In 2007 the US financial markets plunged in value under multiple charges of misconduct and widespread corruption. I was impressed that one of the few to take a stand for ethics with integrity was Helane Morrison. She litigated for 5 states in the Northwest and Northern California as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Regional Director. Working out of the SEC’s San Francisco office, Ms. Morrison provided expert counsel for the federal government’s case against a robbers nest of Wall Street thieves, in my opinion.
The financial sector’s meltdown burned a huge hole in the U.S. economy that has not fully been healed, even today. It precipitated the worst recession ever, except for the 1930s Great Depression era. Then as in 2007, millions of investors, mostly pensioners, lost their entire life savings to a litany of thieving lairs that scurried like rats from many sinking ships. Then these same sick companies stuck their hands out like homeless victims to be bailed out by the Federal government.
In my mind it was Helane Morrison who stood her ground and called for thorough the investigations and prosecution of the guilty. With her pursuit of the truth, the sad disgusting mess was unwound and exposed. I am so glad she remained true to her office and worked hard to reestablish ethical operations in the financial sector. She truly helped a struggling nation restore some level of faith in private investing by exposing all the conspiracies, mishandled money, and cooked books of Americas financial institutions. She was instrumental in the successful prosecution of Bernie Madoff and several other modern-day robber barons. She then helped to once again bring Wall Street to heel with strong antitrust suits and a continual stand for corporate accountability.
I have read that Helane Morrison left the SEC in 2007, after all the disgusting mess had been cleared up. She is now the Managing Director, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer for Hall Capital Partners. She has come a long way from her early days as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blacknum. After that she also clerked for a US Court of Appeals judge Richard A. Posner. She began her work in private practice at the firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. She was there for 10 years.
Read more about Helane Morrison’s background on Crunchbase or connect with her on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/helane-morrison-739aa1110