Attorney Mark Jobe has recently started working as an associate with Glankler Brown PLLC.
The Memphis native grew up in Midtown, son of an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Mark Jobe, and the politically active Lora Jobe, who served on the Memphis City Schools board for 10 years beginning in the late 1990s.
Playing baseball throughout his time at White Station High School, Jobe landed a combination of academic and athletic scholarships to the University of Memphis, where he pitched for the baseball team and planned for courses in pre-med. It would be the labs, though, to get the best of him.
“I just realized that’s not where my interest was,” said Jobe, who wound up majoring in economics and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
For Jobe, even at a young age, the approach to education and career was to build a foundation.
Thinking fiscally, he chose Division I baseball over Division III because of the availability of scholarships. And when it came to post-graduate education, he looked at an MBA versus law school based upon “which one would lay a better foundation for my future.”
But in the end, he chose law.
“I decided that the tangible certification a law degree gives you was more important to me,” Jobe said, adding with laughter, “if worse comes to worst and I ever get thrown out on the street, I’ll be able to go down to the courthouse and get work. That certification meant a lot. … Once you’re licensed to practice law, you can always do that.”
Jobe, 26, has always thought of himself as entrepreneurial and business-minded, and even during his tenure at the University of Tennessee College of Law, he said his focus was on business.
“I wanted more business knowledge in laying the groundwork for whatever I do,” he said. “I think that knowledge and that subject matter is really applicable to a wide array and provides a lot of opportunity in going forward.”
“It’s a great fit to start my career with a well-respected Memphis firm that has a great presence in the area.”
Jobe graduated law school in the spring of 2012 and went to work with the Thomas Family Law Firm PLC in the area of child custody and divorce law. Such a focus is as removed from business and real estate as possible, but it was a good experience and helped Jobe to become a more well-rounded attorney.
“I liked it a lot more than I thought I would,” he said, “but it takes a toll on you.”
Though he appreciated his time working with colleague and friend Justin Thomas, when the opportunity at Glankler Brown came through mentor and firm member Douglas Earthman, Jobe jumped at the chance.
“Being the type of law that I wanted to do from the start, along with having the support that comes from being in a firm this size, and learning from some of the best attorneys in town … it was just too good to pass up,” he said.
At Glankler, he’s been studying for the Mississippi Bar exam while working alongside legal goliath Hunter Humphreys in the real estate and secured lending group. So far it has been just the experience he’d hoped for when he first decided on law as a profession.
“I’ve been so pleased with the environment,” Jobe said. “They really treat me, as low guy on the totem pole, as a professional. It’s a great fit to start my career with a well-respected Memphis firm that has a great presence in the area and learn from guys who have been doing it for a long time and doing it very successfully.”
As the work load evens out for Jobe and he becomes better acquainted with the life of an attorney at a high-profile law firm, he hopes to become more involved with his alma mater where, as a student-athlete, he served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He also hopes to become more involved with the organization New Memphis Institute, where his age and profession might be an asset.
He is currently a member of the Memphis Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
“I’d like to get more involved,” he said, “but right now I’m just kind of easing in to things and making sure I can take more on before I fill up my plate.”