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Michael Wise

Michael Wise

Of Counsel
  • 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


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

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