Michael W. Wise
Mike is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Energy Practice Group and prior Chairman of the Firm’s Government and Public Finance Group. He serves on the firm's Board of Directors. 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 both oil and gas issues (particularly as it relates to shale opportunities) and solar energy development.
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, 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, where he served as Chairman of the Higher Education Subcommittee. Mike carried two key major education Bills that became law. One was to bring vouchers to the City of Cleveland and the other was to put the Cleveland mayor in charge of the Cleveland Public School District. Mike is also 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 17 years. Finally, Mike served for eight years as an elected Township Trustee.
Mike earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1990. He attended Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and received a B.A., with highest honors, from Grove City College in 1984.
- 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.
- Represented nationwide solar EPC on development issues.
- Represented nationwide solar lender on project financing.
- Represented multiple regional solar developers on project development.
- 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.
Admissions - Court
- Federal Court for the Northern District
- Ohio Supreme Court
Admissions - State
- West Virginia
- Case Western Reserve University School of Law
- Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
- Grove City College
Honors and Awards
- Presidential Citation Award, Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio
- Forty Under 40: The Class of 1995, Crain's Cleveland Business
- Leadership Cleveland: The Class of 1994
- Ohio Roundtable Leadership in Government Award (1994)
- Selected as a Best Lawyer in America (2020-2022)
- Ohio Oil and Gas Leasing Commission
- American Bar Association
- American Council of Young Political Leaders
- American Council on Renewable Energy
- Leadership Cleveland, Class of 1994
Public Service and Volunteerism
- Chagrin Falls Township Trustee (2009-2018)
- Cuyahoga County Republican Party, Co-Chair (2000-2005)
- Governor Taft’s Northeast Ohio Regional Representative (1999-2000)
- Ohio State Representative; Chairman, Higher Education Subcommittee (1992-1998)
- States begin to mandate facial coverings in effort to combat COVID-19
- HEROES Act: House of Representatives pass the largest economic stimulus bill in history
- Congress passes $484B coronavirus relief bill
- Confusion remains as state attorneys general order businesses to shutdown
- Ohio to extend stay-at-home order until May 1
- CARES Act: An early analysis of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act
- Ohio non-essential businesses forced to close through April 6
- Ohio governor vetoes sales tax exemption for oil and gas equipment
- Ohio Dormant Mineral Act decision appealed to US Supreme Court
- Ohio Supreme Court decides three critical Dormant Mineral Cases
- Markets paying close attention to ESG in agricultural industry
- Companies must adapt as investors' increased emphasis on ESG proves these new standards are here to stay
- Congress passes the American Rescue Plan after multiple delays
- Ohio governor signs bill spearheaded by Senator Dolan, allowing "Benefit Corporations"
- House Bill 218 expanding the use of public-private partnerships
- House of Representatives passes emergency USPS legislation
- President Trump bypasses Congress and introduces four new executive actions to address COVID-19
- Senate Republicans introduce a new stimulus package: The HEALS Act
- Moving Forward Act passes through the House of Representatives but faces uncertain future
- Digesting the Moving Forward Act's expansive public finance provisions
- House of Representatives Democrats push for complete overhaul of America's infrastructure in new Moving Forward Act
- Ohio Department of Health modifies the Stay Safe Ohio Order: What actually changed?
- Ohio set to expand civil immunity measures: What the healthcare industry and other businesses should watch for
- Ohio businesses move towards a slow and restricted reopening
- Ohio set to begin phased reopening Friday, May 1
- States reopening despite federal guidelines
- A timeline for returning to normal: When will each state reopen?
- Only limited construction projects permissible under Michigan stay-at-home order
- Comparing stay-at-home orders: Permitted activities in one state may be a violation in another
- Available state resources and incentives
- Floridians ordered to stay home with exceptions to perform essential activities through April 30
- Updated guidance on SBA economic disaster loans
- New businesses and workers considered essential under updated CISA guidelines
- Ohio elections, taxation, open meetings, water utilities and more: Public entities affected by sweeping state COVID-19 response
- Navigating a stay-at-home order: Is your business non-essential?
- Michigan non-essential businesses forced to close through April 13
- Illinois non-essential businesses forced to close through April 7
- Navigating through economic instability and COVID-19: SBA economic injury disaster loans
- In the face of cybersecurity threats, federal court orders Georgia to reform voting systems
- Efforts underway to mitigate cyber risks facing US elections
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expands cybersecurity incident reporting requirements
- Texas enacts new laws bolstering cybersecurity of utilities and electric cooperatives
- What’s driving Ohio’s new political map: Shale or Trump? ... Shale!
- Fighting energy poverty with natural gas
- Utica Summit VI: What We Learned in Canton, Ohio
- Natural gas boom in Appalachia and Northeast is good for region, and it serves national interest
- The role of trade in Trump's principled realism
- The incredible impact of natural gas on Ohio and the U.S.
- Brooklyn Solar Project Update
- Solar is "in" in Brooklyn, Ohio
- What is causing the U.S. decline in CO2 emissions?
- Massachusetts’ NIMBY approach to energy is jeopardizing the environment globally
- Change in policy needed to ensure untapped energy potential is reached
- 4 unappreciated truths about natural gas
- Northeast utilizing dirty, expensive fuel oil – not clean natural gas – during this deep freeze
- Midwest rides out record cold with economical natural gas
- Trump can lead an energy renaissance that environmentalists should support
- An active FERC could achieve a win-win-win
- Dysfunction in Washington impacts energy projects
- Trump’s Energy Week focuses on America’s energy dominance
- Unique solar platforms offer new energy solutions
- Shale industry closing the door on energy re-regulation in Ohio
- Appalachia rising
- Shale midstream at a crossroads
- Comparing 100 days of Trump vs. Obama
- 2017 is affirming that shale is transformative
- In Ohio energy policy, the new squares off with the old
- Update on Trump's energy initiatives
- Can natural gas prices break out?
- President Trump’s Energy Plan
- The Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Shale
- Appalachian Shale’s Trump Card
- MH Energy Exchange Ep. 001: The Republican Party energy platform with Dan Carter
- More natural gas pricing trends
- Natural gas breaks through $3
- Big Ohio shale shout out
- Conservatives and clean energy
- Post-Convention Energy Insights
- Golden Age of US Energy
- 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
- 50 McDonald Hopkins attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers
- Lawyer of the Year honorees Riley and Welin among 42 McDonald Hopkins attorneys recognized as 2021 Best Lawyers
- Major disaster declaration critical to Ohio governments
- MH serves as counsel in second solar project of the year
- 41 attorneys from McDonald Hopkins recognized as 2020 Best Lawyers®
- McDonald Hopkins holds discussion to examine impact of tariffs on U.S. solar development
- "Dublin-based IGS to develop solar farm on former landfill near Cleveland"
- "IGS Solar to Begin Construction of Solar on Landfill Site in Ohio"
- MH Business Exchange Episode 4 forecasts the future of the US energy market and its impact on the economy
- "Kasich announces appointments to state boards and commissions"
- "Brooklyn solar farm work to start soon"
- "Charter Steel's planned $153 million expansion in Cuyahoga Heights wins a key approval"
- "Solar farm proposed for Brooklyn landfill clears another hurdle"
- "Where will Cuyahoga County build its first solar farm?"
- Cogeneration Coalition formed to assist in the development of favorable public policy
- "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
- Public Law in Practice - Ohio's New Tool to Fund Erosion Control Projects | Wednesday, June 9, 2021
- Ohio Energy Management Conference & Virtual Institute | Thursday, February 18, 2021
- A Decade of Shale: Benefits and Challenges for Ohio and Appalachia | Thursday, November 21, 2019
- 2018 TriState Infrastructure Summit | Tuesday, November 27, 2018
- U.S. Solar Development in a Tariff World | Tuesday, April 24, 2018
- Going Solar in Ohio and Beyond | Tuesday, June 27, 2017
- LUNCH WITH Ohio State Senator Matt Dolan | Monday, May 22, 2017
- Shale Update: 2016 Analysis I 2017 Forecast | Tuesday, November 29, 2016
- 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
- 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