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Michael Wager

MICHAEL WAGER  is a partner and serves as chair of Taft’s Business and Finance group. He represents private and publicly-held entities in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations and compliance, and strategic growth initiatives. He also has extensive experience representing companies and investors in change-of-control transactions. In addition to his legal practice experience, Michael has served as counsel and adviser to, and director of, several private and public companies, and was the chair of a Cleveland-based private equity firm.

Michael is a past chair of the board of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority and has served on the board of the Clean Ohio Council - Ohio's $400 million Brownfield Revitalization Fund. He is also adjunct faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Michael served as chair of the selection committee for the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship and as a member of the boards of the following organizations:
  -  Northeast Ohio Development Fund
  -  National Leadership Council, University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center
  -  Cuyahoga County Renewable Energy Task Force
  -  Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
  -  Gateway Economic Development Corporation of Greater Cleveland 
  -  Cleveland Foundation’s Task Force on Economic Development
  -  Mayor’s Convention Center Task Force
  -  White House Business Council

Michael received his J.D. from New York University; his M.A. from Columbia University; and his B.A. from The American University. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and New York.