Mark A. Cobb
Cobb Law Group
3355 Lenox Road, Suite 750
Atlanta, GA 30326
Tel: 770-886-5890 ext. 2
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.
- 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
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- ABA Forum on Construction Law
- Associated General Contractors of America (Contract Drafting Committee Member)
- Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC-Georgia) (Legislative Drafting Committee Member)
- American Subcontractors Association (ASA)
- Construction Suppliers Association (CSA)
- State Bar of Georgia
- State Bar of Alabama
- Author, A Subcontractor’s Continuing Duty to Document, The American Subcontractors Association’s The Contractor’s Compass November 2021)
- Presenter, Georgia’s New Lien Law Changes for 2021, November 17, 2020, Georgia CLE program sponsored by Levelset
- Author, Legal Considerations for the Next Generation of Construction Professionals, The American Subcontractors Association’s The Contractor’s Compass (September 2020)
- Presenter, 2020 Revision to Georgia’s Lien Law, September 2, 2020, presented by Levelset
- Author, Legally Speaking: Keep You Eye on the Ball, The American Subcontractors Association’s The Contractor’s Compass (June 2020)
- Member, Drafting Committee for 2020 Changes to Georgia’s Lien Laws (GA SB 315-2020), 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
Construction Law is the bedrock of our practice. Throughout the State of Georgia, our firm is regarded as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable law firms in the practice of construction law. First and foremost, we understand our clients’ businesses which places us in a unique position to serves as their strategic partners in every aspect of their business. From starting your first development to contractor licensure and bidding to project close-out and payment issues and defect liability, we can help.
The Cobb Law Group’s construction law attorneys understand the difficult and complex issues facing those involved in the construction industry throughout the State of Georgia, and we work closely with each of our clients to form the most effective resolutions to their legal concerns. Our attorneys represent corporate property owners, developers, design professionals, material suppliers, contractors and specialty subcontractors, architects and engineers, at all phases of the construction process including construction contract negotiation & drafting, contract interpretation, breach of contract claims, indemnification, mechanics and materialmen’s liens, payment bond claims, surety work, Miller Act claims and litigation and Little Miller Act claims and litigation.
Every attorney at the Cobb Law Group is a construction attorney with experience, business and legal savvy, and–most importantly–common sense. Thus, every attorney contributes legal understanding as well as practical experience to each project. Each attorney is a leader in construction law and regularly speaks and publishes on various topics related to construction law such as construction contracting, working with public works projects, performance bonds and payment bonds and mechanics and materialmen’s lien law; many of our attorneys have construction-site experience prior to applying to law school. These skills allow us to help us efficiently and effectively solve our clients’ problems, evaluate and mitigate damages, and avoid mistakes altogether.
A leader in Georgia construction law for over 25 years, the Cobb Law Group brings expertise, experience and knowledge to your team. Focusing on project development, construction contracting, construction litigation, and payment issues including materialmen’s liens and payment bond claims, our firm understands your goals and needs. In commercial matters large and small, we have the experience and the knowledge to be strategic partners with our clients regardless of whether they are starting a new project or mitigating issues to a current project. In fact, we represent owners, developers, design professionals, prime contractors, specialty subcontractors and material suppliers throughout Georgia.
While it is true that we represent all tiers of the construction industry from material suppliers to project owner, our history gives us a unique insight into every aspect of the construction process. When our firm began, for example, we started representing several national material suppliers; decades later, we still represent almost every one of these companies along with specialty subcontractors. In fact, we have addressed so many legal issues related specifically to subcontractors and suppliers that we have become known nationally in the burgeoning practice of law known as “Subcontractor Law”. In the last decade, our growth has centered around prime contractors, design professionals as well as owners and developers. Through this process, we have learned the business side of construction, and we remain mindful of our clients’ goals in each matter.
Our clients count on our reputation for integrity, professionalism, and unwavering devotion to address their priorities and legal needs. Colleagues from other states routinely seek our expertise in materialmen’s lien law, local litigation, and construction contracts. We regularly participate in and conduct seminars, training workshops, and continuing legal education programs for our clients, construction professionals, as well as for other attorneys. And, we are regularly interviewed by on-line and print media in the areas of construction lien filings, payment bond claim filings, construction litigation, and related matters.
Cobb Law Group attorneys are proud members of their communities and are dedicated to improving our society through volunteer and other charitable endeavours. Our attorneys work in a vibrant environment that fosters team work and a sense of legal community based upon the spirit on which the firm was founded. It doesn’t matter where you are located, if you seek an experienced construction law firm or business law firm for your Georgia projects, then please contact us today.