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A Brief History of San Francisco Litigator, Helane Morrison

Helane Morrison works as the managing director, chief compliance officer, and general counsel of Hall Capital Partners. She also performs her duties as the executive committee of the firm. Before joining the company in 2007, Morrison used to be the Head of San Francisco Office that used to deal with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The commission is based at the District Office, and Mrs. Morrison is the first woman to serve as the chief of the district.

In the San Francisco’s office, her work entailed enforcing and examining the programs that are within the office jurisdiction. These programs included the ones that are located in Montana, Washington, Idaho, Northern California, Oregon, and northern Nevada. She is succeeding David Bayless, who had served as the San Francisco’s office administrator for five years. Bayless left to join Morrison & Foerster, which is a law firm that is based in San Francisco.

Helane Morrison has supervised some key investigations since joining the firm, and three of them resulted in the enforcement action being taken against the Republic Securities of New York, auditors of California Micro Devices, and the Dean Witter.

Before she started working for the Securities and Exchange Commission, she represented the customers who had been sued by the SEC. She used to defend securities clients in suits, and she did also represent the officers in the securities industry in SEC investigations. Some of other duties that she used to perform included defending brokers and other stock brokerage companies in lawsuits that had been brought by customers. While doing the work, she used to be a partner in a certain company in San Francisco owned by Howard, Rice, Canady, Nemerovski, Falk & Rabkin.

Helane Morrison is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law that is situated in UC-Berkeley. She is among the few administrators that are within the SEC. Her hard work in the San Francisco District Office has led to an increase in the number of workers in the facility due to an increase in the workload for both the examination and enforcement staff.

The core function of the examination department is to book and record all the registered entities including the investment advisers, mutual funds, and registered entities. They can also engage themselves in solving other problems that include writing deficiency letters and also making of requests for the correction of some of the business practices. The key duty of the enforcement workforce is to investigate and also prosecute the individuals who swindle the investors.

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