996). She became partner at the firm in 1991. Her practice majored on defending private securities actions, SEC matters and business litigation. She was also involved in conducting internal corporate investigations.

Morrison is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law, UC-Berkeley. She used to be the editor-in-chief of California Law Review. Prior to joining private practice, she was the clerk to Supreme Court of U.S. Justice Harry Blackmun and also Judge Richard A. Posner. She also holds a degree from the Northwestern University in B.S. Journalism.

Helane Morrison Builds Solid Resume

Helane Morrison has become the business executive that other aspiring corporate female executives follow. She has become someone that has made a career in an area that many women have failed to consider. She has become one of the best corporate investigators in the San Francisco area, and I believe that many females are now following her a path because she has been so successful and this area.

I have considered the leadership role of a lot of other compliance officers and female executives in general. This is a unique role for females primarily because it is a field that is dominated by males. I thought it was very interesting that Morrison wouldn’t make the decision to take on this type of career after building a lucrative career as a lawyer. Many may say that Morrison had already achieved more than most women because she was working with the law firm where she became a partner.

What Morrison has managed to do over the years is build up a resume that no one could deny. She continued to work hard even though she had already made partner. That is why she has been recognized as an inspiring leader for many other females (WSJ article). The way that she motivates others is through her dedication to her craft. She clearly loves to investigate companies, and this has become something that she grew familiar with during her time with the law firm. 

I have seen how she has grown through her the years, and I believe that this work that she has done a lot of prep work to get to where she is today.

There are a lot of women that are determined to succeed in the corporate world, and Helane Morrison has set quite the blueprint for many others that are trying to reach beyond that glass ceiling that has been placed before them. 

Morrison represents the women that have picked interesting careers and buckled down hard to learn as much as they can. Helane was actually born on the east coast in New York, but she saw where she could benefit from an education in California. I believe that she also saw how such could rise in ranks as a compliance officer with the SEC.

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