Helane Morrison: A Model Figure in Business

From her her time as a law clerk to working with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Helane Morrison has been a standard-bearer for both women in business and for justice for the investor.

That is shown in a recent online article about her on the Project Eve website, here. The piece highlights her work to combat corruption in investment and for equality in the financial world.

The article particularly highlights the long road of Morrison’s career ranging from private law practice to securities law enforcement and back to private finances. In doing so, Morrison has become a respected voice when it comes to defining compliance in the financial world. 

The article actually starts out with the U.S. financial crisis in 2007 and lays out the fraud and corruption which created it. Even to this day, many Americans are cynical about the country’s financial future.

The scenario makes for a difficult economic environment for today’s investor. What is needed is someone who experience on both sides of the “watchdog” role and that leads to Morrison and her experiences as both defense counsel and enforcement director. Over the course of her career, she has defended and investigated brokerage firms over the course of her career.

Morrison’s background and rise to where she is at within securities enforcement actually began as a law clerk. She cut her teeth working under first Richard A. Posner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, then for liberal justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn more about Helane’s professional background by connecting with her on LinkedIn or check out her Crunchbase profile here: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/helane-morrison#/entity

After working at a law firm in San Francisco, Morrison joined the SEC in 1996. She was eventually promoted to regional director, becoming the first woman to be named to that position. In that role, she was based out of San Francisco oversaw the Northwest area ranging from Washington state to Montana to northern California as well as Alaska.

The last part of article focuses on her move to fight for better equality within the business workplace. After 11 years in the SEC that included a number of high-profile cases in fraud and insider trading, Morrison joined the private investment firm Hall Capital Partners LLC, a company completely run by women, in the role of chief compliance officer and general counsel.

In conclusion, even after over 30 years, Morrison remains dedicated to her work over protection of investors and better internal structure within securities firms.

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