Rachel Mondl Mayo has been named general counsel and executive vice president of Stephens Inc. of Little Rock. She succeeds David Knight, who joined Stephens in 1988 as the firm’s first general counsel. Mayo has worked alongside Knight as associate general counsel and senior vice president since joining Stephens in February 2021. As general counsel, Mayo will oversee all legal and regulatory matters as well as the legal department of the independent financial services firm. “In the spirit of good stewardship, Rachel is a formidable successor well-matched to our business objectives and the future of the industry,” said Warren A. Stephens, chairman, president and CEO of Stephens Inc. “We look forward to her leadership.”
Mayo has a decade of experience in corporate and government law. Before joining Stephens, Mayo held senior executive positions in the U.S. Department of Labor, including chief of staff to then-Secretary Eugene Scalia and deputy solicitor. She served as a professional staff member and counsel of the Committee on Education & the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives and as assistant general counsel of the Smithsonian Institution. Before that, she was an associate attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of the international law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.
Mayo graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2008. She received her Juris Doctor with honors from the Emory University School of Law in 2011 and completed her clerkship for Judge Frank Hull of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012.