Upon graduating High School, Helane Morrison joined in at the University of California‘s Berkeley School of Law where she took part in the California Law Review as the Review’s Editor in Chief before going on to achieve her Juris Doctor or J.D. at the University. After this great accomplishment, Morrison kept on going to attend the Northwestern University where she managed to gain her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.
After school, Helane bounded straight for the real world with a passion for what she spent so long studying. Becoming a Partner and Previous Title Associate for Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin back in the year 1986 where she practiced law for ten years in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on private securities defense, matters involving SEC, and business litigation under the firm. Staying there till 1996, Helane Morrison left to new adventures that same year to becoem the Assistant District Administrator in the area of Enforcement, heading the Enforcement for the SEC office at San Francisco for the San Francisco District Office for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Next after working for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Helane Morrison went on to become the Regional Director/ Previous Title District Administrator of the same, through from 1999 on till 2007 where she at that time acted as the leader over a group of one hundred individuals who made up an office working on litigation, securities enforcement, and matters in regulation at five seperate Northwestern states as well as Nothern California.
Upon leaving in 2007, Helane Morrison left to work with Hall Capital Partners LLC where she currently continues to subside as the company’s Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel for the past ten years of her bustling career. Working for SEC registered investment adviser, Morrison stood strong in her roles as a Member of the Executive Committee, Secretary of the Board of Directors, and the Managing Director.
A woman of many hats, Helane Morrison has gone above and beyond the call of duty in her many business endeavors. Standing as a pillar of her industry and a constant inspiration for all the people she has worked with and for through out her exciting lifetime, Helane resides in San Francisco, California. Pushing on with effortless stride and great strength, Morrison has managed to be the backbone of many important projects and is widely appreciated for her work.
A common saying argues that much is expected of the bearer of responsibility. The same principle applies to compliance officers. The officers represent an expanding field of practice that keeps corporates grounded and focused on sustainable practice.
However, in as much as they align such practice, they can easily be outmaneuvered by senior management. Such loopholes explain a significant number of cases under investigation by government agencies in the United States. Unfortunately, the compliance officers bear the brunt of these surveys on grounds of responsibility and duty to ensure compliance as told on SDCEXEC.
Such controversy has caused a stir in the risk and compliance sector as practitioners witnessed increased apprehension. However, it also acts as wake up call for such officers to seal the loopholes and point out violations to compliance standards. In the end, there’s added responsibility on each professional to discharge their duty to the letter.
Another solution for this crisis would be to make compliance officers senior management officials. Currently, only a few compliance professionals occupy senior management positions in the corporate world. There has been a consensus that these officers need to seek further responsibilities an argument best personified in Helane Morrison.
Helane Morrison happens to be one of the very first compliance and risk practitioners. She started out in the early 1990’s without industry specific training. Helane went on to define the standard code of practice in compliance and mentored generations of other professionals. Today, Helane sits atop the management tier of an investment bank in San Francisco named Hall Capital as Managing Director.
Other roles Ms. Morrison fulfills include that chief compliance officer and the firm’s lawyer. What this means is that she has the power to influence decisions at management level while making sure the company remains compliant. However, there’s even greater responsibility on her part to deliver positive results.
Helane Morrison has witnessed a fruitful career and overcome great odds. She provides a glimmer of hope and encouragement to the industry in light of prevailing pressures. In fact, she could yet influence the thinking of her peers through seminars and other publications. The compliance building journal also provides a perfect platform for knowledge sharing. The entire compliance community will be looking to her for direction for the foreseeable future.