Helane Morrison is an alumni of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois where she earned her baccalaureate in journalism. During her time at the University, Helane was the editor in chief of the California Law Review. She later attended law school and upon her completion she was hired to work as a law clerk for Hon. Richard Posen. Then, Richard Posen was a judge at the United States Court of Appeal for the Seventh District, a position he held from 1984 to 1985. Between 1985 and 1986, Helane Morison worked for Justice Harry Blackmun, who was a judge at the Supreme Court. After the judge’s retirement in 1986, Helane moved to Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin law firm. She worked there for close to a decade and during the period she was promoted to senior partner. While working at the law firm, Helane focused a lot on business litigation as well as defense of private securities actions. Most of what she was doing involved the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) in one way or another. In 1999, Helane moved to the SEC where she worked as the head of the San Francisco office before moving to Hall Capital Partners in 2007.
Today, Helane Morrison works as the Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Hall Capital Partners. The company manages assets worth $24 billion. The company manages money and property for some of the wealthiest people and families in the Bay Area including the son of the founder of GAP, John Fisher, and Warren Hellman, the former financier who established the San Francisco private equity firm Hellman & Friedman.
Hall Capital Partners is run by three women: Kathryn Hall, who is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Sarah Stein, who is the President and Helane Morrison, who is the firm’s Managing Director, General Counsel Head and Chief Compliance Officer. While speaking to the San Francisco Business Times about the move from the SEC to Hall Capital Partners, Helane Morrison said, “When you see the CEO is a woman and there are other women at high levels, it’s very attractive for a woman to come here. I have friends at other firms where they have meetings for the women because they feel so isolated.” The company’s President, Sarah Stein insisted that there should be equality in the world. However, this is not the case since most organizations are dominated by men.