Michael W. Wise (Cleveland, Ohio)
Michael W. Wise (Cleveland, Ohio)

Michael W. Wise

Licensed for 26 years

Practice Area: Energy, State and local government affairs, Ohio Shale 5 more areas of practice + 5 more

Awards
BV Distinguished
Member at firm McDonald Hopkins LLC

Michael W. Wise

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Partner at firm McDonald Hopkins LLC

Serving Cleveland, OH view address

Fixed hourly rates, Fixed fees available

Awards BV Distinguished

About Michael W. Wise

Experience

Mike is the 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 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 securi...

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Experience

Mike is the 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 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. 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 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.

Mike earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1990. He graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 1986, and received a B.A., with highest honors, from Grove City College in 1984.

Insights

Alerts

•The rising tide of produced water
•U.S. EPA progress report on fracking and drinking water

Blog Posts

•US energy security is on the rise
•Who is #1 in the Utica?
•State of shale dependent on responsible energy policy
•More on the presidential hopefuls and energy policy
•Governor Kasich steps out on energy
•Say what?! Energy Secretary Moniz and the pipeline problem
•It is time for Congress to support the US Oil & Gas Industry
•End of the year energy cheer
•It's the Utica...
•It's the shale stupid
•Seeking natural gas price equilibrium
•Former GOP candidate [and Harvard University!] show way on energy
•Obama's natural gas dance
•Daniel Yergin on oil's historic year
•Debate 2015: Where is the energy?
•US shale and Utica are astounding
•More on Ohio's budget: Less severance
•It's June and it's Ohio Budget Time
•Can Solar Stay Hot?
•Could An Ohio Ballot Initiative Unite Severance Tax Foes?
•Utica in 2015 and the Oil and Gas Severance Tax
•Daniel Yergin on the US and Oil
•Walking the thin line of new taxes on shale
•Elections and Energy: The next two years look to be a Cold War
•Shale ignites American optimism
•Iraq War III: More of the same with a twist
•Solar is surviving shale
•NY snoozes while PA booms
•Shale drives growth of natural gas transportation
•Shale boom shields markets from international disruptions
•Shale in the Political Balance
•Is the US blowing the Shale Revolution?
•Maine and Ohio: Natural gas causing divergent economic paths
•SE Ohio and Gulfport Energy are HOT - BP and NE Ohio not so much
•US needs all forms of energy and PTC extension is critical
•The State of Solar
•Ohio Supreme Court Case - Home Rule and Preemption
•Is solar right for your business?
•Economic Impact of Shale
•Shale: The Rock that Rocked the World
•Global Impact of US Shale
•An energy issue to watch in 2014 - Transporting frac water by barge
•Cleveland Based Key Bank Bullish on Gulfport Energy
•Water Management Challenges in the Shale Industry
•Wind Energy in Ohio
•truSolar Initiative
•Where will new electric generation originate?
•Great Britain's Shale Energy Dilemma
•Shale Gas - A Canadian Perspective
•More Water Issues!

News

•Cogeneration Coalition formed to assist in the development of favorable public policy

External Publications

• Utica Shale Production in a Slump, Waiting for Next Boom, Geauga County Maple Leaf, March 26, 2015
• 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

Events

•Energy Forum: Oil and gas revisited Wednesday, June 15, 2016
•Energy Forum: Shale Update: 2015 analysis 2016 forecast Tuesday, December 1, 2015
•Energy Forum: Utica Outlook 2015 Tuesday, January 20, 2015
•Energy Forum: Is solar right for your business? Thursday, March 6, 2014
•Energy Forum: Water Management Challenges in the Shale Industry Wednesday, October 30, 2013
•Creative project financing Thursday, February 28, 2013
•Energy Forum: It's all about water! Water challenges in the oil and gas industry. Wednesday, February 13, 2013
•Energy Forum: Water challenges in the oil and gas industry. Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Speaking engagements

•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

Honors and Awards

•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

Public Service and Volunteerism

•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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  • 4.5/5.0 1 review
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  • Judgment

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  • Communication

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 06/05/14 in Public Law

    I have known Mike Wise for a number of years and worked with him on several matters. I know him to be a man of outstanding ethical character and exceptional qualificatio... Read more

    I have known Mike Wise for a number of years and worked with him on several matters. I know him to be a man of outstanding ethical character and exceptional qualifications.

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
    • Legal Experience

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      Credentials

      Position
      Member
      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
      J.D.
      University Attended
      Grove City College
      Class of 1984
      B.A.
      Birth Information
      Born in 1962
      Cleveland, Ohio, 1962
      Associations & Memberships

      Professional Membership

      •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.
      Assisted pipeline EPC with state and FERC related issues.
      PPP projects include multiple sports stadiums, highways, convention centers, and short line railroads.

      Areas of Law

      • Energy
      • State and local government affairs
      • Ohio Shale
      • Oil and gas
      • Energy litigation
      • Renewable energy development
      • Public finance
      • Solar energy for universities and academic institutions