Michelle L. Jacko, CSCP

Michelle Jacko

Michelle L. Jacko, CSCP

Chief Executive Officer

  • Investment Adviser, Broker-Dealer, Investment Company, Hedge and Private Fund Consultation
  • Registration and Client Disclosure Documents including Forms ADV, Form BD, Form PF, and Contracts
  • SEC, FINRA and State Regulatory Examination and Enforcement matters
  • Annual Reviews, Risk Assessments, and Mock SEC Exams
  • Performance Advertising and Social Media Regulatory Compliance
  • Policies and Procedures, Surveillance and Internal Control Development
  • Cybersecurity Reviews, Regulation S-P, Business Continuity and Succession Planning


J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1996

B.A. International Relations, University of San Diego, 1993
Degree awarded Cum Laude

Series 7, 24 & 66 (inactive)

Bar & Court Admissions

The State Bar of California

United States District Court, Southern District of California

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Member and Former Two-Term Board 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

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, American Bar Association

FINRA Arbitrator


Finalist, Business Woman of the Year, San Diego Business Journal (2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018)

Finalist, Women of Influence in Law Award, San Diego Business Journal (2023, 2022, 2021)

Selected to Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, (2023)

Top 50, Women of Influence 50 Over 50, San Diego Business Journal (2022)

Finalist, CEO of the Year, San Diego Business Journal (2022, 2021, 2020, 2019)

Finalist, Leaders in Law, San Diego Business Journal (2022, 2021, 2020)

Finalist, Women of the Year, San Diego Magazine (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017)

Global Excellence Awards: Most Influential Woman in Securities Law, Acquisition International Magazine (2021, 2020, 2019)

Finalist, Business Women of the Year, CEO Today Magazine (2020, 2019)

Finalist, SD500, San Diego Business Journal (2020, 2019)

Finalist, Most Admired CEO, San Diego Business Journal (2020, 2018, 2017)

Finalist, Women of Influence, San Diego Metro Magazine (2019)

Finalist, 2019 NAWBO Bravo Awards – San Diego


Michelle L. Jacko, CSCP, is CEO of Core Compliance & Legal Services, Inc. ("Core Compliance"), a compliance consultation firm which services registered investment advisers, broker-dealers hedge/private funds, investment companies, and financial professionals. In addition, Ms. Jacko is Managing Partner and CEO of Jacko Law Group, PC, a law firm which offers securities, corporate, and employment law counsel services to the financial industry and beyond.

Ms. Jacko specializes in investment adviser, broker-dealer, and fund regulatory compliance matters, internal control development, regulatory examinations, and operational risk management. Her consultation practice focuses on the areas of mock examinations, annual reviews, policies and procedures development, testing of compliance programs (including evaluation of internal controls and supervision), performance advertising, 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.

Core Compliance is proud to be certified as a woman owned business through the NWBOC and was a finalist for the 2019 NAWBO Bravo Awards - San Diego. Ms. Jacko was honored as a finalist for the 2019 NAWBO Bravo Awards - San Diego. Since 2019, she has been selected as a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s (SDBJ) CEO of the Year Award (2019-2022). She has also been selected for inclusion for the SDBJ’s 2022 Women of Influence 50 over 50, 2021 -2023 Women of Influence in Law, SDBJ’s 2018-2022 Business Woman of the Year, 2020 San Diego 500 Influential Business Leaders Award, 2020-2021 SD500, and the prestigious 2020 Most Admired CEO Award. She was also selected as a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2020–2021 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. Most recently, she was selected as a Super Lawyer for 2023 by Thomson Reuters.

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 her B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego. She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the 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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