Britton Jobe thrives as an advocate for Springfield.
The attorney at Neale & Newman LLP has made it a priority in his professional and civic roles to make the Queen City a better place to live since starting his career in 2009.
“When I returned to Springfield after law school, I became determined to help make Springfield a destination for businesses and young professionals,” says Jobe. “Each and every organization I am involved with helps move the needle on economic development and talent attraction in Springfield.
“I am no apologist for Springfield; I am an advocate.”
Some of those civic roles include his position on the board of directors for Council of Churches of the Ozarks Inc. and The Tooth Truck Inc. Since 2018, he’s also served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
The commercial and business litigation attorney earned the title of partner at Neale & Newman LLP in 2016 after six years with the law firm. He currently serves as chair of its litigation practice group and as co-chair of the hiring committee. The position allows him to find up-and-coming attorneys for the practice.
“It provides me with an opportunity to sell law students and other prospective lawyers on the benefits of locating to and developing a legal practice in Springfield,” he says, adding he’s also focused on mentoring young attorneys after experiencing a mentor relationship of his own. “I am able to blend my professional expertise with my passion for talent attraction and retention.”
In 2017, he served as chair for The Network’s Leadership Council, gaining him a seat on the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. He was also named Young Professional of the Year in 2017 by The Network.
Jobe is a member of The Rotary Club of Springfield Downtown, where he recruits young professionals through the membership committee. He is also part of the Missouri Bar Association, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and the Greene County Citizens’ Tax Oversight Board – and a graduate of Leadership Springfield’s 31st class.
“Some of the best advice I ever received as a young professional was that you get out of an organization only what you put into it,” he says. “To that extent, I have tried to make as big an impact with those organizations as possible, and it is my hope that has encouraged others to do the same and influenced their success.”
Jobe earned a bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Missouri State University, followed by a Juris Doctor from Omaha, Nebraska-based Creighton University School of Law in 2009.
Jobe says he looks up to several business and civic role models who historically have impacted the community, such as John Q. Hammons and John Woodruff.
“I want to continue holding Springfield to higher levels of expectations than perhaps many people are comfortable with,” he says. “I believe Springfield is on the cusp of becoming a truly great American city with a story all our own, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
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