Edward S. Knight

Edward Knight is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Nasdaq. Mr. Knight served as the Chief Legal Officer of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD, now FINRA) from June 1999 until becoming Nasdaq’s General Counsel in 2001. Knight led Nasdaq’s efforts to operate as a national securities exchange. The Nasdaq legal and regulatory team was honored as an innovation leader by the Financial Times in December 2015. At the same time, Mr. Knight was awarded a “special mention for outstanding innovation as General Counsel” among North American public company general counsels.

Prior to joining the NASD, Knight served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury from September 1994 to June 1999, where he was the Department’s longest-serving General Counsel since the position was created in 1934. Before being named General Counsel, Knight served as Executive Secretary and Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Bentsen. Prior to his tenure at the Treasury, Knight was a partner with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld. A Texas native, Knight received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He serves as a Trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and its Committee on Corporate Affairs, and served as a member of the Obama Transition Team at the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008-2009.