Iris Jones joined McNees in early 2015 as the Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer. Reporting to the Chairman, Jones leads the firm’s business development and marketing team in delivering proactive strategy, service and high-level support to the firm and its attorneys. Jones 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 business development 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. Jones’ 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 Development & Education Committee (PDEC) and the Future’s Committee.
Jones is also a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), was Co-Chair of the first LMA Diversity & Inclusion Task Force and served as Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion SIG; and has served as a panelist at numerous LMA Annual conferences and LMA Regional Chapter events.
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 in both the public and private sectors.
Iris gained 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.
Texas Southern University—Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas , J.D.
Bowling Green State University, Bachelor of Arts
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
American Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
Elected as a Fellow to the College of Law Practice a Management – May 2020
Elected to the Bowling Green State University Foundation Board of Directors – July 2020
Served on LMA Northeast Regional Nominating Committee – August 2020
Legal Marketing Association, Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion SIG, 2018
Legal Sales and Services Organization (LSSO)
Bowling Green State University Alumni Board of Directors, Chair, 2016-2017; Immediate Past-Chair, 2017-2018
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