Helane Morrison Pushes Ethics in an Unethical Arena

Helane Morrison was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She continued her education at the University of California Berkeley, School of Law. She worked as the Editor in Chief at the university’s law review. After passing the bar, Helane began working as a law clerk at the US Court of Appeals in the Seventh Circuit. After about a year she began working with Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. During the time she worked with him he made massive changes to outdated abortion laws and those governing sexual behavior and the age of consent. While working with him, Morrison began pursuing her own push for equality.

In 1986 she joined the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Faulk and Rabkin. She worked for 10 years for business litigation and in defense of private securities. She found that working cases of violations to securities laws and defending those investors who were affected by these violations was going to become the focus of her career. She was elevated to full partner at the firm in 1991. She was involved in major investigations against corrupt traders, three of which resulted in action being taken. Her next adventure was when she joined the government and took a position at the San Francisco office of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Her objective here was to protect individuals as well as corporations from fraud in pushing for and maintaining high standards for fair dealing with all investors. She took on the position of SEC head of enforcement. She spent 11 years developing an impressive record. She was involved in high profile cases involving companies like Google, Hewlett-Packard, NextCard and HBO & company. She exposed corrupt auditors like a major partner working with Ernst & Young who was falsifying documents.

Helane’s next move was driven by a new cause for equality in the financial workplace. It was this that drove Helane to join Hall Capital the largest investment advisory firm in San Francisco. It is a financial corporation run solely by women. Morrison serves as managing director and chief compliance officer at the firm. Her goals and objectives in her new position is to try and rebuild the investment community’s trust in the financial industry. Many investors left the market for good in 2007-2008 and Morrison is trying to pave the way for investors to build new trust in financial securities and the industry as a whole.