Helane Morison is a reputable attorney who currently serves the Securities and Exchange Commission. She joined the SEC in 1996, and she served as the enforcement plan’s director of the San Francisco District Office. Morrison held the position for the past three years, and her good work was highly acknowledged by the organization. The SEC’s chairperson, Arthur Levitt, recently announced that she had been promoted to be the chief of the district.
The position that Helane currently holds makes her the head of the enforcement and analysis programs that are managed by the San Francisco division. The authority of the office covers Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Northern Nevada, North California, and Montana. The San Francisco unit is under the Pacific Region, which has its main offices in Los Angeles. The district was headed by David Bayless, and he had served for five years. He left the job to work for the Morrison & Forester law company.
Helane has been recognized for being the leader of various investigations since she was hired by the SEC in 1996. The inquiries that she headed assisted the commission to enforce the law against the Dean Witter, the Republic Securities of New York, and California Micro Device’s auditor. Morrison had a career in law before she was hired by the SEC, and her proficiency was in offering representation to individuals and firms that were sued by the organization. She provided legal services to companies that have class action cases that are related to securities and also professionals in conducting inquiries for the SEC. Helane also offered legal services during arbitrations to defend intermediaries and brokerage companies in litigations that were filed by customers. She was an associate of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, which was headquartered in San Francisco. Justice Harry Blackmun and Justice Richard A. Posner of the United States Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal also employed her to serve as a clerk.
Helane Morrison’s promotion made her one of the few women who have been made administrators of the SEC. Other female heads are Mary Keefe of Chicago, Valerie Caproni of Los Angeles, and Carmen Lawrence who is based in New York. Helane believes that the workload in the analysis and enforcement departments is currently rising and this has led to an increase in the number of employees at the San Francisco office from 30 to 60. The investigation department conducts inquiries on the books of brokerage firms, mutual funds, and investment counselors. It then passes the information to the enforcement unit to implement any recommendations.