A powerhouse of legal and ethical prowess, Helane Morrison holds the titles of Managing Director, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Executive Committee member at Hall Capital Partners LLC. Hall Capital is a large investment advisory firm in the heart of San Francisco and its workplace culture revolves around upholding ethics and encouraging teamwork. What does Helane Morrison’s successful career and standing in power mean for women in financial and law careers across the country?
Morrison began her career in law with a stint as a clerk for an Appeals court judge, then later served as a clerk for a Supreme Court Justice. She joined the bar in 1987 and began working in a private practice that specialized in business litigation and defense of private securities actions, later making partner. In 1999 she joined the San Francisco Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she remained as head of enforcement until 2007. She was the district’s first woman to serve as chief, an unintentional step forward in further establishing women in the legal field.
With a long history of staying on the ethical side of matters throughout her career, Morrison is a symbol of integrity and a dynamic power in the business world. In a time of financial uncertainty, since at least 2008, the moral position has been the most sought after and admired. Morrison’s career has included huge busts against violators of security laws. She has been working to expose fraud and corruption for decades through asserting the wrongs of high powered entities in lawsuits and defensive legal action. Her current position supports a commitment to encouraging women to pursue business and law. As one third of the head decision making body at Hall Capital, Morrison is uniquely positioned to forge ahead in supporting women’s contributions in the workplace.
Recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business and Public Sector in four separate years, Helane Morrison is still making waves thirty years into her career. While her achievements and moral character are evident in her career and life, Morrison stands as an inspiration to women breaking into a career in law or business.