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  • AV Preeminent™ and 5.0/5.0 Peer Review Rating™ (Martindale Hubbell)
  • Best Lawyer® in America in Securities/Capital Markets Law (Best Lawyers Publishing), 24th and 25th Editions

Michael Wise is a valuable resource and prominent adviser within the complex and ever-changing financial services and regulatory space. He concentrates his practice on the management of compliance issues, complex transactions and litigation matters, and regularly provides counsel to brokers, investment advisers, and funds and derivatives market participants.

Having served in roles at the SEC’s Office of Enforcement, Chicago Stock Exchange and U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michael brings vast knowledge and experience to bear for the firms and individuals he represents before the SEC, self-regulatory organizations and state regulators in investigations and enforcement proceedings. His litigation activities include handling arbitrations before securities and futures exchanges, and appearing on behalf of investment professionals in disciplinary proceedings.

Additionally, Michael advises corporate and investment company officers and directors in governance and employment related matters, including internal investigations, and regularly represents professionals, such as compliance officers, accountants and other attorneys, working in the financial services area. Michael has served as a panelist at various industry association events, and as Adjunct Faculty at Chicago Kent College of Law.

When he’s not spending time with his family, Michael can be found bike-riding throughout the Chicagoland area.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois

Court Admissions

  • United States District Courts
    • Northern District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association

Industry Participation

  • Panelist, National Society of Compliance Professionals
  • Panelist, National Regulatory Services

Faculty Appointment

  • Adjunct Professor
    • Chicago Kent College of Law

Professional Experience

  • Lawrence Kamin, LLC
    • Partner: 1989-Present
  • Associate Counsel, Chicago Stock Exchange
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney
  • Branch Chief, Securities and Exchange Commission,
    • Office of Enforcement

Education

  • Washington University School of Law, J.D.,
    • 1979, Order of the Coif
  • Columbia, B.A., 1976

Michael Wise Among U.S. Experts Consulted on Denmark’s Dividend Case Settlement

Voluntary Dismissal of Mortgage Foreclosure Case May Preclude Subsequent Action on Promissory Note

FINRA Warns Firms Not to Lie or “Obfuscate” When Clients Ask About a Departed Rep

Michael Wise Selected for Best Lawyer in America® Book for Second Year

Clearing Arrangement for Introducing Broker-Dealers

Registration and Compliance Issues Facing Foreign Broker Dealers

Thoughtful Analysis – Key to Successful Compliance a Primer for New Compliance Officers

Managing Regulatory Investigations and Examinations for Cause

Regulatory Examinations For Cause

In addition to serving as a seminar panelist for various industry association events, Michael has co-authored articles on financial services issues with Paul Uhlenhop, including “Managing Regulatory Investigations,” published in The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation, “Regulatory Examinations For Cause,” and “Clearing Arrangements for Introducing Broker-Dealers” (in Broker Dealer Regulation, PLI (2018)).

Clearing Arrangement for Introducing Broker-Dealers, Chapter 17A, Broker-Dealer Regulation.

Registration and Compliance Issues Facing Foreign Broker Dealers, NSCP Currents

Thoughtful Analysis – Key to Successful Compliance a Primer for New Compliance Officers, NSCP Currents

Managing Regulatory Investigations and Examinations for Cause, National Regulatory Service Fall Compliance Conference

Regulatory Examinations for Cause, National Society of Compliance Professionals Midwest Regional Meeting

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