Judith Knudsen, JD

Assistant Vice President of General Counsel

Judith Knudsen is the assistant vice president of general counsel at 1st Global, where she is responsible for the day-to-day legal operations and risk management, including recommendations to the firm’s operational departments regarding best practices, internal controls and securities risk management. She also work’s with the company’s affiliated financial advisors to provide guidance involving legal and regulatory matters.

Judith joined 1st Global in 2003 and also served in the roles of compliance attorney and assistant general counsel. Prior to joining the company and before graduating from law school, she worked in the financial services industry as a compliance professional. Upon graduation in 2000, she became an associate attorney for Hulse & Stucki, P.L.L.C. in Las Colinas, Texas, where she focused on securities, business formations, employment, contracts, litigation and collections matters.

Judith briefly left 1st Global in 2012 to work for Blue River Partners, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in designing and outsourcing SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulatory compliance programs for hedge funds, private equity funds, registered investment advisors, registered investment companies, commodity pool operators and family offices across the entire spectrum of structures, investment strategies and asset classes. She then joined Williams Financial Group, where she led the onset of the redesign of the compliance program before returning to 1st Global in April 2014.

Judith received her Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Stephen F. Austin University and her Juris Doctor degree from Texas Wesleyan University. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas and Colorado and is admitted to practice in the United States Court of the Northern District of Texas and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. She has also passed the FINRA Series 7 and 24 exams.

Judith is a member of the Texas Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association.