Michael W. Wise

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Mike is a Member at McDonald Hopkins, the former Co-Chair of the firm’s Energy Practice Group and prior Chairman of the Firm’s Government and Public Finance Group. Mike has extensive experience working on gas and electricity related issues. He is also working directly with a number of advanced / renewable energy companies on finance and regulatory issues. Mike's practice includes both oil and gas issues (particularly as it relates to shale opportunities) and solar energy development.

Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins, Mike was the Director of Governor Taft’s Regional Economic Development Office in Cleveland, where he was the senior liaison between the Cleveland business community and the Governor. While at the Governor’s office, he was involved in numerous major public / private partnerships. Mike continues to assist clients in financially engineering their projects with the assistance of public support.

Mike is also a former member of the Ohio General Assembly, where he served as Chairman of the Higher Education Subcommittee.  Mike carried two key major education Bills that became law. One was to bring vouchers to the City of Cleveland and the other was to put the Cleveland mayor in charge of the Cleveland Public School District.  Mike is also former Co-Chair of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party. He served on the Republican State Central Committee and has acted as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General for the last 17 years. Finally, Mike served for eight years as an elected Township Trustee.

Mike earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1990. He attended Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and received a B.A., with highest honors, from Grove City College in 1984.