About the Author
Marc J. Lane, a nationally recognized business and tax attorney and financial adviser, practices law at The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, P.C. in Chicago (www.MarcJLane.com) and serves as the President of Social Enterprise Alliance s Chicago chapter. Marc is an expert on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance, and an influential advocate of best corporate governance practices. Twice a recipient of the Illinois State Bar Association's Lincoln Award, Marc, a Leading Illinois Attorney and Illinois Super Lawyer, has consistently earned an "AV(R) Preeminent " rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, the highest ranking awarded. Martindale-Hubbell also includes him in its Bar Registry of Preeminent Attorneys. By appointment of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, he chaired the state s Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise. An innovator in helping social enterprises, foundations, investors, lenders and philanthropists leverage capital to maximize financial results while driving positive social change, Marc has taught Social Enterprise at Northwestern University School of Law. He is also the pioneer behind the Advocacy Investing(R) approach to socially responsible and mission-related investing (www.AdvocacyInvesting.com). Marc drafted Illinois' and other states Low-profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) legislation, which authorizes the new hybrid business form which can leverage foundations' program-related investments to access trillions of dollars of market-driven capital for ventures with modest financial prospects, but the possibility of major social impact. He continues to champion innovative social enterprise business forms and models throughout the nation. Marc is the author of 35 books, including Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs, published by the American Bar Association, and The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World's Most Vexing Social Problems, published by John Wiley and Sons. Marc is also an in-demand speaker. His latest keynote focuses on cutting-edge ways to solve some of our most intractable social problems--thanks to new funding and partnership models among impact investors, philanthropies, non-profits, and corporations.