It’s amazing just how long the phrase “wolves of Wall Street” has been associated with the stock market and the ensnaring investment scene of stocks, trading, and funds. The average patron is merely a lamb, vulnerable and naive. The credibility toll from corrupt broker scandals has left us shattered and bleeding and feeling impotent in the loss and disposition of our investment funds. Further, we now appear to be in a “holding pattern” until after the upcoming presidential election.
After obtaining her law degree and gathering experience, Helane Morrison’s step into the office of Supreme Court Justice, Harry A, Blackmun (a champion for women’s rights), would help target her life’s passion–the concept of equality.
Subsequently, she relocated to a San Francisco law firm, working for ten years in business litigation and defense of private securities. After a series of major investigations into corrupt traders, Ms. Morrison garnered the attention of the San Francisco office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange. Morrison made a real difference throughout the securities sector as the SEC office head of enforcement and regional director, the first woman in history to earn that title. She was responsible for securities enforcement, litigation, and regulatory matters in Northern California as well as an additional five northwest states. Among numerous financial fraud cases, Morrison was also involved in the protection of senior citizens against fraud and the abolishment of insider trading and market manipulation.
After crashing the proverbial “glass ceiling” and the “old boys club”, her most important career move occurred when she joined Hall Capital, an investment advisory firm in San Francisco, as Managing Director, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer. Hall Capital is an industry powerhouse completely run by women who have a deep understanding of what it is like to be a hard-working businesswoman, wife, mother, and often head-of-household. The firm’s focus is on the protection and investment management of major foundations and endowment funds and promotes personal behaviors and incentives through a flexible schedule.
Working hand in hand with the firm’s focus of life/work balance, this attractive lady is active on the board of the Regional Parks Foundation and has been awarded the title Most Influential Woman in the Bay Area Business and Public Sector.
Fortunately, the powerful jaws of advocate Helane Morrison is keeping the wolves at bay. We need more strong, intelligent women like Morrison successfully performing watchdog services in the financial industry!