Helane Morrison has a long history in law and enforcing investing and securities trading regulations, but she’s now working to help investors have a well-managed portfolio at Hall Capital Partners. Morrison has been the Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel at this firm since 2007 and chose to come here because Hall Capital values transparency with the public and hires qualified individuals who know the markets to manage client investments. The firm specializes in both public and private equity and has clients ranging from corporate and institutional investors to private individuals. Morrison ensures that all portfolio managers and executives are following regulations and reporting guidelines in accordance with the SEC and tax laws.
Morrison currently resides in San Francisco, but she grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended the Northwestern College of Journalism where she got her B.A. She became interested in financial law soon after and enrolled in the UC Berkley School of Law. She contributed to and eventually became editor-in-chief of the California Law Review journal while there and graduated with a J.D. The first part of her professional career was spent clerking for Richard Posner of the US Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, and later US Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Morrison even points to this point in her career where she was influenced the most while sitting in on the various hearings.
Morrison decided to move from clerking into practicing law out in San Francisco, so she joined the notable law firm there known as Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. While serving there she focused on helping clients win lawsuits against bad investment managers, pharmaceutical companies that had failed to comply with securities regulations and internal matters within large businesses. In six years she became a Partner at the firm. The cases she won prompted the SEC to hire her as an enforcer for the San Francisco office.
As an enforcer she started going after violators that had carefully dodged suspicions of insider trading and embezzlement prior to Morrison taking over. Her reputation for catching financial predators soon preceded her and in 1999 she became the SEC’s Regional Director. After 11 years of working with the SEC, Morrison was invited by CEO Kathryn Hall of Hall Capital to lend her legal expertise to that firm. Morrison was glad to accept because she felt that people needed to know there were good firms in banking and investing and that she could make a difference working with this one.