|Born||1950 (age 67–68)
Great Bend, Kansas, U.S.
|Education||Harvard University (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)
Cobb is the son of Grover C. Cobb, a Kansas radio station owner who was senior executive vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters (which named one of their prestigious awards for him). Cobb's father was vice-president/general manager of KVGB (AM)/FM in Great Bend, and had a key role in forming the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Cobb reportedly is a distant relative of the Hall of Fame baseball player bearing the same name. Cobb spent his childhood in rural Kansas.
Cobb was a law clerk for a federal judge, and then worked in the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore, serving as chief of the criminal section and head of the region's drug enforcement and organized crime task force. In 1986, after he had been passed over for the U.S. Attorney position in favor of Breckinridge L. Willcox, he joined the Baltimore law firm Miles and Stockbridge. Two years later, he joined Hogan & Hartson, which became Hogan Lovells.
Cobb successfully defended Hudson Foods against allegations that its executives lied to investigators after a recall of beef tainted with E. coli. The executives were acquitted on all charges. He represented Democratic fundraiser John Huang against campaign finance charges. Huang pleaded guilty in 1999. Other high-profile clients have included Eli Segal, Mary McCarthy, AIG, Office Depot, the House of Saud, IBM, and Medtronic.
Cobb joined the White House's internal legal team to manage matters related to the ongoing investigations into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, starting 31 July 2017. Cobb works within the White House, unlike other members of Trump's legal team. Cobb works closely with Donald McGahn but reports directly to President Trump.
Cobb said that he took the job with Trump because "it was an impossible task with a deadline." He elaborated further that he had "rocks in his head and steel balls." Cobb was recommended to Trump by John Dowd, a member of his private legal team.
Cobb said that there is no reason to believe that Trump is personally under investigation, and that "They’re in full cooperation mode and they’ve been directed to fully cooperate and get this over with as quickly as possible."
Cobb, who sports a handlebar mustache, is a distant relative of the famous early 20th century baseball player of the same name.