Marc J. Lane


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

He is an expert on entrepreneurship and 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. By appointment of Gov. Pat Quinn, he served as Chairman of the State of Illinois’ Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise; and by appointment of Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, serves as Vice Chairman of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation.

Marc, who has taught Entrepreneurial Finance and the nation’s first law school course on Social Enterprise at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, is an innovator in helping social impact stakeholders leverage capital to maximize financial results while driving positive social change. He is also the pioneer behind the Advocacy Investing® approach to socially responsible and mission-related investing(

Marc has successfully championed Low-profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) laws throughout the nation, authorizing 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. A past Director of Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA), he spearheaded the launch of its Chicago chapter, which he continues to serve as its Chairman.

He is the author of 36 books including Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs (American Bar Association), The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World’s Most Vexing Social Problems(John Wiley and Sons), and Representing Corporate Officers and Directors and LLC Managers(Aspen Publishers).