The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation

70 W. Madison Street
Suite 2050
Chicago, Illinois 60602, United States
Contact: Marc Lane
Phone: 312-372-1040
Fax: 312-346-1040
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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Number of Attorneys
2-10 Attorneys

Practice/Organization Description

Marc J. Lane, a nationally recognized business and tax attorney, Master Registered Financial Planner, Registered Financial Counselor and Certified Investment Specialist, is the Founder of Marc J. Lane Wealth Group (

Marc is an expert on entrepreneurship & entrepreneurial finance, and an influential advocate of best corporate governance practices. Twice a recipient of the Illinois State Bar Association's Lincoln Award, Marc, a “Leading Illinois Attorney” and “Illinois Super Lawyer,” has consistently earned an "AV® Preeminent™" rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, the highest ranking awarded. Martindale-Hubbell also includes him in its Bar Registry of Preeminent Attorneys.

Marc is an innovator in helping social enterprises and social entrepreneurs leverage capital to maximize financial results while driving positive social change and teaches Social Enterprise at Northwestern University School of Law. Marc is the pioneer behind the Advocacy Investing® approach to socially responsible and mission-related investing (

Marc is actively involved in championing Low-profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) legislation, which authorizes the new hybrid business form which can leverage foundations' program-related investments to access trillions of dollars of market-driven capital for ventures with modest financial prospects, but the possibility of major social impact. Marc has served as a Director of Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) and spearheaded the launch of its Chicago chapter, which he continues to serve as President and a Director. He has also chaired SEA’s affiliate, The Center for Social Enterprise Accreditation. By appointment of Gov. Pat Quinn, he chaired the State of Illinois’ Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise and was a Commissioner of the Serve Illinois Commission. By appointment of Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, he now serves as Vice Chairperson of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation.

Marc is the author of 35 books, including:

* The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World's Most Vexing Social Problems

* Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Drive Entrepreneurs

* Representing Corporate Officers, Directors, Managers, and Trustees

* Profitable Socially Responsible Investing: An Institutional Investor's Guide

* Advising Entrepreneurs: Dynamic Strategies for Financial Growth

Bar Admissions


New York

U. S. Tax Court


Northwestern University School of Law

Professional Associations & Memberships

Citizen Works: Member, Corporate Reform Commission (2003-Present);

Grant A Wish, Inc.: Chairman of the Board (1987-1991), Member, Honorary Board (1992-Present);

United States Congress: Member, Legal Advisory Board, Fifth Congressional District, Illinois, Chair, Committee on Business and Tax Legislation (1995-1997);

American Bar Association: Legal Expert, Central and East European Law Initiative (1996-Present);

Social Venture Partners Chicago: Founding Partner;

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Governing Member (1997-Present);

Roads Without Ramps: Director (1997-Present);

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce: Member, Small Business Council Advisory Board (1998-2000);

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship: Member, Advisory Board, Chicago Chapter (2000-Present);

Social Enterprise Alliance, Director, Member, Policy Committee and Member, Governance Committee (2009-Present);

Social Enterprise Alliance, Chicago Chapter, Director, President (2009-Present)

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell, Inc., “AV” (highest) rating, inclusion in Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys;

American Research Corporation, Peer-selected as a Leading Illinois Attorney;

Law and Politics, Peer-selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009;

Dictionary of International Biography, Certificate of Merit for Distinguished Service to the Community;

Marquis Who's Who Publication Board, Inclusion as a subject of biographical record;

Illinois State Bar Association, Lincoln Awards, 1973 and 1977;

United States Congress, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 1995, 1996;

President William J. Clinton, Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the White House Conference on Small Business, 1995;

Illinois State Bar Association, Certificate in Recognition and Appreciation of Outstanding Service, 1996, 1997;

International Association for Financial Planning, Award in Appreciation for Distinguished Membership, 1996

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