Helane Morrison has been working in the legal sector for more than three decades. She has spent all her career in San Francisco and has worked for private as well as government organizations. Her service to the Securities and Exchange Commission was the longest. She joined it in 1996 and held different offices. Morrison was based at the San Francisco District office, and one of the roles that she played was being the enforcement programs’ director. She headed several investigations and uncovered illegal activities that were in leading companies such as New York’s Republic Securities, Hewlett-Packard, NextCard, Inc, and the Dean Witter. Her work at the enforcement office was highly acknowledged, and she was appointed to be the chief of the San Francisco District.
As the head of the San Francisco District, Morrison supervised all the SEC activities in the North Western States. These included examination and enforcement activities that were conducted in Oregon, North Nevada, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The San Francisco District is part of the Pacific Region’s offices. David Bayles was the head of the district before Helane took over. He served the office for five years and later left the SEC to work at the Morrison & Foerster law firm.
Only a few female attorneys have managed to reach great career heights like Morrison. Women who have been SEC district chiefs include Carmen Lawrence, Mary Keefe, and Valerie Capron. Helane served the office well and doubled the number of employees at San Francisco’s examination and enforcement departments. The two sections work together whereby the examinations unit scrutinizes records of financial organizations while the enforcement division conducts correctional measures according to the analysts’ reports.
The private sector career of Helane Morrison was also successful. She was employed by Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, where she served as an attorney from 1986 to 1996. Morrison’s roles included offering legal services during company litigations, private corporate investigations, and lawsuits that dealt with securities. Other clients who hired her as a lawyer included SEC investigators, companies that had class action cases, and stock traders who were involved in arbitrations. She was also a law clerk at the U.S Supreme Court and U.S Court of Appeal. Morrison presently serves the Hall Capital Partners and has been devoted to ensuring the corporations comply with the laws that govern securities. She is a graduate of the University of Columbia, where she got her degree in law.