Helane Morrison’s Excellent Performance at the SEC.

Helane Morrison is one of San Francisco’s most accomplished female attorneys. She has been serving the Securities and Exchange Commission in different capacities since 1996. Morrison works for the San Francisco District Office of the organization and has been its director of enforcement plans in the last three years. She offered outstanding services, which led to legal actions against organizations such as the Republic Securities of New York, and Dean Witter. The SEC acknowledged her excellent work and its chairperson, Arthur Levitt, recently announce that she will be serving as the chief of the San Francisco district.


Morrison’s promotion has made her in charge of all the undertakings of the office, which include enforcement and investigation. The territory that she will be managing covers Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Northern Nevada, Montana, and California. The San Francisco District is supervised by the Pacific Region office that operates from Los Angeles. The district was formerly run by David Bayless who has been its chief for five years before quitting the job to join Morrison & Foerster Law Company.


Before joining the SEC, Morrison had a career in the legal sector. She specialized in offering her services to businesses and individuals who had been sued by the SEC. Helane was also hired by various companies that were facing class action lawsuits and professionals who were conducting research on behalf of the commission. She was an attorney during arbitration between stock traders and clients who had sued them. The Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin hired her as an associate. The law firm is also based in San Francisco. Another job that she held was being a clerk of the Supreme Court’s Justice Harry Blackmun and the Court of Appeal’s Justice Richard A. Posner Justice Richard A. Posner.


Morrison and her accomplishments are noteworthy. She is among the few female chiefs that have been appointed by the SEC. The rest are Valerie Caproni, Carmen Lawrence, and Mary Keefe. They are based in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. According to Helane, the San Francisco office has been highly active for the past five years, and this has made it increase its enforcement and investigation staff from 30 to 60. Then two departments of the SEC supplement each other. The role of the investigations unit is to scrutinize the transactions of brokerage firms, investment counselors, and mutual funds. The enforcement department then enforces the recommendations that it receives from the detectives.