Michelle L. Jacko, Esq., Managing Partner and CEO

Michelle Jacko

Practice Areas

  • Investment adviser, broker-dealer, investment company, hedge and private fund regulatory counsel
  • Contracts, formations, registration and client disclosure documents (including Forms ADV, PF and BD), solicitor and finder arrangements and counsel for breakaway/transitioning Advisors
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Business succession and transition planning and assessment
  • Compliance program reviews, mock SEC examinations and internal control evaluations
  • Legal and regulatory compliance education and training

Michelle L. Jacko, Esq. is the Managing Partner and CEO of Jacko Law Group, PC, which offers corporate and securities legal services to broker-dealers, investment advisers, investment companies, 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 on 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 Holdings (formerly, Linsco/Private Ledger). Ms. Jacko 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.

Ms. Jacko regularly presents at conferences throughout the nation, and is a frequent contributor to various industry journals. In 2013, Ms. Jacko was appointed to and continues to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Wolters Kluwer publication Practical Compliance and Risk Management for the Securities Industry. She is the former Vice-Chair of Education and Member of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, Former Advisory Board Co-Chair and Member of the Business & Corporate Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, Co-Founder and Member of the Southern California Compliance Group, Former Board Member and Member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP) and is a Member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section. She also is a FINRA Arbitrator. Ms. Jacko was recently recognized as a finalist for San Diego Business Journal's 2017 Most Admired CEO Award. In 2014, Ms. Jacko was named as a finalist for San Diego Magazine's 2014 Woman of the Year Award and 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 holds NSCP's Certified Securities Compliance Professional (CSCP) designation, and is a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers.


J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law
B.A., International Relations, University of San Diego, Degree awarded Cum Laude

Bar And Court Admissions

The State Bar of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California

Professional Affiliations

Former Vice-Chair of Education and Member, Corporations Committee, State Bar of California
Former Advisory Board Co-Chair and Member, Business & Corporate Law Section, San Diego County Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
Former Two-Term Board Member and Member, National Society of Compliance Professionals
Co-Founder and Member, Southern California Compliance Group
Editorial Advisory Board, Wolters Kluwer Practical Compliance and Risk Management for the Securities Industry Publication
FINRA Arbitrator