Professional Background:

Mr Wise is a senior, practicing attorney with forty years in private legal practice, including serving as a founding partner of McCabe/Gordon PC and of Gordon & Wise LLP and, most recently, as a member of the firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC, based in their Boston office.  Mr Wise had also previously served as General Counsel and Senior Director to WorldWide PCE LLC, a strategic change management firm.

As a member of his prior firms’ Corporate and Business Counseling Divisions, he has had a broad, international transactional corporate practice, focusing particularly on the unique problems of entrepreneurial clients and emerging companies.  Mr Wise has represented a variety of individuals and business entities in the formation, restructuring, merger, acquisition, sale, and financing of various commercial enterprises.  He advises clients in the development and execution of complex strategies involving succession planning and execution, leveraged buy-outs, business reorganizations, private placements of debt and equity securities, going global, technology licensing, and transfers, and the protection of good will.  In addition, a large part of his practice traditionally entails developing and implementing litigation strategy in complex commercial cases, both on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, and ranging from securities issues, leveraged buy-outs, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, fraudulent transfer litigation, breach of fiduciary duty litigation, and the like.  Mr Wise regularly provides strategic financial and corporate management planning to clients in a variety of industries, including heavy industry and high tech manufacturing, construction, personal services, broadcasting, technology, marketing and advertising, importing and retail.

In response to the growing globalization of his business clients, Mr Wise completed the Global Master of Arts Program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2002, where he focused his research on the problems with the Anglo-American corporate governance system.  His 2013 publication of, A Crisis of Investor Confidence:  Corporate Governance and the Imbalance of Power, was hailed by the Fletched faculty as “required reading” for anyone seeking to work in that area.  Mr Wise continues to write and lecture extensively on the subject. 

Mr Wise brings to clients a unique blend of rigorous, methodological philosophy, “street-wise” practical experience, and a global vision of the legal, economic, cultural and diplomatic environment in which all businesses must operate.

Honours and Affiliations:

Mr Wise is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member of Newbury College where he has taught International Business Law.

Mr Wise served for six years as a Hearing Officer for the Middlesex and Essex Counties for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.  In 2011 he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for Pro Bono service to the community during 2010.  He is currently a Member of the Governor’s Advisory Board to the Massachusetts commission Against Discrimination

Mr Wise’s NexusLexus Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Rating is AV Pre-Eminent.Mr Wise is also a Master Mason and member of the Budleigh and Essex Lodges in Beverly and Salem, Massachusetts as well as a 32nd° Scottish Rite Mason with the Valley of Salem and of Boston.


Mr Wise received his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and, following his graduation from The Phillips Exeter Academy in 1968, he received his undergraduate degree, cum laudi and with distinction in philosophy, from Boston University.  Mr Wise completed the Global Master of Arts Program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2002 entitling him to a Master of Arts degree in International Relations (subject to final completion of foreign language proficiency examination).


Author or co-author of the following articles: “A Crisis of Investor Confidence: Corporate Governance and the Imbalance of Power,” Kose John, Anil K. Makhija, Stephen P. Ferris (ed.) Advances in Financial Economics, Volume 16, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 217-256.; “Corporate Governance and Culture:  Underpinnings of the European Model” Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review, Volume 8, Number 1 (March 2006);  “The Sirens’ Song of Failure” The Boston Business Journal; “Finding Competitive Advantages in Corporate Governance, Part II” The Journal of Corporate Renewal; “Finding Competitive Advantages in Corporate Governance, Part I” The Journal of Corporate Renewal; “Sarbanes-Oxley: Fear, Anger, and Director Liability.” NACD Directors’ Monthly; “Who Was Enron’s and WorldCom’s Ultimate Guardian of Investor Interest and Corporate Accountability?” Andrew’s ENRON Litigation Reporter; “Empowering the Watchdog” US Business Review; “Corporate Reform: Balance the Powers.” The National Law Journal.

Web Interview:

WIN Interactive:  Best Lawyers Series.  Topics Include Becoming a Lawyer; Approaches to the Law; Preventing War (Litigation); Contractual Approaches; Bank Litigation Research; etc. 

Further Notations:Mr. Wise is the father of four remarkable daughters.

Professional Background of Richard L Wise
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