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 adviser, broker-dealer and fund regulatory compliance matters, internal control development, regulatory examinations, transition services and operational risk management. Her consultation practice is focused on the areas of regulatory exams and formal inquiries, mergers and acquisitions, annual reviews, policies and procedures development, testing of compliance programs (including evaluation of internal controls and supervision), mock exams, senior client issues, cybersecurity, Regulation S-P and much more.

As a frequent presenter at national financial industry conferences, Ms. Jacko delivers insightful and thought-provoking workshops regarding industry hot topics and rising compliance issues. She is a frequent contributor to various industry journals and in 2013, Ms. Jacko was appointed and continues to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Wolters Kluwer publication Practical Compliance and Risk Management for the Securities Industry.

Ms. Jacko served as the former Vice-Chair of Education of the Corporations Committee for the State Bar of California Business Law Section and is a two-time former Board member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals (“NSCP”). She is the Co-Founder and a member of the Southern California Compliance Group and also is a FINRA Arbitrator.

Jacko Law Group and Ms. Jacko are proud members of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NABWO). She was honored as a finalist for the 2019 NAWBO Bravo Awards - San Diego. Ms. Jacko has also been recognized as a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s 2017-2019 Most Admired CEO Awards and their prestigious 2018-2019 Business Women of the Year Award. In the past Ms. Jacko has also won the San Diego Business Journals' 2014 Women Who Mean Business Award. She was also selected as a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2014, 2017-2019 Influential Women: Woman of the Year Award. She has also been honored by international magazine CEO Today as one of the 2019 Business Women of the Year and Acquisition International magazine's Global Excellence Awards: most Influential Woman in Securities Law 2019- San Diego. Locally, she was also selected by San Diego Metro as one of the 12 Women of Influence in San Diego, CA.

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). She 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.

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.

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Legal Risk Management Tips

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Industry & Community Affiliations

Industry 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

Bar & Court Admissions

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


J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law

B.A., International Relations, University of San Diego, Degree awarded Cum Laude

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