Get to Know Cody A. Mott

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Foster Swift attorney Cody Mott grew up in Wyoming near Grand Rapids, and graduated from Wyoming Park High School. He attended Grand Valley State University, majoring in Finance and Business Economics. While there, he interned for Congressman Justin Amash.

After graduation, Mott spent two years at the Michigan State House of Representatives as a legislative aide.

He then attended the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Ind. As a student, he interned at the Michigan Department of the Attorney General, the National Bank of Indianapolis, and at Foster Swift Collins & Smith.

After graduating law school in May of 2019, Mott returned to Foster Swift and is in the Business and Tax practice group. To date, his work has focused on contract review, tax research, and entity organization.   

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

What would surprise people about your job? How personally invested we are in solving our clients’ problems, big or small.

Why did you become a lawyer? I have always enjoyed careers centered on problem solving. At the Michigan State House of Representatives, I had the opportunity to work on local constituent concerns as well as broader issues facing our state. From there, I saw going to law school and becoming a lawyer as a chance to learn new skills and solve new problems – something I now do in my everyday practice.

What’s your favorite law-related movie and/or book? “The Lincoln Lawyer”—both a good book and a great movie.

What advice do you have for someone considering law school? Do your research. Figure out what you want in your legal career then pick the law school that helps you get there with the least amount of debt.

What do you do to relax? I enjoy reading, golfing, grabbing drinks with friends, and spending time with my wife and our families.

What other career path might you have chosen? Politics. It was a tough decision to leave the State House.

What would you say to your 16-year-old self?
Don’t buy that Oldsmobile Cutlass—it’s a clunker.

Favorite app: Twitter and podcasts.

Favorite book: “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt.

What is your happiest childhood memory? Happy memories are too numerous to count, but I am especially fond of the trips my family used to take to Flagler Beach, Florida every spring break.

What do you wish someone would invent? A cure for Alzheimer’s. It is a horrific disease.

What has been your favorite year so far and why? Without a doubt, 2019. Professionally, I graduated from law school in May, sat for the bar in July, started at Foster Swift in September, and was admitted to the bar in November. Personally, I spent August getting married and honeymooning in Croatia, and welcomed a new nephew in September. It was an eventful and satisfying year to say the least.

What’s the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever been? Dubrovnik, Croatia. I’m amazed by the thousands of years’ worth of human history held within those walls.

What’s one thing you would like to learn to do? Speak a foreign language.

What’s the best advice you ever received? It’s ok to make a mistake, but not the same one twice.

Favorite place to spend money: Amazon.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve done? Skydiving.


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