About our Founder

Marc J. Lane

Marc J. Lane is an "AV® Preeminent" rated attorney, author of 36 books on corporate management, taxation, and personal finance as well as Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). He is the founder of the Marc J. Lane Wealth Group® which, with roots going back to 1971, includes The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, P.C.; Marc J. Lane Investment Management, Inc., an Illinois-registered investment advisor; Marc J. Lane & Company a FINRA-registered, full-service general securities firm; and Marc J. Lane Risk Management, Inc., an insurance agency.

In his critically acclaimed book,  Profitable Socially Responsible Investing: An Institutional Investor's Guide, Euromoney Institutional Investor Books, Lane challenges the way traditional SRI is done and paves the way for investors to actually fulfill the promise of doing well as they do good. 

Out of that research, he has developed a proprietary approach to principle focused investing, Advocacy Investing®, which is consistent with the tenets of Modern Portfolio Theory, and also allows investors to own stock portfolios that are highly consistent with their core values and beliefs. Advocacy Investing® reflects Marc J. Lane Wealth Group's commitment to drive positive social change, to promote transparency and corporate accountability to stakeholders, and to apply business and entrepreneurial principles to the remediation of social problems.

A few of the other titles by Marc J. Lane: Representing Corporate Officers, Directors, Managers, and Trustees, Aspen Publishers, Advising Entrepreneurs: Dynamic Strategies for Financial Growth, John Wiley and Sons, Legal Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations, American Management Association, Corporate Governance and Fiduciary Responsibilities: Representing Officers, Directors, Managers, and Trustees, Aspen Publishing, and Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs, American Bar Association.

Mr. Lane is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he has taught courses in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance and where he currently teaches the Social Enterprise course. By appointment of Gov. Pat Quinn, he is Chairman of the State of Illinois’ Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise. Also by appointment of Gov. Quinn, he is a Commissioner of the Serve Illinois Commission.

AV® Preeminent  is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Announcing Marc J. Lane's 35th Book:

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

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