How Helane Morrison Represents Women in the Business World and Moved Up the Corporate Ladder

In the 21st Century, women are representing the business world more than ever before, accomplishing great things while moving up the corporate ladder. A 2014 report from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 51 percent of all workers are working in professional and management professions, in 2013. Among the working class of women are compliance officers, who account for 53.4 percent of 195,000 compliance officers in the United States. Helane Morrison, CCO (Chief Compliance Officer) of Hall Capital Partners LLC is included in the percentage of women holding executive positions. She joined the privately owned company in 2007 and also serves as General Counsel, Managing Director, and a member of its executive committee.


Helane Morrison studied journalism and law after receiving her high school diploma. She attended Northwestern University and University of California, School of Law, receiving bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees, respectively. Ms. Morrison practiced law at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin for ten years, and became partner within five years of joining the firm. She later headed the enforcement team for Securities Exchange Commission Office in San Francisco, CA. Her elevation in the corporate world comprises of earning educational certificates, passing the California State Bar Exam, practicing law, and serving executive roles.


More women are serving as compliance officers in the U.S. ensuring corporations and agencies are complying with SEC regulations and corporate guidelines. Helane Morrison has served as compliance officer for Hall Capital Partners approximately 10 years advising senior management on the importance of compliance issues. She creates and enforce the firm’s procedures and policies, ensuring the compliance process is followed, including identifying risks. Other responsibilities include managing the advisor’s code of ethics, and safeguarding quality control testing to detect deviations of transactions that are non-compliance with the firm’s standards and policies.


Helane Morrison serves on the Board for organizations, including the Hedge Fund Subcommittee of the American Bar Association and Regional Parks Foundation. Throughout her professional career, she has made a name for herself by becoming the first woman to serve as San Francisco District Office’s Chief for SEC. She also worked on major investigations against N.Y. Republic Securities and California Micro Devices’ auditors. Ms. Morrison is a perfect example for young men and young women who have an interest in law and have the desire to enter the compliance profession.


Helane L. Morrison Leads Hall Capital into a New Era of Equality

Helane L. Morrison is a member of the triumvirate leading Hall Capital into a new era. Her ideas on equality of the sexes in the workplace are shared by the two other women she shares power with at Hall Capital. The other two women are Kathyrn Hall and Sarah Stein, together they direct the efforts and energies of Hall Capital, in a coordinated effort to advance the issues of integrity and gender equality in the workplace in a largely male dominated profession.

Morrison trained as an attorney, with newspaper experience, and served as a clerk for Harry A. Blackmun on the United States Supreme Court. She worked as counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commision and her last duty station for the SEC was in San Francisco before she left to join Hall Capital as counsel and compliance officer where she advanced to a position of power. It gave her an opportunity to further the pursuit of integrity within the investment profession, as well as the chance to introduce more women into this male dominated profession. 

As an attorney for the SEC she served to represent the individual against the very powerful investment industry. Her specialty has been in capital investments and now she has crossed over in that endeavor to become a leader and she uses that new power for the betterment of the investment industry. She has, in fact, gone from watch dog to top dog. Check out her work in the Google Book of one of her cases below.

While her position at the head of Hall Capital might be considered by some good ole boys as radical, her thinking is completely rational. She has said that the world is composed of half men, half women, and that half of her fellow students pursuing their MBA’s were women. Why then, she asks, should men dominate the ranks of the investment industry?

To find more news about Helane Morrison and see her resume in full, check out her Crunchbase profile.