Lisa Harris Jones
Founding Member/Attorney at Law
Although active in a variety of areas of the law, Lisa Harris Jones concentrates her practice in lobbying, government relations and procurement. She has represented municipalities, related quasi-public agencies and both publicly held and private enterprises, encompassing small and large business entities.
In 2000, Harris Jones founded Harris Jones & Malone, LLC. Now, 19 years later, she remains the first and only African American woman in the State of Maryland to own and manage a law practice with a focus in lobbying, government relations, procurement, labor negotiations, criminal defense, and administrative trial board representation at both the state and local levels. HJM proudly serves municipalities and related quasi-public agencies, non-profits, and small and large business enterprises, both publicly and privately held. Currently, HJM represents clients on issues concerning, but not limited to construction, energy, water, retail sales, education, transportation, public safety, healthcare, gaming, real estate, telecommunications, procurement, liquor licensing, corporate law, state funding for public and private development projects, taxation, labor, insurance, public interest, election, and environmental law.
Due to her hard work and tireless advocacy, Harris Jones is widely regarded as a lobbyist with the ability to effect real change in the legislative process, regardless of the size of her client or the perceived power of her opponent. As a result of her successful track record, her clients have enabled her to become the first African American to be consistently ranked in the top five earning lobbyists in Maryland following the conclusion of each legislative session since 2009.
Harris Jones has worked on high profile matters such as the repeal of Maryland’s Death Penalty, the enactment of the Civil Marriage Protection Act, and in 2019, the Community Safety and Strengthening Act which authorizes Johns Hopkins University to establish a university police department.
Among her many legislative accomplishments, Harris Jones lobbied successfully for the passage of a priority lien bill on behalf of the Community Associations Institute Maryland Legislative Action Committee (CAI), an organization representing common ownership communities. For many years, CAI had battled with financial institutions over this critical legislation. In only her second legislative session representing CAI, Harris Jones was able to facilitate an agreement and secure the votes needed to pass the bill. This law allows condominium associations to recover up to four months of association fees at the time of a foreclosure sale. Hard hit by the downturn in the housing market, association fees are vital to the financial stability of all common ownership communities.
Harris Jones is a Member of the Board of Trustees/Directors of three publicly traded companies: Industrial Logistics Properties Trust, Senior Housing Properties Trust, and TravelCenters of America, LLC. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Everyman Theatre and The Odyssey School. Harris Jones is Member of the City of Baltimore MBE/WBE Certification Appeals Board. Recently, Savoy Magazine recognized Harris Jones as one of the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors, an international honor. In 2019 Harris Jones received the Current Leader Award from the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Inc. In 2016, Harris Jones received the Friend of Dyslexia Award for Outstanding Dyslexia Advocacy and also received the Maryland Government Relations Association’s Community Service Award. Since 2000, Harris Jones has earned the following honors: YWCA Greater Baltimore’s Special Leader Award, The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award, The Baltimore Sun’s 50 Women to Watch in 2013, The Daily Records Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2005 and 2009, The Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 under 40, The Baltimore Times’ Top 25 Young Leaders to Watch, and the Maryland Coalition for Responsive Government’s 21st Century Woman distinction.
Harris Jones was an associate with the law firm of Shapiro and Olander (1993-1997) and Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC (1997-1999). Harris Jones founded Harris Jones & Malone, LLC in 2000. Since 2000 through the present date, she has served as Managing Member of HJM.
Admitted to Practice:
State of Maryland
American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC (J.D., 1993)
University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1990)
In 2019 Harris Jones received the Current Leader Award from the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Inc. In 2016 she received the Maryland Government Relations Association’s Community Service Award. Harris Jones is honored to have won the Friend of Dyslexia Award for Outstanding Dyslexia Advocacy in 2016 and the YWCA Greater Baltimore’s Special Leader Award in 2012. In 2009, she received The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award. She has also been named one of 50 Women to Watch in 2013 by The Baltimore Sun, one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2005 and 2009 by The Daily Record, 40 under 40 by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2001, the Top 25 Young Leaders to Watch by the Baltimore Times in 2002, and honored as a 21st Century Woman by the Maryland Coalition for Responsive Government in 2000. Recently, Harris Jones was recognized as one of the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors by Savoy Magazine. Harris Jones was the recipient of Maryland’s Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises in 2006 and 2008 by The Daily Record and the Maryland Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and the recipient of Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2010 Bridging the Gap Achievement Award.
Past and Present Community Service:
Member, Board of Directors to Everyman Theatre; Member, Board of Directors to The Family Tree; Member, Board of Trustees to The Odyssey School; Member, Mayor’s Advisory Council on Minority and Women-Owned Business; Co-Chair, 2012 Journey Home Benefit Committee to raise funds for Baltimore City’s 10-year plan to end homelessness; Commissioner, Baltimore City Wage Commission; Member, City of Baltimore MBE/WBE Certification Appeals Board; Secretary, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Maryland Affiliate; President, Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Inc.; Board Member, Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development; Co-Chair, College Bound Mid – Summer Fest; Member, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter; Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Board Member, Hampden Family Center; Board Member, First Tee of Baltimore, Inc.; and Member, Maryland Coalition of Women for Responsive Government, Inc. 21st Century Woman II.
Past and Present Professional Memberships:
Member, Board of Directors of TravelCenters of America, LLC; Member, Board of Trustees of Senior Housing Properties Trust, Member; Board of Trustees of Industrial Logistics Properties Trust; National Bar Association; Monumental Bar Association; American Bar Association; Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee; and Maryland Government Relations Association.
Recipient: American University Washington College of Law, Deans Fellowship for Research in Domestic and International Banking, 1991-1992; Women’s Law Association, Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin Scholarship, 1992; and Author: “The Civil Rights Act of 1991, The Compromise on Civil Rights,” American University Black Letter Law Journal (Spring 1992).