Jim Wise has been the Managing Partner of PACE Companies, LLP, for over 25 years. Through representation of clients before the federal government, he has developed particular expertise in a multitude of policy areas, including financial services, Native American affairs, energy and the built environment, transportation policy, bankruptcy reform, defense contracting, and energy policy.
Jim has testified before congressional committees on issues as broad as the development of the Federal Prompt Payment Act, the Bankruptcy Reform Act, and tribal health care funding programs. He has been involved consistently over the years in White House briefing sessions on issues dealing with energy development and efficiency, Tribal Self-Governance programs, and health care delivery programs for local governments. He has developed coalitions on behalf of clients for water resource formulas, Veteran’s Affairs support services, and small defense contracting initiatives. He is a regular contributor to trade publications in the areas of bankruptcy reform, tribal governmental programs, and policy issues pertaining to the relocation industry.
Prior to establishing his own firm in 1988, Wise served as the Director of Legislative Services for the California State Controller. He also provided services to the California State Assembly in the area of taxation and land use policies. Additionally, he helped write computer programs to provide fundraising programs for political candidates and not-for-profit entities; these programs also incorporated financial reporting and transparency capabilities to meet government requirements. Jim is a graduate of Stanford University and remains an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan.