Michael G. Oxley

Of Counsel

Washington, D.C.
T 202.861.1663  |  F 202.861.1783
In Memoriam

Michael G. Oxley has left a rich legacy serving as a long-time congressman, former Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and BakerHostetler attorney. He spent 25-years serving his constituents from Ohio’s Fourth Congressional District. Throughout his remarkable career, Mike left an indelible mark on U.S. history for his co-authorship of the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which restored Americans’ confidence in capital markets and created a new accounting oversight board for publicly traded companies.

At BakerHostetler, Mike was a highly respected member of the firm’s Government Policy team where he focused on helping clients resolve or avert problems related to federal or state policy through legislative or administrative solutions. He also assisted private and public companies establish governance policies and compliance programs. Mike recently served as Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. He personified excellence, and will be remembered as an avid advocate for both investors and companies.

Mike distinguished himself as a thought leader in the corporate governance community, earning himself international speaking engagements, and serving as a frequent media commentator for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, Fox Business News, and Bloomberg Television. He was also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors' Blue Ribbon Commission on Risk Governance. In 2008, Mike was inducted into Directorship Magazine's Hall of Fame, which recognizes those who have made unique and lasting contributions to the shape of modern corporate governance. In 2007, he was named to the magazine's Directorship 100, an annual list of the most influential people in corporate governance.

Prior to his election to Congress in 1981, Mike was a special agent of the FBI in Washington, Boston, and New York, and a member of the Ohio General Assembly. He earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University in 1966 and his J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law in 1969.

Mike’s professional and personal achievements will leave an enduring impression on generations to come.


  • American Bar Association
    • Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs
  • APCO Worldwide's International Advisory Council 
  • Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange
    • Member, Board of Directors



Prior Positions

  • Member of the U.S. House of Representatives – Ohio's 4th congressional district (1981 to 2007)
    • Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee (2001 to 2007)
  • Member of the Ohio House of Representatives – Ohio's 82nd district (1973-1981)
  • FBI – Special Agent in Washington, Boston, and New York
  • Attorney – Oxley, Malone, Fitzgerald and Hollister


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio


  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 1969
  • B.A., Miami University, 1966