Michael Wise
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Michael W. Wise

Member; Board of Directors

EMAIL mwise@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.430.2034

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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 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.

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.

Representative 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.

Admissions - Court

  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • Federal Court for the Northern District

Admissions - State

  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Grove City College

Honors and Awards

Professional Membership

  • 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 (1992-1998)

Blog Posts

External Publications



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