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Cassandra G. Mott Recognized as a 2022 Top Woman in Asset-Based Lending by ABF Journal

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Blank Rome Finance Partner Cassandra G. Mott was recognized as a 2022 Top Woman in Asset-Based Lending by the ABF Journal.

Cassandra is one of 50 women honored in this second annual edition issued by the ABF Journal, which recognizes the most influential women in the asset-based lending ("ABL") industry across multiple disciplines and profiles the honorees on the challenges they’ve overcome, the lessons they’ve learned, and the many successes they’ve achieved. For the full list of 2022 Women in ABL honorees, please click here.

This honor follows Cassandra’s recent recognition in The Secured Finance Network’s Leading the Way Forward 2022: Women in Secured Finance, which honored women who are leading the way forward in the finance industry.

Cassandra’s 2022 Women in ABL profile is available here and copied in full below.

As published in the ABF Journal:

Cassandra G. Mott

Blank Rome

Cassandra Mott had been in Cleveland at Jones Day for a decade when the firm asked her to start its finance practice in Houston. In what Mott calls one of the biggest professional challenges of her career, she had to uproot her family and launch an entirely new offering in a completely new city. The move turned out to be a great one.  

“It was daunting and, dare I say, even a little scary. But at the same time, it was a tremendous professional development opportunity for me that has really worked out very well,” Mott says. “I really couldn't have asked for a better city to have landed in to build both my family's future and my professional one.”

Staying in Texas has been important to Mott ever since her days at Jones Day Houston, leading her to Thompson & Knight in 2013 and then to Blank Rome in 2021. Along the way, Mott has become an expert in multiple disciplines, including asset-based lending, cash flow loans, leveraged buyout financings, workouts and bankruptcies, making her more than a “one-size-fits-all" kind of lawyer.

“The worst type of lawyer to work with really is the lawyer who's stuck in his or her own ways [and] isn't willing to consider new, different or even better ways of approaching issues and solving problems for clients,” Mott says. 

In addition to being creative, Mott knows when to let things go, which is one of the many lessons she hopes to impart as a role model for the next generation of women entering the legal profession. 

“You can't be afraid of failure and you can't be afraid to pivot,” Mott says. “You just have to think, ‘This isn't working, but there's something even better on the horizon.’” •