Helane Morrison is a truly impressive woman. Starting her professional life off at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, then finishing off her Bachelor’s degree at the Northwestern University, Morrison set herself up for success.
To understand her time at the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission, otherwise known as the SEC, we must first look at her experiences leading up to her time there. After being admitted to practice with the State Bar of California, Morrison started her career at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. There she was a partner in their firm and practiced law on business litigation and defense of private securities actions from 1986 to 1996.
It was only after her time at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin that Morrison became the head of enforcement for the San Fransisco SEC office. Here she was in charge of securities enforcement, litigation, and regulatory matters for Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and northern Nevada. Morrison ensured all business dealings were made with maximum transparency, while working for cooperation from other government agencies and media outlets.
Some accomplishments Morrison made during her time in the SEC include financial fraud investigations against Fortune-500 executives, uncovering the sales of fraudulent securities to military personnel, exposing illegal destruction of audit papers, and providing defense for defrauded senior citizens.
After Morrison noticed a discrimination towards female leadership in the financial sector, as well as women in general not striving to better themselves in their career path, she left the SEC to work with Hall Capital Partners LLC.