Mark is the named, founding partner of the Cobb Law Group. For over 20 years, Mark has concentrated his practice primarily in the area of construction law including subcontractor law, materialmen's liens, payment bond claims, business entity formation, construction contract drafting and interpretation, AIA document review, construction liens, payment, and Miller Act litigation, and Mark was instrumental in the growth and development of our current legal practice. Throughout the course of his distinguished legal career, Mark has represented many international, national and regional firms while also serving on numerous private and non-profit boards.
Mark was born in Pensacola, Florida, and has spent his childhood in Pensacola and Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving the Presidential Scholarship, Mark attended Berry College and earned a degree in English with a double minor in economics and political science. His name regularly appeared on the Dean’s List, and he was a member of several academic societies including Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), as well as the national English honor society and the national political science honor society. While a student, he managed a 25 person, student newspaper staff and, while Mark was its editor-in-chief, the college newspaper received the highest award from the Georgia College Newspaper Association. While in college, Mark began preparations for his legal career by working for the law firm of Boling, Rice & Bettis in Cumming, Georgia and the Florida District Attorney’s Office in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. He considers both of these experiences invaluable for shaping his legal mind and beginning good business habits.
Immediately following his graduation from college, Mark began his legal studies at top-ranked Washington and Lee University School of Law. Founded in 1749, W&L is the sixth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, and it is the only school named for George Washington for which he supported financially. Following the American Civil War, General Robert E. Lee assumed the presidency of the small liberal arts college (then known as Washington College) and worked to make the school thrive. He attached a local law school to the college, and, following Lee’s death the school was renamed to honor him. The law school remains a top-tier school, and Mark studied under some of the finest legal minds in the country. While in law school, his classmates elected him to serve as their class representative to the Executive Committee, a university-wide committee of 13 students who are responsible for all aspects of student government and the honor council. In addition, Mark was a member of the Student Bar Association, and Phi Delta Phi, a legal fraternity. As a part-time job during school, Mark was a research assistant for a professor researching the limits of the Freedom of Information Act. In addition, he volunteered at the Reeves Center, a museum on-campus concentrating in Chinese export porcelain. Although he had several successful law school internships, Mark remembers his time at Taylor, Moseley and Joyner (now Moseley, Warren, Prichard & Parrish) in Jacksonville, Florida particularly fondly as he tackled maritime and international law issues.
Following law school, Mark accepted a job at a small law firm in Atlanta where he began to build his own client base, hone his legal skills, and improve his business skills. In 1994, when Georgia’s lien laws began to change, Mark took the initiative and began a service sending Notices to Contractor’s on behalf of his clients. As a result, several Fortune 500 firms began to use his services, and in 1998, Mark opened his own firm. Although he did not do any advertising, clients continued to seek his services.
In 2007, Mark took a sabbatical from work. During this time he and his wife lived in France and began working on some personal writing projects. Upon his return to work, he felt a renewed enthusiasm for his career and clients and began focusing his energies on client development. Under his leadership, he moved the firm away from paper files, and using an off-site server, was able to increase the efficiency of the firm. His current project includes taking the firm “virtual” in order to improve legal services while lowering costs to his clients.
Mark is married to a wonderful wife; in 2010, they had their first daughter and in 2013 a son. They attend All Saints' Episcopal Church where Mark serves on the Vestry. Mark is the chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Vashti Center, treasure of the Southwest Georgia Technical College Foundation and treasurer of the Thomasville Antique Show Foundation. In addition, he is president of the Washington and Lee Thomasville–Tallahassee Alumni Club. His is an active member of the American Ceramics Circle as well as several genealogical societies. He enjoys hiking and playing tennis.
Languages spoken: French
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|AL||Authorized to practice law||1994||11/11/2015|
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1992||11/07/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Blog 2013||Construction Marketing Ideas||2013|
|Who's Who In Amiercan Colleges & Uniersities||Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities||N/A|
|Adjunct Professor||Thomas University||2013 - Present|
|Principal||Cobb Law Group||1998 - Present|
|associate||Bivens, Hoffman & Fowler||1994 - 1998|
|associate||Mobley & Mobley||1992 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Southwest Georgia Technical College Foundation||Treasurer||2013 - Present|
|Thomasville Antique Show Foundation||Treasurer||2012 - Present|
|Thomasville - Tallahassee Chapter of the Washington & Lee Universtiy Alumni Association||President||2011 - Present|
|The Vashti Center||Chairman, Board of Trustees||2010 - Present|
|Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit||Vestryman||1994 - 2001|
|American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry||member||N/A|
|American Subcontractor's Association||N/A||N/A|
|ABA Forum on the Construction Industry||Construction Subcontracting||2014|
|Lowe's for Pros||Run a More Fiscally Responsible Construction Company||2010|
|Lowe's for Pros||Reevaluate Your Business Plan for Success||2010|
|Washington & Lee University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|Berry College||English Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|Construction Professionals Conference||Best Practices for General Contractors 2014||2014|
|Construction Law Seminar||Improving the Project Outcome with Accurate and Effective Construction Contracting||2014|
|Nuts and Bolts for Georgia Contractors||Georgia Lien Laws||2013|