Helane Morrison grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She attended college for her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. After getting her degree, she went on to get a law degree from University of California, Berkley. Her early career was assisting Richard Posner and Harry Blackmun, both of whom worked for the United States government. After a couple of years, she joined Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk, and Rabkin’s law firm and became a partner five years later, staying on with them for another five years.
In 1996 she joined the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. She started her career there as the Assistant District Administrator for Enforcement and landed the job as the Regional Director of enforcement activities for the San Francisco Regional Office three years later. Her job was to oversee enforcement and examination programs under the office’s jurisdictions, which included Northern California, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Northern Nevada. While she was there, she was able to find information for a case that was against a large Silicone Valley based technology company, San Jose’s Brocade Communications Systems. The SEC was, therefore, able to almost double in size during her time there.
Helane Morrison now works for Hall Capital Partners, LLC. as their chief compliance officer and general council. She was listed among the “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area” in 2003 and then again from 2005 until 2007. One of the best ways to explain the impact that Ms.Morrison had on her area, and the United States as a whole, can be summed up by SEC chairman Chris Cox. He states, “We will miss her dedication, integrity, and passion for protecting investors. She has loaned her considerable stature and professional skill to the service of her nation for over a decade, and in the process enhanced both the SEC and the strength of our market”.