Christopher Nichols Knight

Christopher Knight

Title: Retired Lawyer

Glencoe, Illinois, United States

Christopher Nichols Knight, Retired Lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Financial Law.

Specializing in financial institutions in the public sector as well as project finance, Mr. Knight retired in 2013 after serving as chairman of the public finance practice at Foley and Lardner LLP since 2005. He was a managing partner of the firm from 2003 to 2004, and a full partner from when the firm was called Hopkins & Sutter. Since his retirement, he has looked toward pursuing his interest in the performing arts, and has supported the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is a current director of the board of the Chicago Humanities Festival, and is a former president of the Writers’ Theatre, where he still sits on the board of trustees.

A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Knight earned a JD from Duke University in 1971 and joined the firm of Quarles & Brady, now Quarles & Brady LLP. He had been drawn to adjudication and preservation of the individual’s rights since an early age, and after graduation his practice quickly turned to representing investment banks, commercial banks, and other financial institutions in public and project finance. Later, his practice turned to the pro bono representation of human rights. Mr. Knight is a former member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Diligence and compassion have guided him through his career, and in his retirement he reflects on those qualities as the keys to his success.

A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr. Knight has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in the World. He was honored by the editorial board of Duke Law Journal as a graduate, and was featured from 2005 to 2013 with Illinois Super Lawyers, as well as in 2013 with Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Knight has supported legal and financial organizations such as the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the American Bar Association, as well as performing arts societies like the National Council of American Theatre.

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