Mark T. Jensen
Bowie & Jensen LLC
When Bowie & Jensen LLC partner Mark T. Jensen isn’t managing his Towson-based business law firm, he’s serving on the boards of the region’s biggest health care nonprofits and rolling up his sleeves at home, fostering at-risk infants.
Jensen said that he had visions of changing the world when he went to law school, and after graduating, he served on a Baltimore hospital board and became interested in health care governance. He’s now chairman of the board for the Maryland Hospital Association and on the board for MedStar Health System.
For the past five years, Jensen and his wife, Maria Pefinis, have opened their home as foster parents to about eight “medically-complex” infants, one of whom stayed with the couple for about 30 months and remains in contact with them.
“I’m never going to change the world, but if I’m lucky I can have some impact on some small corner of it,” he said.
Jensen said that his most significant accomplishment was starting a firm catering to small, privately held companies.
“Small, privately held companies make up the majority of economic activity in the U.S., but are largely ignored by top-level firms,” he said. “In fact, most law firms either pursue fortune 500 companies or do a mixture of personal injury, criminal, family law and business work.”
He said that he tells the young lawyers he mentors to enter law, “because you love it and want to help people and want to work with them.”
Jensen added, “When I told my grandmother I was going to be a lawyer, she asked if I could be an honest one. The [Leadership in Law] award is some evidence to my grandmother that I have sought to meet her goal.”