Helane Morrison is the head of Hall Capital Partners‘ compliance division making sure the company is open and transparent to all investors and regulatory agencies about its financial activity. Morrison has been a perfect fit as General Council and Chief Compliance Officer because of her background litigating cases related to investing and internal corporate operations. She joined the firm because she felt it employed a culture of strong ethics as well as diversity as it is run by several female executives including CEO Kathryn Hall. The company manages over $20 billion in assets and serves corporate, institutional and private investors. Hall Capital Partners has also held strong due to its due diligence during the 2008 housing market crisis.
Helane Morrison started her professional career after graduating from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She served as editor-in-chief of California Law Review while attending UC Berkley School of Law, and then she started clerking after completing her J.D. Her time as a clerk included sitting in on hearings at the US Court of Appeals in the Seventh Circuit for Circuit Judge Richard Posner, and then moving up to the US Supreme Court where she was highly influenced by Chief Justice Harry Blackmun. The time she spent in this arenas perhaps prepared her for the corporate law practice that she was about to take on.
Her career in private practice began in 1986 when she became an associate at San Francisco law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. She became Partner at this firm in 1991, and the cases she took included corporate litigation, internal audits and suspicions of espionage, securities trading, and other lawsuits and charges against known predatory companies. Her knowledge of securities laws and resilience in court earned her a position as local enforcer for the SEC in 1996.
Morrison’s time with the SEC started seeing big name companies be held accountable for violations and attempts to circumvent regulation. A major fraud case she won was against a McKesson Corp. subsidiary, and she later found Franklin Resources guilty of improper trading. Her willingness to go up against these major firms soon had her promoted from local enforcer to District Administrator, and eventually Regional Director. She decided to join Hall Capital in 2007 because she felt it was time to let the public know there were wealth management companies that did things the right way and were transparent about their business model.