Georgia Lien Lawyer Mark A. Cobb

Attorney at Law, Founding Partner
Telephone: 770-886-5890 ext. 2
Facsimile: 770-886-5976

Mark A. Cobb

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For over 25 years, Mark has been practicing construction law throughout the State of Georgia. He remains active in many professional organizations, and he speaks and lectures extensively on Georgia’s Mechanics and Materialmen’s Law, payment bonds (Miller Act and Little Miller Act claims), construction contracting and risk-allocation & damage mitigation. In addition, he publishes on similar topics regularly. In fact, Mark recently finished co-editing a 50-State Lien Law publication for the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry and has contributed to several other books and industry publications.

Born in Pensacola, Mark credits his personal success with the Christian values instilled by his parents. He was fortunate to learn from great teachers and mentors the value of a hard-day’s work and honesty, and he always enjoyed school. In college, Mark majored in English literature, but he had a double-minor in political science and economics where he was a member of several honor societies including the prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) as well as the English and the Political Science honor societies. While in college, Mark managed a 25-person staff of writers and editors for the weekly student newspaper. Under Mark’s leadership, the newspaper earned the highest honor from the Georgia College Press Association while teaching Mark the importance of deadlines, business budgeting & revenues, and integrity.

After college, Mark matriculated at the top-tier Washington and Lee University School of Law. Here, he excelled in his coursework and served as a faculty research assistant working on a Freedom on Information Act project. His classmates elected him to serve all three years on the 13-member Executive Committee which oversaw the honor code for the entire university. Here, Mark’s concepts on honesty and integrity were tested and strengthened in the most remarkable ways.

In addition to his impressive education, Mark’s jobs experience has continued to mold his talents. His earliest jobs–working as a runner for Boling, Rice & Bettis and his tenure at the Florida District Attorney’s Office–taught him to be punctual and to always return telephone calls (now, emails and texts!) During the summers between law school, Mark held several jobs but remembers his time at Mosely, Taylor and Joyner in Jacksonville, Florida most fondly. Here, he worked on complex litigation matters involving maritime and contract law.

After law school, Mark moved to Atlanta to work for a small, boutique law firm. Although he performed varying research and ligation tasks for the various partners, Mark quickly excelled in the area of Georgia Construction Law working with contract drafting, construction collections, and construction litigation. In fact, his first client helped solidify his unique concentration in materialmen liens and payment bond law. This same client asked Mark to develop a procedure for sending Notices to Owners, preparing liens, and other tools useful for the construction industry which grew into a full-litany of construction-related legal services.

After making partner at his firm, Mark opened his own firm. In the beginning, clients learned about Mark exclusively through word-of-mouth. In 2007, Mark and his wife took a sabbatical to France. Upon his return, Mark enthusiastically approached the state-wide practice of construction law with new zeal and determination. He moved the files into the clouds, improved the communications network, opened a second office, hired additional attorneys, and began marketing his firm to all types of construction professionals including project owners and developers, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

In addition to many years of successful construction litigation, Mark is also a Registered Mediator and a Registered Arbitrator. In this position, Mark assists construction project participants with resolution by applying his decades of experience and problem-solving skills. Mark chose to become a Registered Mediator and Arbitrator after decades of representing clients in construction arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Mark is married and has two children, and two English setters. He is active at All Saints Episcopal Church where he recently completed his term as a Vestryman. Mark was recently the chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Vashti Center which operates a $4M annual budget for children with psychological and psychiatric issues; he is the treasure and immediate past-president of the local Washington and Lee Alumni Chapter, treasurer of the Southern Regional Technical College Foundation, and treasurer of the Thomasville Antique Show Foundation. In addition to his personal and professional interests, Mark enjoys tennis, wingshooting, and fly-fishing.

  • Education

    • Washington & Lee University, School of Law, J.D., 1991
    • Berry College, B.A. in English, 1988
    • Institut de Francais, certificate, 2007

  • Recent Publications & Presentations:

    • Member, Drafting Committee for 2020 Changes to Georgia’s Lien Laws, AGC Georgia Legislative Committee
    • Author, Screwed Because of Virus. Are There Any Silver Linings?, The American Subcontractors Association’s The Contractor’s Compass (April 2020)
    • Speaker, 8th Annual Construction Law & Government Contracting Seminar on the topic Federal Contracting 101 and Retainage Under the Miller Act / Little Miller Act, Atlanta, Georgia (October 2019)
    • Author, How Subcontractors Can Avoid Payment Issues, The American Subcontractors Association’s The Contractor’s Compass (July 2019)
    • Moderator, Speaker “2019 Georgia Construction Law Bootcamp” (March 2019)
    • “50 State Lien Law Handbook”,co-editor 2018 (American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law)
    • Speaker, Supplemental or Alternate AIA Contract Documents at the AIA Contract Document Workshop Seminar, March 13, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia presented by HalfMoon Education, Inc.
    • Payment Issues and Public-Private Partnerships, The Contractor’s Compass (the official educational journal of the American Subcontractor Association) March 2017
    • Payment Bonds — An Effective Way to Get Paid, presenter for Advanced Issues for Construction Law, sponsored by The Seminar Group, November 3 – 4, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Take a Victory Lap: Contract Terms that Put You in the Driver’s Seat, featured speaker at the 2016 Construction Supplier Association’s Annual Meeting & Expo, September 14 – 16, 2016, Biloxi, Mississippi
    • 50-State Lien Law Guide, Contributing Editor, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, anticipated publication 2018
    • Anatomy of a “Claim of Lien, presenter for Georgia Construction Law, sponsored by The Seminar Group, October 1, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia
    • 15 Free Things to Improve Your Construction Contracts, AGC of Georgia, 3rd Annual Construction Professionals Marketplace, presenter, April 2016
    • Georgia Material Supplier Collection Handbook, Author, 2014
    • Construction Subcontracting: A Comprehensive Practical and Legal Guide, Co-Author on Chapter 4, Subcontractor Payment, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
    • 2015 Shaken Not Stirred: Bond, Payment Bond. The Fundamentals of Federal, State & Municipal Payment Bonds, AGC of Georgia, 2nd Annual 2015 Construction Professionals Conference & Marketplace, presenter, April 2015
    • Georgia Construction Law, Thomas University, adjunct faculty, Spring term 2015
    • Free Things You Can Do to Create Better Construction Contracts, Cabinet Makers Association webinar, presenter, January 2015
    • Georgia Construction Law Basics, Atlanta Business Radio, co-presenter, January 2015
    • Compare and Contrast, Georgia & Alabama’s Lien Laws, Construction Suppliers Association sponsored Roundtable, November 2014
    • Contract Liabilities and Issues for Design Professionals, HalfMoon Education, Inc., August 2014
    • Methods to Improve Collection: Using Georgia’s Lien and Bond Law to a Supplier’s Advantage, In-house presentation to clients and contacts, February 2015, co-presenter
    • Best Practices for Construction Contracting, AGC of Georgia, 1st Annual 2014 Construction Professionals Conference & Marketplace, presenter, April 2014
    • How to Effectively Use Georgia Mechanics and Materialman Lien Laws, AGC Georgia, Top Construction Issues, presenter, December 2013

  • Bar Admissions

    • State Bar of Georgia, 1992
    • State Bar of Alabama, 1994
    • Georgia Court of Appeals
    • Georgia Supreme Court
    • Alabama Supreme Court
    • United States Federal Court
    • United States Court of Appeals