In today’s unscrupulous world of financial crime, it is reassuring to know there are regulators such as Helane Morrison serving our financial laws. Morrison can trace her roots to Brooklyn, New York, where she was born. From these beginnings would come a woman dedicated to exposing financial wrongdoing and reestablishing the public’s trust in the industry?
Interestingly enough, her education focus began not in Finance but rather in Journalism. She earned a B.S degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. From there she attended the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law where in 1984 she received her Juris Doctor degree.
Helane Morrison’s early work, immediately following law school, would set the stage for her career. Her first position was as a clerk for the Honorable Richard Posen – US Court of Appeals for the Seventh District. Her later work included serving Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and joining law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin.
Perhaps in a logical career progression for Morrison, she went to work for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following her position at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. There she became the Head of Enforcement at the San Francisco SEC office. There she exposed the sale of fraudulent securities to military service members, investigated executives with a history of escaping punishment from previous fraud wrongdoings and helping senior citizens who had been defrauded.
After her service with the SEC, she began work with Hall Capital Partners LLC where she is currently employed as a Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer