Michelle L. Jacko, Esq. is the Managing Partner and CEO of Jacko Law Group, PC, which offers securities, corporate, real estate and employment law counsel to broker-dealers, investment advisers, investment companies, hedge/private funds and financial industry 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.

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.  Ms. Jacko is a member of Vistage International and actively participates in her community.

Jacko Law Group, PC and Ms. Jacko are proud to be members of the National Women Business Owners (NABWO) Corporation.  She was honored as a finalist for the 2019 NAWBO Bravo Awards - San Diego.  In 2021, she was a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s (“SDBJ”) CEO of the Year Award and selected for SDBJ's Women of Influence in Law Award. In 2020, she was selected for SDBJ’s 2020 Business Woman of the Year Award, SDBJ’s 2020 San Diego 500 Influential Business Leaders Award, and SDBJ’s prestigious 2020 Most Admired CEO Awards.  She also was selected as a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2020 Influential Women: Woman of the Year Award and by international magazine CEO Today as one of the 2019-2020 Business Women of the Year. She also received Acquisition International magazine's Global Excellence Awards: Most Influential Woman in Securities Law 2019-2020 - San Diego, and locally was 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 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.

Awards & Recognitions


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Thought Leadership

Legal Risk Management Tips

Industry Publications

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Industry & Community Affiliations

Industry Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section

Member, State Bar of California, Corporations Committee Business Law Section (Former Vice Chair of Education 2016-2018)

Member, San Diego County Bar Association, Business & Corporate Law Section (Former Advisory Board Co-Chair and Member 2013-2014)

Member, National Association of Women Lawyers

FINRA Arbitrator

National Society of Compliance Professionals (Former Board Member)

Certified Securities Compliance Specialist (sponsored by NSCP)

Co-Founder and Member, Southern California Compliance Group

Member, Vistage International

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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