Retired Foley partner Scott Early has been elected to the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Hall of Fame and will be honored at a ceremony during the FIA Boca Conference, on March 15, in Boca Raton, Florida.
Scott began his futures industry career as outside litigation counsel for the Chicago Board of Trade before the U.S. Supreme Court in Tamari v. Bache. He subsequently became lead counsel for the CBOT in the various suits arising from the Hunt brothers silver market manipulation. In 1983, Early left his law firm of Moylan & Early to become General Counsel of the CBOT. As such, he was responsible for all legal, regulatory and legislative matters for the CBOT. In 1984 he became Executive Officer and General Counsel of the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation. He was also an officer of AMPAC, the CBOT’s political action committee. He consulted with members of Congress and their staff regarding pending financial market legislation, wrote Congressional testimony, and personally testified before several Congressional Committees regarding pending financial legislation. In 1994, Early returned to the private practice of law as partner in Foley & Lardner, where he continued financial market consulting and litigation. He successfully challenged CFTC jurisdiction regarding swap transactions in the Zellner case and recovered 100% of customer funds for his client in the Refco bankruptcy. He became general counsel for the Kansas City Board of trade and consulted with exchanges from Winnipeg to Argentina. He was elected to America’s Best Lawyers (Derivatives) and Chicago Super Lawyers (Commercial Litigation).
Foley & Lardner congratulates Scott on a brilliant career.