Marc J. Lane

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Closely Held Business Attorney in Chicago, IL

The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, A Professional Corporation
 | 70 W. Madison Street, Suite 2050
Chicago, IL 60602-4256
Phone: 312-372-1040
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2008, 2010 - 2015, 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1971
Practice Areas:
  • Closely Held Business (20%),
  • Nonprofit Organizations (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Tax: Business (20%),
  • Securities & Corporate Finance (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Marc J. Lane is the president and founder of the Law Offices of Marc J. Lane in Chicago, Illinois. A Master Registered Financial Planner, Registered Financial Counselor and certified investment specialist as well as an attorney, he provides services in estate planning and administration, tax law, and business and corporate law to clients throughout the state.

Mr. Lane is a nationally recognized figure in both the legal and financial industries. A leader in his field, he is an active member of several organizations, including the National Association of Securities Dealers Inc., the American Association of Retired Persons Legal Services Network, the Illinois chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago and the Chicago Council of Lawyers, among many others.

Mr. Lane has been recognized by his peers as an AV Preeminent attorney. Martindale-Hubbell also includes him in its Bar Registry of Preeminent Attorneys, which is a testament to the fact that Mr. Lane's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. He has authored 35 books and regularly gives lectures and seminars on business, taxation and personal finance.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Closely Held Business (20%)

Nonprofit Organizations (20%): Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Tax (20%): Tax Law

Securities & Corporate Finance (10%): Securities Law

Estate Planning & Probate (10%): Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts, Wills

Focus Areas

Nonprofit Organizations: Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations

Business/Corporate: Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Tax: Tax Law

Securities & Corporate Finance: Securities Law

Estate Planning & Probate: Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts, Wills

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2008, 2010 - 2015, 2017 - 2018

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White Papers

  • "The Illinois Low-profit Limited Liability Company (L3C)," The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, A Professional Corporation, 2010

  • The Family Foundation and the L3C, Family Office Association, 2009

  • Corporate Behavior Screening: A New Perspective for Social Investors, Marc J. Lane Investment Management, Inc., 2004

  • An Overview of the 1987 Tax Act, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, 1988

  • An Overview of Recent Legislative Changes Affecting Employee Benefit Plans, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, 1988

  • A Summary of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (P.L. 103-3), The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, 1993

  • Key Features of the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, 1993

  • Incentives and Opportunities for Israeli Companies to Do Business in the United States, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, June, 1994

  • Incentives and Opportunities for Israeli Companies to Do Business in the United States, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, June, 1994

  • U.S. Credit Facilities Available to Argentine Enterprises Doing Business in the United States, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, July, 1994

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: The New Tax Benefits, The New Design Choices, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane Elder Law Center, 1997

  • A Reconsideration of Behavioral Screening: The Case for Advocacy Investing®, Marc J. Lane Investment Management, Inc., 2003

  • About Marc Lane

    Admitted: 1971, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: http://www.marcjlane.com/about-our-founder/

    Honors and Awards:

    • Directory of American Scholars, Inclusion as a subject of biographical record, 2000
    • Nominated as One of the "Best Financial Advisers", Worth Magazine, 1999
    • Award for "Contributing Immeasurably to the Center's Growth and Development," The University of Illinois Center for Urban Business, 1997
    • Certificate in Appreciation for Service as a Member of the Business Advice and Financial Planning Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association, 1997
    • Recognition as a "Business Leader", Small Business Survival Committee, 1996
    • Certificate of Congressional Recognition, United States Congress, 1996
    • Award in Appreciation for Distinguished Membership, International Association for Financial Planning, 1996
    • Certificate in Recognition and Appreciation of Outstanding Service, Illinois State Bar Association, 1996
    • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, United States Congress, 1995
    • "Crystal Globe" Award, Tax Executives Institute, 1992
    • Distinguished Service Award, Grant A Wish, Inc., 1990
    • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., Inclusion in its Experience Registry, 1993 - Present
    • Lincoln Awards, Illinois State Bar Association, 1973 and 1977
    • Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who's Who Publication Board
    • Who's Who in the Midwest, Marquis Who's Who Publication Board
    • Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Marquis Who's Who Publication Board
    • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis Who's Who Publication Board
    • Martindale-Hubbell, Inc., "AV" (highest) rating: "very high" legal ability; "embraces faithful adherence to ethical standards, professional reliability and diligence, and other pertinent factors"
    • President William J. Clinton, Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the White House Conference on Small Business, 1995
    • Chicago Dental Society, Certificate of Recognition, 1977
    • Who's Who Among Top Executives, Inclusion as a subject of biographical record
    • Gale Research, Inclusion as a subject of biographical record in Dictionary of American Scholars
    • Cambridge Who's Who Registry of Business Leaders, Inclusion as a subject of biographical record
    • International Biographical Centre, Inclusion in International Authors and Writers Who's Who
    • American Directory of Who's Who in Executives and Businesses, Inclusion as a subject of biographical record
    • The National Registry of Who's Who, Inclusion as a subject of biographical record
    • National Directory of Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, Inclusion as a subject of biographical record
    • International Who's Who of Professionals, Inclusion as a subject of biographical record
    • International Who's Who, Inclusion as a subject of biographical record
    • Dictionary of International Biography, Certificate of Merit for Distinguished Service to the Community
    • Gale Research, Inc., Inclusion as a subject of biographical record in Contemporary Authors
    • American Research Corporation, Peer-selected as a Leading Illinois Attorney
    • Martindale-Hubbell, Inc., inclusion in Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certificate in Legal Aspects of E-Commerce, Chicago-Kent College of Law/Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 2000
    • Recipient of Certificate of Completion, Securities Arbitration Training, NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.), 1996
    • Recipient of Certificate in Long-Term Care Insurance, Professional Training Services, 1995
    • Certificate in Mediation, Northern Illinois University College of Law, De Kalb, Illinois, 1995
    • Registered Financial Consultant, The International Association of Registered Financial Consultants, Inc., 1995
    • Registered Financial Consultant, The International Association of Professional Financial Consultants, Inc., 1994
    • Master Registered Financial Planner, The International Association of Registered Financial Planners, Inc., 1987
    • Certified Investment Specialist, The International Association of Registered Financial Planners, Inc., 1993 - Present
    • Registered Options Principal - Series 4
    • Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination - Series 65
    • Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination - Series 63
    • General Securities Representative - Series 7
    • General Securities Principal - Series 24

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State of New York, 2006
    • United States Tax Court, 1974
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1971
    • State of Illinois, 1971
    • Liaison, Committee on Attorneys in Small Law Firms, American Bar Association
    • Member, Round Table Group (Think Tank), 2007 - Present
    • Registered Options Principal, National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., 1997 - Present
    • General Securities Principal, National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., 1996 - Present
    • Illinois Accident/Health, Fire, Casualty, Life, Variable Contracts and Long Term Care Insurance Broker (Producer), Illinois Department of Insurance, 1969 - Present
    • Illinois Real Estate Broker, Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, 1968 - Present
    • Member, Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., 1978 - Present
    • Member, North Business & Industrial Council (NORBIC)
    • Member, International Trade Association of Greater Chicago
    • Member, National Association of Corporate Directors
    • International Association for Financial Planning, Practitioners' Division, 1991 - Present
    • Member, International Association for Financial Planning, 1986 - Present
    • Member, Philanthropic Advisors Network, Council on Foundations, 2003 - Present
    • Chairperson, NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.), 2001 - Present
    • Member, Board of Arbitrators, NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.), 1996 - Present
    • President, Medico-Legal Institute, Inc., 1974 - 2004
    • AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) Legal Services Network Participating Attorney, 1996 - Present
    • Director, Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 1994 - 1996
    • President, Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 1994 - 1995
    • Member, Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Chairman, and Member, Steering Committee, Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in Formation, 1993 - 1994
    • Member, Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in Formation
    • Member, Chapters Committee, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
    • Inaugural Member, The Financial Planning Association, Financial Planner Division
    • Past Chair, Committee on Corporate Responsibility, Chicago Council of Lawyers
    • Member, Chicago Council of Lawyers
    • Member, Chicago Bar Association
    • Chair, Legislative Committee, Illinois State Bar Association, Business Advice and Financial Planning Section Council, 1995 - 1996
    • Chair, "Peoples' Law School" Committee, Illinois State Bar Association, Business Advice and Financial Planning Section Council, 1994 - 1995
    • Vice Chair, Networking Committee, Illinois State Bar Association, Business Advice and Financial Planning Section Council, 1993 - 1994
    • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
    • Member, International Bar Association (London)
    • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee, Closely-Held Businesses Committee, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, 1994 - 1996
    • Vice Chair, Closely-Held Businesses Committee, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
    • Closely-Held Businesses Committee, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, 1993 - 1994
    • Chair, Attorney Program Subcommittee, American Bar Association
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Hearing Officer, Illinois Conference on Small Business, 1981
    • Special Consultant, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
    • Congressionally Appointed Delegate, White House Conference on Small Business, 1995
    • Charter Member, International Association of Professional Financial Consultants, Inc.
    • Member, Illinois State Bar Association Speakers' Bureau.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    •   Judge, 39th Annual Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition, Northwestern University School of Law, 2001
    • Member, Advisory Board, The John Marshall Law School, Business Transactions Externship Program, 2013-Present  
    • Advisor, BIG: Blacks in Green, 2013-Present
    • Serve Illinois Commission: Commissioner (2012-Present)
    • Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights: Director, 2012-Present
    • State of Illinois’ Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise: Chairman, 2011-Present
    • L3C Hybrid Working Group, 2010 - Present
    • President, Social Enterprise Alliance, Chicago Chapter, 2009 - Present
    • Director, Social Enterprise Alliance, Chicago Chapter, 2009 - Present
    • Member, Definition and Certification Task Force, Social Enterprise Alliance, 2010 - Present
    • Member, Social Enterprise Alliance, Marketing and Branding Task Force, 2010 - Present
    • Member, Governance Committee, Social Enterprise Alliance, 2009 - Present
    • Member, Policy Committee, Social Enterprise Alliance, 2009 - Present
    • Director, Social Enterprise Alliance, 2009 - Present
    • Member, Downtown Chicago Shareholder Activism Meet up Group , 2005 - Present
    • Organizer, Chicago Corporate Social Responsibility Meet up Group , 2005 - Present
    • Member, The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations , 2004 - Present
    • Member, Business Strategy Committee, The Standard Club of Chicago, 2004 - Present
    • Member, The Standard Club of Chicago, 2002 - Present
    • Member, Social Investment Forum, 2002 - Present
    • Associate Member, Donors Forum of Chicago, 2001 - Present
    • Member, Advisory Board, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Chicago Chapter, 2000 - Present
    • Volunteer, Center for Urban Business, The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business Administration
    • Director, Roads Without Ramps, 1997 - Present
    • Governing Member, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1997 - Present
    • Founding Partner, Social Venture Partners Chicago
    • Volunteer Legal Expert, Central and East European Law Initiative, American Bar Association, 1996 - Present
    • Chair, Committee on Business and Tax Legislation, United States Congress, 1995 - 1997
    • Member, Legal Advisory Board, United States Congress, Fifth Congressional District, Illinois
    • Volunteer Attorney, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, 1976 - Present
    • Member, Honorary Board, Grant A Wish, Inc., 1992 - Present
    • Member, Advisory Board, Grant A Wish, Inc., 1992 - Present
    • Chairman of the Board, Grant A Wish, Inc., 1987 - 1991
    • Member, Corporate Reform Commission, 2003 - Present
    • Member, Small Business Council Advisory Board, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, 1998 - 2000

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • “Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia: We want socially responsible businesses. Here's how to grow them.” Crain’s Chicago Business, May 19, 2016, 2016
    • “Transparency and accountability at the top of the turnaround agenda we need,” Reboot Illinois, January 5, 2016, 2016
    • The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World’s Most Vexing Social Problems offers anyone committed to social innovation a hands-on, actionable guide for leveraging the power of the market-place to solve the world's most difficult social problems. Written by attorney and financial advisor Marc J. Lane—a renowned thought leader and expert on entrepreneurship, social enterprise, impact investing, and entrepreneurial finance—this important guide explores the full spectrum of the varied interests represented at the intersection of business and social change. Together, mission-driven ventures and traditional business concerns can reach and sustain scaled social solutions.Filled with real-world accounts of the journeys and successes of mission-driven initiatives, The Mission-Driven Venture clearly illustrates the transformative potential of social enterprise. Throughout the book, Lane offers the information and tools needed for becoming an agent of change and shows how to move from idea to reality with a step-by-step guide to designing and implementing a successful mission-driven venture., The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World's Most Vexing Social Problems, Wiley, 2015
    • “Public officials, public trust: Emanuel should release those emails,” Crain’s Chicago Business, October 27, 2015, 2015
    • “In 'summer of Trump,' let's make Chicago an immigrant-friendly city,” Crain’s Chicago Business, September 1, 2015, 2015
    • “Crowdfunding bill could be game-changer for Illinois entrepreneurs,” Crain’s Chicago Business, July 8, 2015, 2015
    • “Is Chicago headed for bankruptcy? Why 'nuclear option' should be last resort,” Crain’s Chicago Business, May 18, 2015, 2015
    • “Return power of the vote where it belongs: With voters,” Crain’s Chicago Business, March 3, 2015, 2015
    • “Attention to Climate Change is About Justice and Economics,” Crain’s Chicago Business, January 22, 2015, 2015
    • “Keep Ex-Im Bank alive—and keep Illinois biz thriving,” Crain’s Chicago Business, November 19, 2014, 2014
    • “Illinois has 1,431 townships. It’s time to get rid of all of them.” Crain’s Chicago Business, September 30, 2014, 2014
    • “It's 'The People's Pier,' but Navy Pier Isn't Run That Way,” Crain’s Chicago Business, August 13, 2014
    • “Illinois Court Decision Helps Keep 'Public' in Public Records,” Crain’s Chicago Business, June 19, 2014
    • “Illinois' Green Energy Law Needs a Rewrite,” Crain’s Chicago Business, May 6, 2014
    • “Emerging Legal Forms Allow Social Entrepreneurs to Blend Mission and Profits,” Triple Pundit, March 11, 2014
    • “Withdrawing Illinois' Coal Subsidies is a Moral Imperative,” Crain’s Chicago Business, February 25, 2014
    • “Instead of Tax Disclosure, Here's What Illinois Should Require of Businesses,” Crain’s Chicago Business, December 18, 2013
    • “A New Kind of Futures Contract for Illinois,” Crain’s Chicago Business, October 7, 2013
    • “SEA-Chicago and the Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise: A Strategic Partnership,” Social Enterprise Alliance Newsletter, September 16, 2013
    • “Illinois' Opportunity to Draw Its Way Out of Gerrymandering Mess,” Crain’s Chicago Business, August 15, 2013
    • “Towards Developing Illinois as America’s Hub of Social Entrepreneurship,” with Aarti Sharma, Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago Chapter, May 22, 2013
    • “Strengthening Chicago’s Manufacturing Base the Easy Way,” Crain’s Chicago Business, May 9, 2013
    • “Time to Thwart the Sales Tax Gambit,” Crain’s Chicago Business, March 7, 2013
    • Contributor to Dan Pallotta, Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World, Jossey-Bass, 2012
    • “Why Fair Pay is Key to a Sustainable Recovery,” Crain’s Chicago Business, December 28, 2012
    • “Barack Obama's Presidential Library Belongs at U of C,” Crain’s Chicago Business, October 22, 2012
    • “Chicago’s Cultural Plan: A Plea for Restraint,” Crain’s Chicago Business, September 17, 2012
    • “EPA Rule Would Spell End of the Dirty Coal Age,” Crain’s Chicago Business, July 2, 2012
    • “Time for State Lawmakers to Pass Budgeting 101,” Crain’s Chicago Business, May 21, 2012
    • “Illinois’ Tax Credit Windfall at Risk,” Crain’s Chicago Business, March 26, 2012
    • “Eradicating Food Desert Key to Chicago’s Competitiveness,” Crain’s Chicago Business, January 2, 2012
    • “Social Enterprises: A New Business Form Driving Social Change,” www.AmericanBar.org, December 5, 2011
    • “The L3C: A Boon to Illinois’ Social-Purpose Businesses,” ChicagolandChamber.org, August 4, 2011
    • “Overhaul of World Business Chicago is first step on city’s road to recovery,” Crain’s Chicago Business, September 26, 2011
    • “The L3C: A Boon to Illinois’ Social-Purpose Businesses,” ChicagolandChamber.org, August 4, 2011
    • “When managed well, privatization works," Crain's Chicago Business, June 6, 2011
    • “Guest post: Marc lane on tracking the social enterprise's social performance,” blog.DonorsForum.org, March 29, 2011
    • "Time to overcome funding disparity for K-12 education," Crain's Chicago Business, March 14, 2011
    • “Zero-based budgeting holds much promise for Illinois’ fiscal future,” Crain’s Chicago Business, January 10, 2011
    • Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs, provides comprehensive information and resources- from definition to implementation-for the attorney who represents social enterprises, but will also be of great value to the social entrepreneur.   Mature social entrepreneurs and those new to the field will benefit from learning how to: 1) create and develop a business model for the social enterprise with due attention paid to the relevant legal issues, 2) organize and run the social enterprise, and 3)effectively measure the social enterprise's impact.  Social Enterprise is laden with unique insights and actionable steps that will surely become a reliable and unique handbook for both attorneys and social entrepreneurs., Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs, American Bar Association, 2011
    • "Let Joe Ferguson Fix City's Minority Business Program," Crain's Chicago Business, August 2, 2010
    • "McCormick Place Gets Reprieve from Losing Conventions, but Much Work Remains," Crain's Chicago Business, September 27, 2010
    • Representing Corporate Officers, Directors, Managers, and TrusteesThanks to the numerous recent corporate and accounting scandals, officers and directors of for-profit and nonprofit corporations and their attorneys, now face a host of new problems ranging from a blizzard of new legislation, rules, and responsibilities, to increased SEC oversight, new NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards, new fiduciary and other duties, and crushing new criminal penalties. The 2010 Supplement to Representing Corporate Officers & Directors tells you what to look for, what to look out for, and what steps to take to protect your corporate assets and yourself in today's harsh regulatory environment., Representing Corporate Officers, Directors, Managers, and Trustees, Aspen Publishers, 2010
    • "Illinois Fiscal Crisis Demands Reform of Income Tax System," Crain's Chicago Business, February 15, 2010
    • "Inspector General Has Potential to Crack City's Code of Silence," Crain's Chicago Business, April 19, 2010
    • "NFL's Hail Mary in Antitrust Case Stands to Bruise Fans," Crain's Chicago Business, October 5, 2009
    • "The L3C: Social Enterprise's Powerful, New Capital Formation Tool," Marc J. Lane Wealth Group, 2009
    • "Hot Topics in Corporate Governance: A New Accountability," The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, 2009
    • "Pension Reform a Step Toward Helping State Regain Public's Trust," Crain’s Chicago Business, January 26, 2009
    • "City Council Must Protect Chicago's Architectural Legacy," Crain's Chicago Business, March 9, 2009
    • "Blago Indictment Should Spur Reform in City Government," Crain's Chicago Business, April 13, 2009
    • "Stingy Nonprofit Hospitals Stand To Lose Millions in Tax Relief," Crain's Chicago Business, June 8, 2009
    • "Higher Standards: Illinois Lowers Bar on Harassment Suits," Crain's Chicago Business, August 3, 2009
    • "Even Blagojevich Deserves Fair Trial on Fair Charges," Crain's Chicago Business, November 23, 2009
    • "Courts Should Side with Victim of 401(k) Mishandling," Crain's Chicago Business, January 21, 2008
    • "Courts Weigh Intellectual Property's Reach," Crain's Chicago Business, February 11, 2008
    • "Balancing the Rights of Users, Owners of Intellectual Property," Crain's Chicago Business, March 17, 2008
    • "Back Constitutional Convention to Reclaim State Government," Crain's Chicago Business, April 28, 2008
    • "U of C Misguided in its Refusal to Divest from Sudan," Crain's Chicago Business, June 9, 2008
    • "L3Cs Hold Key to Solving State's Social Woes," Crain's Chicago Business, August 13, 2008
    • "System of Electing Judges Too Broke to Fix," Crain's Chicago Business, September 29, 2008
    • "Mayor Daley’s War on Climate Change Worth the Fight," Crain’s Chicago Business, December 1, 2008
    • "Partisan Pandering Stifles Innovation, Entrepreneurship," Crain's Chicago Business, March 12, 2007
    • "Pay Referendum Can Drive Value for Shareholders," Crain's Chicago Business, May 7, 2007
    • "Isolationism Won't Create U.S. Jobs, Global Market Will," Crain's Chicago Business, June 18, 2007
    • "Chief Justice's Case Exposes Hidden Gap in Illinois Law," Crain's Chicago Business, August 13, 2007
    • "SEC Policy Change Would Gut the Rights of Shareholders," Crain's Chicago Business, September 24, 2007
    • "U.S. Firms Ignore the Environment at their Own Risk," Crain's Chicago Business, October 29, 2007
    • "High Court Securities Case a Threat to Shaky Capital Markets," Crain's Chicago Business, December 10, 2007
    • "Develop Your Investment Game Plan," James Dicks: The Active Investor, Vol. 4, Issue 1, January, 2006
    • "Investors Advocating For a Change?," Green Money Journal, Vol. XIV, Issue 3, Number 58, Spring, 2006
    • "Corporate Boards Feel Shareholder Heat," Forbes.com, May 2, 2006
    • Book Review of "BUILDING WEALTH! The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems," Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland (The Aspen Institute, 2005), Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer, 2006
    • "Give Shareholders Vote to Improve Returns, Board Performance," Crain's Chicago Business, July 24, 2006
    • "How to Fulfill Duties and Promote Good," Trusts and Estates, September, 2006
    • "U.S. House Mulling State-funded Corporate Tax Boondoggle," Crain's Chicago Business, September 4, 2006
    • "Shareholder Democracy Finally in Sight, If SEC Does the Right Thing," Crain's Chicago Business, October 9, 2006
    • "Tax Exemptions for Religion Break Against Business," Crain's Chicago Business, December  4, 2006
    • Profitable Socially Responsible Investing? An Institutional Investor's Guide This book provides the foundation for Advocacy Investing®, Marc J. Lane Investment Management, Inc.'s proprietary approach to values-based investing in which both equities and fixed-income securities are selected by exacting financial and governance standards, as well as criteria reflective of each investor's unique social and environmental concerns. , Profitable Socially Responsible Investing? An Institutional Investor's Guide, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2005
    • "Profiting from Principled Investing," Forbes.com, September 26, 2005
    • "'Advocacy Investing' Empowers GLBT Investors," Echelon Magazine, October 24, 2005
    • "Profits in Socially Responsible Investing," GFN.com, November 29, 2005
    • "No Boondoggle to Tie Foreign Aid to Recipients' Core Values," Crain's Chicago Business, September 1, 2003
    • "Accountability?  Mutual Funds Must Come Clean," Crain's Chicago Business, January 6, 2003
    • "Under Attack: Freedom of Expression Over the Net," Crain's Chicago Business, February 3, 2003
    • "There's Only Limited Appeal to Repealing Dividend Tax," Crain's Chicago Business, March 3, 2003
    • "Buyer Beware: Clothing You Buy May Inform On You," Crain's Chicago Business, April 7, 2003
    • "Region Needs the Freedom to Trade in Central America," Crain's Chicago Business, May 5, 2003
    • "European Union Continues to Gum Up U.S. Trademarks," Crain's Chicago Business, June 2, 2003
    • "SEC Chairman Should Buy Into Decimal Pricing Payoff," Crain's Chicago Business, July 14, 2003
    • "Congress Should Get Online About Stamping Out Spam," Crain's Chicago Business, August 4, 2003
    • "There's No Compromising With Weak-kneed Directors," Crain's Chicago Business, October 6, 2003
    • "Why Options Expensing Rule Would Be a Costly Mistake," Crain's Chicago Business, November 10, 2003
    • "Supreme Court Case Will Rule on Shareholder Rights," Crain's Chicago Business, January 7, 2002
    • "Enron Debacle Shouldn't Zap Social Security Reform," Crain's Chicago Business, February 4, 2002
    • "Striking a Budget Balance Will Call For Cuts, Tax Hikes," Crain's Chicago Business, March 11, 2002
    • "Tax Breaks Must Now Lead to Tax Code Simplification," Crain's Chicago Business, April 1, 2002
    • "Companies Are Waking Up to Social Consciousness," Crain's Chicago Business, May 4, 2002
    • "The Fast Track Will Help Get Local Business Up to Speed," Crain's Chicago Business, June 3, 2002
    • "Why the SEC's New Mutual Fund Ad Rules Are the Pits," Crain's Chicago Business, July 1, 2002
    • "Doing Well While Doing Good: Socially Responsible Investors Dodge Scandal-Prone Companies," www.ABC7Chicago.com, July 2, 2002
    • "No Upside In Raising Bank Deposit Insurance Limits," Crain's Chicago Business, August 5, 2002
    • "Gridlock Means Hard Time for Judicial Confirmations," Crain's Chicago Business, September 2, 2002
    • "Attorneys Must Be Willing to Expose Complicit Clients," Crain's Chicago Business, October 7, 2002
    • "Many Companies in Need of More Parental Guidance," Crain's Chicago Business, November 4, 2002
    • "Why Dual Citizenship Can Be a Double-Edged Sword," Crain's Chicago Business, December 2, 2002
    • "Check Out Fine Print Before Using Electronic Signatures," Crain's Chicago Business, January 8, 2001
    • "OSHA's Ergonomics Standard: Why Bush and Business Are Fuming Over New Legal Requirements," ChicagoBusiness.com, January 16, 2001
    • "Free Small Companies From Contract Bundling," Crain's Chicago Business, February 5, 2001
    • "Employers Beware: Love Is in the Air and Your Company May End Up Paying," ChicagoBusiness.com, February 14, 2001
    • "Hangover Effect Follows Market's Euphoric Party," Crain's Chicago Business, March 5, 2001
    • "Bag Bagmen: It's High Time to Ban State Inspectors Fund Raising," ChicagoBusiness.com, March 30, 2001
    • "The Promises and Perils of Web B-to-B Exchanges," Crain's Chicago Business, April 2, 2001
    • "Web-centric Boards Must Cast a Much Wider Net," Crain's Chicago Business, May 7, 2001
    • "Imperial Overreach: Disarm the Global Tax Police," ChicagoBusiness.com, May 11, 2001, 2001
    • "It Pays to Invest in States Homegrown Technology," Crain's Chicago Business, June 4, 2001
    • "Compelling Workers to Arbitrate Job Discrimination Claims Is Bad for Business," ChicagoBusiness.com, June 25, 2001
    • "Stock Analysts' Portfolios Selling Investor Trust Short," Crain's Chicago Business, July 2, 2001
    • "The Corporate Income Tax Takes Its Last Breaths: Repeal May Be Near," ChicagoBusiness.com, August 2, 2001
    • "To Inventor Go the Spoils?  That's Not Usually the Case," Crain's Chicago Business, August 6, 2001
    • "Repricing Stock Options Should Not Be Tolerated," Crain's Chicago Business,  September 3, 2001
    • "Now Is Time to Revamp the Nations Tax Policies," Crain's Chicago Business, October 1, 2001
    • "Bar Practice of Putting Civil Case Files on the Web," Crain's Chicago Business, November 12, 2001
    • "What Venture Capitalists Really Want," worldlyinvestor.com, November 16, 2001
    • "SEC Insider Trading Rule Doesn't Instill Confidence," Crain's Chicago Business, December 3, 2001
    • Advising Entrepreneurs: Dynamic Strategies for Financial Growth, John Wiley and Sons, 2001
    • "How to Recognize Elder Abuse and Protect Its Victims," with Amanda Paige Lane, CBA Record, Vol. 14, No.1, January, 2000
    • "New Economy Greed Can't Serve Lawyers - - Or Clients," Crain's Chicago Business, May 1, 2000
    • "Patent Office's Monopoly Game Hurting Innovation," Crain's Chicago Business, June 5, 2000
    • "Go for the Bold: Biz Leaders Should Support Global Push," Crain's Chicago Business, July 3, 2000
    • "Demanding a Fair Count from Independent Auditors," Crain's Chicago Business, August 7, 2000
    • "Strive for Online Privacy or Become a Tech Victim," Crain's Chicago Business, September 4, 2000
    • "New Economy Backers Lust for That Old-fashioned Clout," Crain's Chicago Business, October 9, 2000
    • "SECs New Gag Rule Just Might Backfire," ChicagoBusiness.com, October 24, 2000
    • "Making the Case for Not Taxing E-commerce Sales," Crain's Chicago Business, November 6, 2000
    • "Lawsuits in Wheelchairs: Reconsidering the Americans with Disabilities Act," ChicagoBusiness.com, November 17, 2000
    • "Tough Job: Staying a Step Ahead of Dot.com Frauds," Crain's Chicago Business, December 4, 2000
    • "The Bush Supreme Court: Building Consensus Out of Political Rancor," ChicagoBusiness.com, December 21, 2000
    • Columnist, "Talking Entrepreneurship", 2000
    • "Share Wealth with Younger Workers," Crain's Chicago Business, December 13, 1999
    • "Look for Integrity in Board Members," Crain's Chicago Business, February 9, 1998
    • "Building Wealth After The Taxpayer Relief Act of 97: The Income Tax Planning Opportunities," The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, 1997
    • "Building Wealth After The Taxpayer Relief Act of 97: The Estate PlanningOpportunities," The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, 1997
    • "New Job Reference Law Is No Blank Check," Crain’s Small Business, February, 1997
    • "Portable Health Care Insurance Gets Rolling," Crain's Small Business, May, 1997
    • Elder Law: Meeting the New Challenges When Advising Elderly Clients, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1997
    • "This Trust Allows Charity to Begin at Home," Crain's Small Business, December, 1995/January, 1996
    • "Don't Tell It to the Judge, Try a Mediator," Crain's Small Business, April, 1996
    • "Clicking on Internet Stock Plays," Crain's Small Business, November, 1996
    • "Partnerships Can Register With LLC Option," Crain's Small Business, December, 1994/January, 1995
    • "GATT Lowers Tariffs But Raises New Taxing Questions," Crain's Small Business, March, 1995
    • "Don't Buy Off-the-Shelf Power of Attorney," Crain's Small Business, September, 1995
    • Business Advice & Financial Planning for Lawyers, Illinois State Bar Association, 1995
    • "Exec Pay Options Ease Equity Dilemma," Michigan Hardware Retailer, Vol. 98, Issue 4, January  , 1994
    • "It Might Not Pay to Delay Director's Fees," Crain's Small Business, May, 1994
    • "Property for Profit," Winning Strategies, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Summer, 1994
    • "For Exporters, Routing Goods Via Israel Can Yield Big Savings," Crain's Small Business, September, 1994
    • "Lease Inducements Help Attract New Tenants," The Metro-Chicago Office Guide, Fourth Quarter  , 1994
    • "The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993," Illinois State Bar Association, 1993
    • "Fundraising for Foreign Charities," Nonprofit World, January-February, 1993
    • "Exec Pay Options Ease Equity Dilemma," Crain's Small Business, September, 1993
    • "Your Employees and Your Retirement Plan," Nonprofit World, November-December, 1993
    • "Business Legal Forms Disk Library," John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1992
    • "Why is our Property-Tax Exemption Being Challenged?" Nonprofit World, January-February, 1992
    • "Can We Exclude Certain People from Membership?" Nonprofit World, March-April, 1992
    • "Can Our Organization Issue Stock?" Nonprofit World, May-June, 1992
    • "Can Fellowship Money Be Considered Income?" Nonprofit World, July-August, 1992
    • "Can Personal Lobbying Jeopardize Your Organization?" Nonprofit World, November-December, 1992
    • "Challenges to Nonprofits' Tax Status: Is There Cause for Alarm?" Nonprofit World, July-August, , 1991
    • "Partnership," P arts 1 and 2, Optometric Economics, October and November, 1991
    • "Does It Matter Where We Incorporate?" Nonprofit World, November-December, 1991
    • Purchase and Sale of Small Businesses, Second Edition, Wiley Law Publications, 1991
    • Purchase and Sale of Small Businesses: Forms, Second Edition, Wiley Law Publications, 1991
    • "Contracting for Communications Services," Nonprofit World, January-February, 1990
    • "Exempt Status Options -- Which is Best?" Nonprofit World, July-August, 1990
    • "Are Your Donors' Dollars Deductible?" Nonprofit World, May-June, 1989
    • "Are Consulting Fees Related or Unrelated Income?" Nonprofit World, July-August, 1989
    • "Employee or Independent Contractor - How to Tell?" Nonprofit World, September-October, 1989
    • "Leasing Employees: Solution of the Future?" Nonprofit World, November-December, 1989
    • Legal Handbook for Small Business, Revised Edition, American Management Association, 1989
    • "New Liability Laws: Investors Aren't the Only Ones at Risk," Private Banking, Fall, 1988
    • Due Diligence: Process, Participants and Liability, College for Financial Planning, 1988
    • "Using Leverage in Partnership Investments," The Stanger Register (Dow Jones Investment Advisor), October, 1987
    • "How to Handle Tax Reform's Impact on Closely Held Business," The Practical Accountant, October, 1987
    • Representing Corporate Officers and Directors, Wiley Law Publications, 1987
    • Impact of 1986 Tax Code on Closely Held Businesses, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, a Professional Corporation, 1986
    • Purchase and Sale of Small Businesses: Tax and Legal Aspects, Wiley Law Publications, 1985
    • "How Gift-Leasebacks Work for Tax-Exempts," Nonprofit World Report, July-August, 1983
    • Amortization of Intangibles, Bureau of National Affairs, 1983
    • "Keeping What's Yours, For Yourself and Your Family," American Management Association, 1982
    • "Financing Growth in Today's Economy," American Management Association, 1982
    • "Tax Planning for the Smaller Business," American Management Association, 1982
    • Taxation for Small Business, Second Edition, John Wiley and Sons, 1982
    • Legal Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations, American Management Association, 1981
    • Twenty-Third Annual Federal Tax Course, with others, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1980
    • Taxation for Small Manufacturers, John Wiley and Sons, 1980
    • Taxation for Engineering and Technical Consultants, John Wiley and Sons, 1980
    • Taxation for Small Business, First Edition, John Wiley and Sons, 1980
    • Taxation for the Computer Industry, John Wiley and Sons, 1980
    • Corporations: Pre-Organization Planning, Bureau of National Affairs, 1980
    • The Doctor's Law Guide: Essentials of Practice Management, W.B. Saunders Company, 1979
    • The Professional Corporation, Medico-Legal Institute, Inc., 1979
    • Legal Handbook for Small Business, American Management Association, 1978
    • "The Legal Risks You Run Prescribing Contacts," Optometric Management, March, 1977
    • "Partnerships: Friction-free Togetherness," Journal of the Illinois Chiropractic Society, Summer, 1977
    • "Foreign Transfers Under the Tax Reform Act of 1976," Illinois Bar Journal, December, 1977
    • "That Certain Subject: Tax Season News and Views From Four Illinois Specialists," The Institute Report, Vol. 5, #30, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, January 12, 1976
    • "The Malpractice Menace: What You Should Know About It," Optometric Management, May, 1975
    • "Sole Practitioner Gives an Approach to Building a Library," Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Journal, March/April, 1974
    • "D.I.S.C.'s in Perspective," American Bar Association Journal, Vol. 60, June, 1974
    • "DISC in Perspective: An Evolutionary Survey of Domestic International Sales Corporations," Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 63, No. 4, December, 1974
    • The Doctor's Lawyer: A Legal Handbook for Doctors, Charles C. Thomas, 1974
    • "Discrimination in Corporate Pension and Profit Sharing Plans," Illinois Bar Journal, November, 1973
    • "Why Incorporate?" The Optical Journal and Review of Optometry, April 1, 1972
    • "Why Should I Incorporate?" Optometric Weekly, April 20, 1972
    • "Let Joe Ferguson Fix City's Minority Business Program," Crain's Chicago Business, August 2, 2010
    • Lecturer, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)
    • Lecturer, Center for Urban Business, The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business Administration
    • Lecturer, Chicago Bar Association
    • Course Moderator, Faculty, Author, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
    • Mentor, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2004 - Present
    • Member, Estate Planning Council, St. Xavier College, Chicago
    • Lecturer, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, 1976 - Present
    • Mentor, The Center for Policy Practice, The Irving B. Harris Graduate School for Public Policy Studies, The University of Chicago, 2009 - Present
    • Public Speaker, The Harry Walker Agency, www.harrywalker.com, 2006 - Present
    • Columnist, "Lane on Law," ChicagoBusiness.com, 2000 - 2001
    • Crain's Chicago Business
    • Mentor, Northwestern University, 1992 - Present
    • Lecturer, Illinois College of Optometry, 1983 - 1992
    • Visiting Instructor, Optometric Jurisprudence, Illinois College of Optometry, 1974 - 1982
    • Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, College of Business Administration, 1996 - Present
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, 2000 - Present
    • "Mayor Daley's War on Climate Change Worth the Fight," Crain's Chicago Business, December 1, 2008
    • "Pension Reform a Step Toward Helping State Regain Public's Trust," Crain's Chicago Business, January 26, 2009
    • "City Council Must Protect Chicago's Architectural Legacy," Crain's Chicago Business, March 9, 2009
    • "Blago Indictment Should Spur Reform in City Government," Crain's Chicago Business, April 13, 2009
    • "Stingy Nonprofit Hospitals Stand To Lose Millions in Tax Relief," Crain's Chicago Business, June 8, 2009
    • Representing Corporate Officers and Directors, Aspen Publishers, 2005 [supplemented, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009]

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    • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, J. D., 1971
    • University of Illinois, Chicago, B.A. with College Honors and High Distinction in Political Science, 1967
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