Scott E. Early
Scott Early is a retired attorney as of 2012 from Foley & Lardner. He had 38 years of legal practice.
As a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, he was a member of the firm's securities, commodities and exchange regulation and transactional and securities practices. He was a former vice chair of the firm's Securities Litigation, Enforcement & Regulation Practice. He was also general counsel to the Kansas City Board of Trade and provided counsel to numerous other financial industry entities including exchanges and clearing houses.
In 2023, Early was inducted into the Futures Industry Association's FIA Futures Hall of Fame, which was established in 2005 to commemorate outstanding contributions to the global futures and options community.
For 10 years prior to joining Foley, Early was general counsel to the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), serving as legal advisor and counsel to the board of directors, as well as to all staff departments. He also served as an executive officer of the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation. Before joining the CBOT, he focused on counseling and litigation in derivatives, securities, and other commercial matters.
Early joined the CBOT after being its lead counsel for various lawsuits arising from the Hunt Brothers silver market manipulation in the late 1970s.
Early returned to private practice in 1994 as a partner at Foley & Lardner focusing on financial market consulting and litigation. In a notable case, he successfully challenged CFTC jurisdiction regarding swap transactions in the Zellner case and recovered 100 percent of custody funds for his client in the Refco bankruptcy.
He also became the general counsel of the Kansas City Board of Trade. He has consulted with exchanges from Winnipeg to Argentina.
He was elected to America's Best Lawyers (Derivatives) and Chicago Super Lawyers (Commercial Litigation).
Early received his law degree in 1975 from Vanderbilt University, where he was associate articles editor of the Law Review, and received his B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1971.
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