Michael W. Wise

Michael W. Wise (Cleveland, Ohio)

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 served on the Republican State Central Committee and has acted as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General for the last 11 years. He currently also serves as a trustee in Chagrin Falls Township.


• End of the year energy cheer, Business Advocate, December 2015
• It's the Utica..., Business Advocate, December 2015
• It's the shale stupid, Business Advocate, December 2015
• Seeking natural gas price equilibrium, Business Advocate, November 2015
• Former GOP candidate [and Harvard University!] show way on energy, Business Advocate, September 2015
• Obama's natural gas dance, Business Advocate, August 2015
• Debate 2015: Where is the energy?, Business Advocate, August 2015
• US shale and Utica are astounding, Business Advocate, July 2015
• More on Ohio's budget: Less severance, Business Advocate, June 2015
• It's June and it's Ohio Budget Time, Business Advocate, June 2015
• Can Solar Stay Hot?, Business Advocate, March 2015
• Could An Ohio Ballot Initiative Unite Severance Tax Foes?, Business Advocate, March 2015
• Utica in 2015 and the Oil and Gas Severance Tax, Business Advocate, January 2015
• Utica Shale Production in a Slump, Waiting for Next Boom, Geauga County Maple Leaf, March 26, 2015
• Daniel Yergin on the US and oil, Business Advocate, December 2014
• Walking the thin line of new taxes on shale, Business Advocate, December 2014
• Elections and energy: The next two years look to be a cold war, Business Advocate, November 2014
• Shale ignites american optimism, Business Advocate, October 201
• 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


• Energy Forum: Shale Update: 2015 analysis 2016 forecast, McDonald Hopkins Business Hour, December 1, 2015
• Energy Forum: Utica Outlook 2015, McDonald Hopkins Business Hour, January 20, 2015
• Energy Forum: Is solar right for your business ?, McDonald Hopkins Business Hour, March 6, 2014
• Energy Forum: Water Management Challenges in the Shale Industry, McDonald Hopkins Business Hour, October 30, 2013
• Creative Project Financing: Incentives for a recovering market, McDonald Hopkins Webcast, February 2013
• Energy Forum: It's all about water! Water challenges in the oil and gas industry, McDonald Hopkins webcast, February 13, 2013
• Peering over the fiscal cliff -- A post election analysis: What is the potential impact on business ?, McDonald Hopkins Roundtable, November 14, 2012
•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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Client Rating N/A
Peer Rating 4.4 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Energy Development and Procurement
  • Government Affairs
  • Public Finance and Economic Incentives
  • Shale Oil and Gas Issues
  • Water Development and Procurement
  • Business Litigation

Peer Rating

Peer Rating

Overall Peer Rating

4.4 out of 5.0
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1990, Ohio
Supreme Court of Ohio
Federal Court for the Northern District
Additional Payment Information
Fixed Hourly Rates
Fixed Fees Available
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
•American Council on Renewable Energy
•Leadership Cleveland, Class of 1994

Representative Cases
Cases / Matters: 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 tire registration for a distributor.; Represented a consortium of coal companies in securing a federal appropriation.; Representation of trade group of Ohio industrials regarding energy issues.; General counsel for an offshore wind project.; General counsel for an energy development company.; Representation of a national association with respect to election law disputes.; Representation of a major steel manufacturer with respect to a $250 million dollar federally guaranteed loan.; Representation of a major steel manufacturer with respect to a bankruptcy workout.; Representation of a coalition of Fortune 1000 companies with respect to a legislative initiative to mitigate asbestos exposure.; Representation of manufacturers and technology companies with respect to government economic assistance packages.; Representation of multiple steel companies on carbon reduction initiative.; Representation of a shale E&P with focus on legislative, regulatory, and water issues.; Formation and representation of an industrial water company.

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Fifth Third Building, 600 Superior Avenue, East, Suite 2100,
Cleveland, OH 44114-2653
Office Information
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Michael W. Wise
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Fifth Third Building, 600 Superior Avenue, East, Suite 2100,
Cleveland, OH 44114-2653

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McDonald Hopkins LLC (Cleveland, Ohio)