Helane Morrison is an amazing human being. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Morrison is now revered in San Francisco and hailed as a local treasure. Her career which spans law, government, and business, has been marked by one success after another. Educated at some of the country’s most respected schools, she clerked for well-respected federal judges, and used her preparation to become an advocate for the victims of crime, a scourge to white color criminals, a fierce fighter for justice, and a very successful business woman. Through it all Helane Morrison has maintained a reputation for integrity.
Education is what brought Helane Morrison to the West Coast. After graduating high school in New York, she headed to Northwestern University where she earn a bachelors degree in journalism. Morrison then attended the law school at the University of California at Berkley and earned her Juris Doctorate. Next she was a law clerk for a U.S. Appeals Court judge and then U.S. Supreme Court judge. She passed the California Bar exam in 1987 and took a position with Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin, a law firm in San Francisco.
Five years later, after showing an immense talent for business litigation and an unwavering dedication to exposing securities fraud violations, Morrison was made a partner at the firm. For another 5 years Morrison and her team brought down several major corrupt traders and other cheats, frauds, and charlatans. Some of her cases received national headlines. In 1996, after 10 illustrious years as an attorney at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin, Morrison left the firm to become the San Francisco District Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s head of regional enforcement.
At the SEC, Morrison stood up for the right of senior citizens and other victims that were defrauded at the hands of crooked investment advisors and brokers. She also went after companies involved in insider trading and any other violations of business law. She took on many high profile cases and won. In 2007 after 11 years at the SEC, Morrison switched career paths and went into business. She joined the all female team at Hall Capital, one of San Francisco’s top investment advisory firms. This amazing woman is now part of a team that manages over 24 billion in assets for some of the most affluent families in America. The business world is fortunate to have her.