Mark Jones Background Story: Fierce Independence, Humbleness, Dogged Persistence
Mark Jones’ story represents the people of Columbus, Georgia-Phenix City, Alabama with undertones of independence, humbleness, and dogged persistence strewn throughout. Since age 7, Mark knew he wanted to be a lawyer. Growing up in the “nation” of Texas – where the lone star spirit of sovereignty reigns supreme and where football is king – Mark was accustomed to things being bigger and better, always striving for the best.
With a single mom who worked as hard as she could as a teacher to make ends meet, Mark cultivated his own work ethic with his mother, as a perfect role model, by his side. During middle school, Mark attended one of the poorest schools in Fort Worth, Texas and found his niche in the magnet program offered. This is where Mark recognized firsthand the stark differences between the children of “North” Fort Worth and “South” Fort Worth – these differences deeply bothered Mark. Even today, this experience shaped Mark’s life in undeniably profound way; Mark learned the value of humbleness, what it means to come from nothing and the work involved in order to be successful. Of course, everything comes from God, and Mark’s faith is very important to him, as well as his three children.
Mark Jones’ Education
For college, Mark decided to go to Texas Christian University on an academic scholarship, and finished in the top 25 of his entire class. Throughout his college career, Mark also worked for TCU’s Information Commons as a residential network technician and student tech in addition to maintaining a near perfect GPA.
Clerkship for Superior Court Judge
After the clerkship, Mark and his wife decided to stay in Columbus because they loved the town and the people in it.
Mark Jones Goes to Washington, D.C.
Mark learned what it meant to represent another person and how significant a privilege and responsibility that was. Mark also learned what it meant to be a leader, by meeting some of the most cherished friends he has encountered in his life. This experience surely prepared Mark for practicing law, and representing the people of Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama.
Law Offices of Mark P. Jones
The professors at The University of Georgia taught Mark the law while also helping him believe in himself. He was twice published in law school, and won first place in a writing competition held by a state Supreme Court, despite not making law review. He also practiced law under the Third Year Practice Act for the Elberton County D.A.’s office, and also did a summer internship with Judge Steve Jones (who is currently a federal judge). Studying at The University of Georgia provided Mark with the foundation he needed to advocate effectively for injured clients in Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City/Opelika, Alabama.