Iris Jones

Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer

Profile

Iris Jones joined McNees in early 2015 and serves as its Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer.  She leads the firm’s business development and marketing team which delivers proactive service and high-level support to the firm and its attorneys.  Iris works closely with firm management and members to expand the firm’s business by strengthening relationships with existing clients.  She and her team provide analytical and strategic support for identifying and capturing new business and expanding existing relationships.  Skilled in designing solutions based on analytical needs assessment, Iris directs complex projects from concept to fully operational status.  Iris’s strengths are effective in team building, strategic planning and execution.  She is a highly capable project director/manager who has extensive experience in coaching, training and providing business development strategic support to all levels of stakeholders.

Iris serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee, Professional and Personal Development Committee (PPDC) and the 2026 Future’s Committee.

Jones is also a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), is Co-Chair of the LMA Diversity & Inclusion Task Force and has served as a panelist at LMA Annual conferences and LMA Chapter events on numerous occasions.

Prior to serving as Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer for other AM LAW 100 firms in DC and New York,  she practiced law in Texas for over 22 years in the public and private sectors handling numerous state and federal jury and bench trials and federal appeals.

Iris has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1978 with extensive litigation and appellate practice experience while serving as an Assistant Attorney General of Texas and Director of the City of Austin’s Law Department.

EDUCATION

Texas Southern University—Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas , J.D.

Bowling Green State University, Bachelor of Arts

HONORS/AWARDS

Selected Executive of the Year 2017 by the Legal Sales and Services Organization (LSSO)

Honored as one of 100 Most Prominent BGSU Alumni, Bowling Green State University, during the “Centennial Celebration 1910 – 2010”, April 2010

Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance (M.E.C.A.) Award (Asian American, African American, Hispanic Chambers) in recognition of her commitment to strengthening the communities of Austin, TX

International Municipal Lawyers Association, Local Government Fellow in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the field of local government law

President’s Award, Rotary Club International, Northeast Austin, TX, for outstanding service above and beyond

Inducted into the African American Women’s Hall of Fame, Austin, TX

MEMBERSHIPS

American Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Legal Sales and Services Organization (LSSO)

Legal Marketing Association, Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, 2017; Chair, 2016-2017

Bowling Green State University Alumni Board of Directors, Chair, 2016-2017

Cultural Enrichment Fund (CEF), Board of Directors, 2017-2020

World Jurist Association, Board of Governors, 2008-2015

International Municipal Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Past President

Rotary International, Past President, Austin Northeast, TX

Leadership Austin, 1987; Leadership Texas, 1991; Leadership America, 1993

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