Helene Morrison – Woman With A Mission

Helene Morrison was appointed San Francisco’s SEC administrator in 1999. For three years prior to this, she had been head of SEC’s Enforcement Division. Of course the SEC investigates and sues people and or companies who defraud investors. Morrison stayed with the SEC until 2007. Before this, she was on the other side of the fence – defending clients being sued by the SEC.

For the first ten years of her law practice, she was with the San Francisco law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. She became a partner in 1991. Her specialty was business litigation, defense of private securities actions, and SEC matters. As well she conducted internal corporate investigations.

She served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun in 1985 and 1986. For two years previous to that Morrison was law clerk to the Hon. Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. To read more about Helane’s impressive career path, visit her LinkenIn profile.

Morrison is now the Managing Director, Principal, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Member of Executive Committee at Hall Capital Partners, LLC. They build investment portfolios for endowments, foundations, and individuals. This is a company run by women, Kathryn Hall, Sarah Stein, and Helene Morrison. The women say that flexibility, resilience, and diversity are the keys to their success individually and as a company.

All throughout her career, she has been a top level executive in an essentially male world. She succeeded in a big way for women although that was never her consideration. Helene Morrison has become quite the role model for women who are as tough, feisty, and honest in business dealings as she. Some women make excellent warriors and she is one of them.

Somehow through all of this, Morrison developed a keen sense of justice and a world view that showed the inequities of a system that was totally out of control. She also occasionally let loose with some sharply humorous observations about certain investment companies.