When Wall Street crooks did there misdeeds that lead to the economic free fall and subsequent deep recession in 2007, I was as mortified and angry as everyone else. Why aren’t these robber baron jerks being thrown in prison, I reasoned!? It was so great to see one woman in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stand up and enforce the law, as Helane Morrison entered the scene and restored proper business ethics. She was instrumental in the investigations and prosecution of the bad guys, like Bernie Madoff, who ‘made off’ with so much of the life savings of so many hard working fellow Americans.
Based in her San Francisco office of the SEC that serves 5 Northwestern states and all of Northern California, Morrison wasted no time in launching multiple intensive and direct investigations that surprised the corrupt business men’s status quo. Few of these ne’er-do-wells probably thought they would ever have to face justice. She taught the rats to fear the power of the right side of the law, in my opinion! And she did it while being berated and threatened by all the attendants of the power elite, corrupt, and arrogant jaded thieves.
But, Helane Morrison restored much of the lost faith in the American business system, as well as the Justice system. I am so impressed!
Helane Morrison has more than paid her dues. She began her professional legal career as a law clerk for Associate Justice Harry Blackmun, of the Supreme Court. She also clerked for Richard A. Posner, a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge. Then she spent 10 years perfecting her knowledge and investigative skills working at the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, before being appointed to the SEC. Helane left the SEC after the dust settled in 2007, and is now Hall Capital Partners LLC’s General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Managing Director.