What advice would you offer to women
just starting out in the industry?
I think that it is important for young
women to be intentional in their careers
and to map out at an early age potential
professional milestones, no matter how
small or large. Also, it is extremely valuable and rewarding to cultivate internal
and external relationships with other
professionals throughout your career.
The relationships that I developed, both
within my firm and with clients and
friends at financial institutions and
other law firms as a young attorney, are
some of my most valued relationships
and continue to enrich my career on a
professional and personal level.
What do you know now that you wish you
knew in the beginning of your career?
The practice of law in the commercial
finance area is a marathon and not a
sprint. To excel in our area, we have to
work at it every day. The most important
services and have shown me leadership
skills that are based upon uncompromis-
ing ethics and morals. But, more impor-
tantly, they invested in me as a person
and not just as a professional colleague.
As a result of the strong mentoring that I
have experienced, I view it as my obliga-
tion and honor to continue to mentor
What do you think the industry could
do to attract and retain the best and the
For both men and women, I think that
educating them not only on the fundamentals of our industry but also on the
value and rewards of a career in the finance industry is important. We should
cultivate new talent by listening to them
and continually improving and adapting
what we do to make sure that it remains
relevant and interesting.
Also, for women, it is key to continue
to promote women in leadership roles in
the industry and also to think about ways
to include younger women in our industry in panels and committees at both the
national and local levels. Senior mentors
also can introduce women more directly
into our professional and social interactions with both men and women so
they see the relationships that we have
developed and start developing their
own network of friends and colleagues in
part of our practice is knowledge of the
law. I would advise a young attorney to
start their advanced learning in both
finance and bankruptcy law at the very
beginning of their career and continue
to develop that knowledge on a consistent basis with disciplined reading
and continuing legal education and by
stepping out of their comfort zone as
a young attorney to volunteer for challenging projects.
Also, business development starts on
the first day of your career with every interaction that you have with clients and
the other parties to a finance transaction.
Business development has become increasingly more important as the market
changes and developing and constantly
refining a business development plan
with the assistance of mentors should
reap positive results later.
What kind of role has mentoring and/or
sponsorship played in your career?
I have benefitted from excellent mentoring at every stage of my career. I was
given opportunities to interact with
clients early in my career and to develop
my legal knowledge at an accelerated
pace. My mentors not only introduced
me to firm clients but also to their connections with other members of the bar
and other professional colleagues. They
always have been great role models for
excellence and quality in providing legal
Bobbi Accord Noland
Parker Hudson Rainer
& Dobbs, LLP
or more than 27 years, Bobbi Acord Noland has been engaged in structur-
ing, documenting, negotiating and closing secured loan transactions for
financial institutions, including complex syndicated credit facilities. Bobbi
also has experience in structuring and closing international financial trans-
actions involving both secured facilities and receivables purchase facilities.
In connection with the representation of the firm’s lending clients, she also
has been involved in various workouts and restructurings of financing transactions.
Bobbi is a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Attorneys. She also
has been recognized as one of the foremost banking lawyers in Georgia by Chambers
USA in Banking and Finance, a leading Banking practitioner by The Best Lawyers in
America and one of Georgia’s “Top Rated Lawyers” by Martindale-Hubbell and ALM.
She has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer for more than a decade and in 2008
was named one of the top 50 Georgia Women Super Lawyers.
Bobbi has served as an adjunct professor at Emory University Law School in Atlanta. In addition, Bobbi serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee and Compensation Committee.