Few professional women have done more than Helane Morrison to remove barriers for women who serve as top leaders in business and government. In fact, Morrison has actually shattered the glass ceiling in both arenas. And she did it by playing by the rules, with strong ethics and a goal of fixing the corruption on Wall Street. She has now landed at Hall Capital Partners as their General Counsel, Managing Director, and Chief Compliance Officer. She joins a firm that is completely managed by women, a top investment firm in California, with her office situated in San Francisco.
Helane has been through the fires of her own trials, managing the investigation and prosecution of Wall Street white collar robbers who caused the corruption that brought down many of the financial houses of Wall Street in 2007. She was instrumental in the prosecution and conviction of Bernie Madoff, the Ponzi scheme thief who stole millions of dollars from hard working Americans. She was the Northern California and Northwestern Region officer at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) who brought the rules back to life, and thus confidence in the ethics of Wall Street.
She worked for the SEC for 8 years. When the press wanted comments from the SEC about the scandal on Wall Street, it was Helane Morrison who answered their questions. Morrison’s career started in journalism before she was recruited to work for the U.S. Federal Government. And, every place she as worked has noted her strong and incorruptible stand against corruption and for good ethical and moral business practices.
Helane Morrison has longed worked with businesses in their dealings with the SEC and litigation in business. She spent a decade honing her legal chops at the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. Before that, she had been a law clerk for Associate Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. She also clerked for Richard Posen, a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge. Morrison was the chief editor of the California Law Review at the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned her J.D. She also has a BS in Journalism gained at the Northwestern University in Chicago.
Since learning how few women were functioning as leaders in the financial industry, she has dedicated herself to make a difference on that score. She specifically left her high-level position at the SEC to accomplish her mission to elevate women’s roles in corporate America. So, not only has she demonstrated very well how a woman can shatter the glass ceiling that once dominated American business culture, she is also dedicated to helping other women do the same.