Helane Morrison was an American business woman, lawyer, and former regional director that changed the face of finance. She was the type of woman that never lets herself feel intimidated by any problem she faced. Her sharp mind and assertiveness made every man and woman she came across with felt a small wake of fear whenever they would feel her presence in the room. Her crazy, robust character kept everyone around her straight on the right path as she thrived from her environment and policed it as well.
Morrison was born in Brooklyn, New York and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Northwest University, Illinois. She moved forward to continue her education at the University of California Berkley School of Law. She decided to put her skills to work at the university’s law review as an Editor in Chief. When she passed the bar, she then decided to gain some experience working as a law clerk at the US Court of Appeals. In 1985, after a year of working there, she gathered enough valuable experience to move on to working with Supreme Court of Justice, Harry A. Blackman.
This was where she found her passion in equality, which then shaped the rest of her career. Even with the numerous death threats and harassments, Mr. Blackmun had made changes to women’s rights and abortion laws, creating justice for those who were discriminated. Seeing him doing his duty as a judge gave her the inspiration she needed to start her private practice. In 1986, she moved onto the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk, and Robkin. For ten years, she worked with class action suits and business litigation, realizing that this was going to be her career. During these years, she was made to look after a staff of over one hundred people. After seeing her skills in action, they finally appointed her full time in 1991. She dealt with lots of major investigations and some were so memorable, she published them in a book.
The government started to have interest in Helane Morrison’s abilities and skills and gave her a position at the San Francisco office of US Securities and Exchange. She gained so much accomplishments and control there that gave her a high profile. She was so impressive that she became the first woman to be given the title Head of Commission and Regional Director.
Helane Morrison was an expert at work and life balance. With the dedication and commitment she had, she served many on the board with many important organizations. With her commitment to justice, she has protected and helped many Hall Capital clients in need of financial help. She became known for her passion, with the “voice of change” and never one to back down. She had earned the title Most Influential Woman in the Bay Area Business. The traits she had resulted her in a long and impressive career marked by the industry.