In a day when many investment advisors and hedge fund managers have come under scrutiny, one individual has stayed committed to doing things the right way. That person is Helane Morrison, the current General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Hall Capital Partners. She worked at the San Francisco branch of the SEC for 9 years enforcing finance and securities laws, and helping to prosecute some big firms. She helped win cases against stock back-dating, fraud and insider trading against some pharmaceutical companies and large corporations such as Franklin Resources. Prior to that she had been in private law practice.
Helane Morrison was originally the editor-in-chief of the California Law Review, a journal she worked for while attending law school at the University of California at Berkley. Morrison started in the legal field by clerking at the US Court of Appeals in the seventh circuit for Richard Posner, and then for US Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. In 1986, she joined the law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco where she started her endeavors to bring down financial criminals. She litigated both civil and criminal cases and started bringing bad actors to justice. Morrison became a partner at the firm in 1996.
Not long after becoming partner, the SEC hired her to work at their San Francisco office. She even became the spokesperson for that division when interviewed by the media. She moved from legal enforcer to District Administrator, and eventually Regional Director by the time she resigned from her post. She decided she wanted to go to Hall Capital Partners, not only because she had the opportunity to join a major wealth management firm, but because she was pleased with the leadership there.
Hall Capital Partners is one of a few financial firms whose CEO and Managing Partners are females, and Morrison certainly takes pride in changing public perception about female financial managers. But she also has been on a mission to show the public there are still firms out there like Hall Capital who value strong ethics and transparency with investing and not simply profiting off of gains or losses. Her resolve has grown since the financial crisis of 2008, and Hall Capital has continued to bring in assets under management even in the years following.