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Nicole Jobe, 39

Nicole JobePartner, Thompson Coburn

Location: St. Louis

Practice Areas: Health care

Law School: University of Tulsa

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has brought the phrase “essential worker” into the American vocabulary. People like Thompson Coburn’s Nicole Jobe have come to play essential roles as well.

“Nicole has helped health care providers navigate the complicated regulatory and liability questions connected to the millions of dollars in relief funds provided by the CARES Act,” her nominator wrote. “Nicole has spent countless hours in discussion with clients and representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to determine the best course of action for clients.”

Jobe’s career highlights include playing a major part in setting up a complex joint venture of 11 health care systems in North Carolina. She also regularly provides operations advice to provider networks, structures arrangements between providers and payers, and has become a leader in health plan licensure, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed-care compliance issues.

Formerly an in-house attorney for a regional skilled nursing and assisted living facility operator, Jobe joined her current firm in 2013. A founding member of the Ranken Jordan Young Professionals Board, she also was recognized as a YWCA Leader in the Workplace in 2017.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It doesn’t make you look uninformed. It shows that you’re thinking.

What inspired you to get involved in the legal profession?

I wanted to be a nonprofit lawyer and help minors in foster care or juvenile centers. But I ended up being a corporate health care attorney.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

I thought I wanted to go to med school until I took physics.