Michael W. Wise

Attorney in Cleveland, OH
Professional Experience
Mike is the Co-Chair of the firm's Energy Practice Group and prior Chairman of the Firm's Government 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 oil and gas issues, particularly as it relates to shale opportunities.

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, Mike worked on securing state funds for local projects ranging from infrastructure improvements to tax credits for job creation to capital improvement projects for the region. 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 and the former Co-Chair of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party. He currently serves as a trustee in Chagrin Falls Township.

• Iraq War III: More of the same with a twist , Business Advocate, October 2014
• Solar is surviving shale , Business Advocate, September 2014
• NY snoozes while PA booms , Business Advocate, September 2014
• Shale drives growth of natural gas transportation , Business Advocate, September 2014
• Shale boom shields markets from international disruptions , Business Advocate, September 2014
• How energy projects are driving the national, state and local economies , Smart Business Magazine, April 2012
• How to find the best electricity provider to meet your needs , Smart Business Magazine, July 2010
• Energy savvy business , Smart Business Magazine, August 2009

• Creative Project Financing: Incentives for a recovering market , McDonald Hopkins LLC Webcast, February 2013
•Moderator, Energy Forum on Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) , June 7, 2012
•State Renewables Policies - Lessons Learned After a Decade of Success, ABA/ACORE Webinar, Moderator, February 15, 2012
•Co-Chair of the monthly ABA/ACORE Webinar Series

Awards and Honors
•Presidential Citation Award, Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio, 2012
•Forty Under 40: The Class of 1995, Crain's Cleveland Business
•Leadership Cleveland: The Class of 1994
•Ohio Roundtable Leadership in Government Award, 1994

Community Activities
•Chagrin Falls Township Trustee (2009-Present)
•Cuyahoga County Republican Party, Co-Chair (2000-2005)
•Governor Taft's Northeast Ohio Regional Representative (1999-2000)
•Ohio State Representative (1992-1998)

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Areas of Law

  • Energy Development
  • Energy Procurement
  • Oil and Gas Issues
  • State and Local Government Affairs
  • Public Finance and Economic Incentives


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Experience & Credentials



Admission Details

Admitted in 1990, Ohio
Supreme Court of Ohio
Federal Court for the Northern District

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  • Law School Attended

    Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Class of 1990

    University Attended

    Grove City College
    Class of 1984

    Birth Information

    Born in 1962
    Cleveland, Ohio, 1962

    Associations & Memberships

    Professional Associations•American Bar Association •American Council of Young Political Leaders •Great Lakes Energy Task Force •Leadershi... More

    Representative Cases

    Represents a national oil and gas driller with respect to government issues and land rights. Represented an advanced energy company in regards to its FERC permits for an installation off the coast of New Jersey. Represented a start up company in regards to its FERC and Army Corp permits for river installations. Obtained a new Final Rule regarding t... More

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    Michael W. Wise
    Fifth Third Building 600 Superior Avenue, East, Suite 2100,
    Cleveland, OH 44114-2653

    Maintains an office in multiple locations

    McDonald Hopkins LLC (Cleveland, Ohio)

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