Helane Morrison joined the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1996. Serving in the San Francisco District Office where she was promoted to district chief of the enforcement program. Helane is the first woman to hold this position. Prior to being appointed to head the office, she worked on the enforcement side where she and others worked to strengthen the presence and impact of the SEC. As head of the department, Helen intends to keep the momentum going.
The San Francisco office’s jurisdiction covers all or part of six western states and Alaska and is part of the Pacific Region headquartered in Los Angeles. In her new position as the department head, Helane will oversee both the enforcement and examination programs. While working in the enforcement division she supervised several investigations with three resulting in actions being taken.
Prior to joining the SEC, Morrison defended clients that were being sued by the SEC. She represented securities clients involved in class-action suits brought by the SEC. She also represented stockbrokers and their firms in lawsuits brought by their customers.
The staff in the San Francisco Office has doubled in the last five years, going from thirty to sixty people now working in the enforcement and examination programs. Helane noted the SEC is paying particular attention to the many online brokerage services located in the San Francisco Region and is providing information to help inform potential investors on its website www.sec.gov.
Helane Morrison has a B.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and earned her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. While attending Berkeley she was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. For the next few years, Helane worked as a law clerk, first for the Hon. Richard Posen of the US Court of Appeals and later with Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. In 1986 Helene joined a prestigious law firm and became a partner in 1991. Her focus was on business litigation and the defense of private securities dealing with matters involving the SEC.
Currently, Helane Morrison is with Hall Capital Partners of San Francisco, one of the most successful investment companies in the state and is run totally by women. She serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director of Hall Capital Partners. Realizing that investors still had little confidence in financial professionals after the 2007- 2008 market crash, even though nine years had passed, Helane believes her position at Hall Capital will make it possible to help restore the public’s confidence in the financial markets.