Today, as markets continue to become more liberalized and free from government control, the role of compliance officers only gets more important. According to me, compliance officers need to be empowered to be able to adequately keep order and ensure ethical business practices. As I look at the wonderful work done by compliance officer Helane Morrison at the San Francisco based SEC, I cannot help but feel awed by the true power of a woman.
Need for Ethical Compliance Officers
After the 2007/2008 economic recession that was caused by unregulated markets driven by selfish interests, my appreciation for strict officers like Morrison grew tenfold. The talented lawyer accepted a position at the SEC after she was plucked from private practice. Her unique background in law and journalism allowed her to investigate and prosecute unscrupulous individuals guilty of fraud and other malpractices.
In addition, she had previously defended individuals accused of various malpractices by the SEC. This gave her enough experience and qualification to take on the role of regulation and compliance. She was able to bring down executives from major conglomerates like NextCard Inc, Google, HBO and Hewllet Packard. She also protected senior citizens from fraudulent activities, fought against market manipulation as well as insider trading.
At Hall Capital Partners, Morrison is currently the company’s Chief Compliance Officer and runs a team of highly professional individuals. Furthermore, she sits on several boards most notably Regional Parks Foundation.
About Helane Morrison
Helane Morrison is widely seen as the beacon of hope for strong women everywhere. Today we surely need women of character and strict ethics who can challenge men in their own fields. Helane Morrison is a respected lawyer working for Hall Capital Partners LLC. She is a senior counsel, Managing Director and the Chief Compliance Officer for the privately held firm. Prior to joining Hall Capital Partners, Morrison was the Regional Director of the United States SEC office in San Francisco.
Morrison holds degrees in Journalism and Law from Northwestern University and Berkeley School of Law respectively. After law school, she secured a law clerk job for judges Richard A. Posner (Appellate Judge) and Harry A. Blackmun (Supreme Court). In 1986, she joined a law firm from San Francisco called Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. In 1991, her position at the firm was elevated to partner. She stayed at the firm until 1996 when she joined the SEC in San Francisco as its Head of Enforcement.