Compliance officer is a relatively new term in the workplace. A compliance officer does everything to ensure that a company is not penalized, does not face lawsuits and that it maintains a positive reputation. As we all know, the success of a business is greatly determined by its ability to maintain a good reputation. Therefore, a compliance officer’s role in a company cannot be underestimated. They help companies comply with the rules and standards set in their industry, locally, nationally and internationally.
Helane Morrison is one name that commonly pops up when discussions about compliance are being held. Helane Morrison is currently the chief compliance officer at Hall Capital Partners, LLC. She also seats on the board of directors and is also the company’s chief counsel and managing director.
Helane Morrison was born in Brooklyn, where she also studied. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism, from the Northwestern University. She further joined the Berkeley based University of California’s Laws School and had her Juris Doctor. When she was taking her law degree she was involved in writing of the California Law Review, as it chief editor.
Upon graduating from college, Morrison was employed as a law clerk for Harry A. Blackmun who was the Justice for the US court of Appeal for the Seventh Circuit. One year later, she changed employers and started working as a law clerk for Hon. Richard A. Posner the US Supreme Court’s Justice at the time. She worked there for one year.
In the year 1996, Morrison got an opportunity to work for Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, a law firm that is based in Francisco. After a decade of working there and dedicating herself to bringing the best results, she was promoted and made partner. As a partner she now managed her own practice. She was involved in the investigation of internal issues, she also worked as a litigator and would offer defense services for private securities.
Later, Morrison left the law firm and was appointed by the Securities Exchange Commission. She was to represent their San Francisco branch as the head of enforcement. She would represent SEC to the media, other government agencies, in business and in legal matters. Three years later she was promoted to be the district administrator and regional director of SEC. she worked 8 more years before she was tapped by Hall Capital Partners.