Helane Morrison Takes the Legal World by Storm

There aren’t many business-focused professionals that we, the public, feel we can trust. While everyone hopes that they can better the world, there are a few that wish to better only themselves. It seems like the only people good at influencing the economy are those who want to control the economy. In recent decades, there has been one businesswoman who exemplifies what we want in a business leader. Helane Morrison is quickly becoming one of the most renowned business experts the world has ever known.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Helane Morrison had an average childhood. She didn’t know what her future held for her, but she did know that she was intrigued by the world of business. After high school, she attended Northwestern University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Unsatisfied with her status, she attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. There, she was able to use her journalism degree as she was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. She also earned a Juris Doctor from the University. In 1987, she passed the State Bar of California.

Even though she was not accepted to the California Bar until 1987, she began her career in law in 1984. She started out like many other lawyers do, as a law clerk. She worked for Richard A. Posner, who worked for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. A year later, Helane started working for Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court. The next year, she got a job working for a private law firm, Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk, & Rabkin. By 1991, Morrison was a partner, which she remained as for five more years.

Helane was such a force in the legal world that she began to get noticed by those higher up in the system. In 1996, Morrison was asked to join the SEC. Her first responsibility was as Head of Regional Enforcement Activities. Eventually, she was promoted to running the entire San Francisco office. Even though she only worked in California, she oversaw the enforcement and examinations of many other states. Morrison led the SEC to take on some of the biggest names in the industry. She earned herself a reputation for tackling several high-profile cases. She is a powerful woman who shows no fear when it comes to challenging the big boys.


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