Michelle L. Jacko Esq.

Michelle L. Jacko Esq.

Managing Partner
San Diego, California

Michelle L. Jacko, Esq., is the managing Partner and CEO of Jacko Law Group, a securities law firm which offers securities and corporate legal services to broker-dealers, investment advisers, hedge/private funds and financial professionals. In addition, Ms. Jacko is the founder and CEO of Core Compliance & Legal Services, Inc., a compliance consultation firm.

Ms. Jacko specializes in investment advisory and broker-dealer firm formation, hedge and private fund development, mergers and acquisitions, transition risks and investment counsel on regulatory compliance and securities law. Her practice is focused in the areas of corporate and compliance risk management, contracts, policies and procedures, testing of compliance programs (including evaluation of internal controls and supervision), performance advertising, soft dollar arrangements, best execution, separation agreements and much more.

Previously, Ms. Jacko served as of counsel at Shustak & Partners, PC. Prior to that, she was vice president of compliance and branch manager of the home office supervision team at LPL Financial Services, Corporation (Linsco/Private Ledger). Ms. Jacko has also served as legal counsel of investments and chief compliance officer at First American Trust, FSB and held the position of compliance manager at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management. In addition, Ms. Jacko was with PIM Financial Services, Inc., and Speiser, Krause, Madole & Mendelsohn, Jackson.

Michelle regularly presents at conferences throughout the nation, and is a frequent contributor to various industry journals. In 2013, Ms. Jacko was appointed to the editorial advisory board for the Wolters Kluwer publication Practical Compliance and Risk Management for the Securities Industry. She is the speaker's bureau chair and co-founder of the Southern California Compliance Group and is involved in the American Bar Association (Business Law Section), The State Bar of California (Corporations Committee), and San Diego County Bar Association, where she serves on the advisory board of the Business & Corporate Law Section. She also is a FINRA arbitrator. Ms. Jacko has been named as a Top 20 Rising Star for "Who's Who" in Upcoming Compliance Professionals by Compliance Reporter magazine. In 2014, Ms. Jacko was named as a finalist for San Diego Magazine's 2014 Woman of the Year Award. She was also recognized as a finalist for San Diego Business Journal's 2014 Women Who Mean Business Awards.

Ms. Jacko received her J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law and B.A., International Relations, from the University of San Diego. She is admitted to The State Bar of California and United States District Court, Southern District of California. Michelle is a past two-term board member for the National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP), holds NSCP's Certified Securities Compliance Professional (CSCP) designation, and is an active member and presenter.

Areas of Practice

  • Investment adviser, broker-dealer, hedge fund and private fund regulatory counsel
  • Contracts, registration and disclosure documents, including client agreements, sub-advisory contracts, investment policy statements, solicitor agreements, forms ADV, PF and BD
  • Mergers and acquisitions and general corporate counsel
  • Compliance program reviews, mock SEC examinations and internal control evaluations
  • Legal and regulatory compliance education and training

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D. cum laude - 1996
  • University of San Diego
    • B.A. cum laude - 1993
    • Major: International Relations

Honors and Awards

  • Named as a Top 20 Rising Star for "Who's Who" in Upcoming Compliance Professionals by Compliance Reporter Magazine, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Society of Compliance Professionals, Two-term board member
  • Certified Securities Compliance Professional (sponsored by NSCP)
  • Wolters Kluwer Practical Compliance and Risk Management for the Securities Industry Publication, Editorial advisory board member
  • Southern California Compliance Group, Speaker's bureau chair and co-founder
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member
  • The State Bar of California, Corporations Committee, Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Business & Corporate Law Section, Advisory board member
  • FINRA board of arbitrators, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Shustak & Partners, P.C., Of Counsel
  • Compliance, Vice President
  • Home Office Supervision team at LPL Financial Services, Branch Manager
  • Corporation (Linsco/Private Ledger)
  • Investments, Legal Counsel
  • First American Trust, FSB, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, Compliance Manager
  • PIM Financial Services, Inc.
  • Speiser, Krause, Madole & Mendelsohn, Jackson