• James R. Jones

    ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC
    Partner, Government and Regulatory Policy
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    Georgetown University Law Center, LL.B., 1964.


    University of Oklahoma, B.A., 1961.

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    Washington, D.C.

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    MJGS Web LogoAmbassador James Jones' practice focuses on international trade, investment and commerce, business-government relations and financial services. He has worked extensively with businesses seeking to enter or already operating in Mexico, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. He is a former United States Ambassador to Mexico and member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Ambassador Jones' consulting work currently focuses on business development and government relations for clients in Mexico and Latin America. He has provided strategic advice to a multinational automobile manufacturer based in Asia and helped facilitate its entry into the Mexican market. Ambassador Jones has worked with major energy firms in Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador and Lithuania. He counseled a U.S. insurance company in its purchase of a privatized Mexican company as well as a U.S.–Mexico joint venture to build a water-treatment project in Mexico. Ambassador Jones assisted a U.S.-based resort developer in establishing projects in Mexico and Latin America, and assisted a Class I U.S. railroad with investments in Mexico and Panama. Since founding ManattJones, he has assisted a wide range of U.S. businesses with a variety of commercial ventures.

    Ambassador Jones participated in the negotiation, passage, and implementation of NAFTA. He also helped formulate the United States government's rescue package for Mexico during the 1994 peso crisis, which prevented bankruptcy of the Mexican government. Ambassador Jones' previous business experience includes his service as Chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) in New York. During his tenure at AMEX, listings, revenues and market share increased. He was also President of Warnaco International in New York.

    Ambassador Jones' public service career began at the White House at age 25. At age 28, he became President Lyndon Johnson's final Appointments Secretary/Chief of Staff.

    He was also a member of Congress for 14 years, where he was Chairman of the Budget Committee and a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee.

    Representative Matters

    Honors & Awards

    The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2016.

    Washington, D.C’s Top Lawyers, 2009.

    Distinguished Alumni Award, Oklahoma University, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications, 2009.

    Distinguished Alumni Award, Georgetown University.

    Aztec Eagle Award, highest honor the Mexican government can bestow on a non-Mexican, 1997.

    Oklahoma Hall of Fame, inducted 1997.

    Prime Minister’s International Trade Award from Prime Minister of Japan, 1991.

    American Heritage Award from Anti-Defamation League, 1990.

    Honorary Doctor of Laws from Lafayette College, 1996.

    Honorary Doctor of Laws from Syracuse University, 1995.

    Ten Outstanding Young Men of America, U.S. Jaycees, 1968.


    Co-author, “EPA’s actions put US commitment to rule of law under scrutiny,” The Hill, April 20, 2016.

    Co-author, "Torture Report Will Help Repair Relations With Foreign Partners," The Hill, December 16, 2014.

    Author, “Bringing Transparency to Detainee Treatment,” The Washington Times, April 10, 2014.

    Memberships & Activities

    Heartland Energy Partners Appoints Former Ambassador and Congressman James Robert Jones to Advisory Board 08/15/2013.

    Council Member, Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2012-present. 

    Director, Drug Strategies 2010 – Present.

    Director, National Crime Prevention Council, 2009-2010.

    Vice Chairman of Homeland Security Southwest Border Task Force, 2009-present.

    Director, Anheuser-Busch, 1997 to 2008.

    Director, Kansas City Southern Railway, 1997 to 2010.

    Director, Grupo Modelo, 1997 to 2009.

    Director, San Luis Corporation, 1999 to present.

    Chairman (nonexecutive) of GlobeRanger Corporation, a software logistics company, 1999 to present.

    Chairman of Meridian International in Washington, D.C., 2001 to 2010.

    Director, Kaiser Family Foundation, 1997 to 2008.

    Chairman, U.S.-Mexico Business Commission, 1997 to 2008.

    Director, Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget 1997-Present.

    Director, Institute For Representative Government 2005-Present.

    Director, American Academy of Diplomacy 2004-Present.

    National Chairman, World Affairs Councils of America, 2003 to 2008.

    Director, Keyspan Energy Corporation, 1998 to 2007.

    Chairman of the International Business Council of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, 2000-2003.

    Director, American Red Cross, 1997-2003.

    Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Oklahoma.

    Member, the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association.

    Speaking Engagements

    Panelist, “A Path to Equality: The Impact of the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s,” Washington D.C., November 7, 2013.

    Panelist, “Border Bilateral Issues,” Bloomberg Mexico Conference, New York, NY, July 9, 2013.

    Speaker, Council on Foreign Relations Washington Meeting, Washington, D.C., December 4, 2012.

    Speaker, PROCAB Lobbying Forum, Mexico City, Mexico, September 5, 2012.

    Speaker, "Public Affairs in Mexico: Recent Elections and Beyond," Public Affairs Council, Washington, D.C., July 11, 2012.

    Panelist, "The Latin American Decade: Taking Advantage of Opportunities," AACCLA Mid-Year Term Meeting: Business Future of the Americas Conference 2012, Mexico City, Mexico, May 14, 2012.

    Moderator, “NAFTA Zone,” The Business Council, Washington, D.C., May 11, 2012.

    Panelist, “At a Crossroads: Mexico’s Pivotal Election,” International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Washington, D.C., March 12, 2012.

    Speaker, “Public Affairs in Mexico,” Public Affairs Council Webinar, July 28, 2011.

    Speaker, “Going Global Overnight – Part II: Building Sustainable Investment in Emerging Markets,” BIO International Convention, Washington, D.C., June 28, 2011.

    Testify at Hearing entitled, “The Colombia and Panama Free Trade Agreement: National Security and Foreign Policy Priorities,” before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, March, 2011.

    Speaker, Annual Border Security Expo 2011, Phoenix, AZ, March, 2011.

    Panelist, “Protecting Our Borders,” National Journal Policy Summit, Washington, D.C., March 28, 2011.

    Interview, “Prime Minister Calderon's official visit to the US,” BBC World News TV with George Alagiah, London, May 19, 2010.

    Speaker, Annual Border Security Expo 2010, Phoenix, AZ, April 28, 2010.

    Speaker, “Josh Lee Lecture,” University of Oklahoma Political Communication Center, March 25, 2010.

    Speaker, “Red Ink Rising,” Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform, 2009.

    Speaker, Ambassador’s Series for Springfield, Illinois Public Broadcasting, 2009.

    Speaker, Annual Lecture on Diversity and Humanity, Rogers State University, 2009.

    Keynote Speaker, GLTE Conference on Climate Change and Environment, 2009.

    Keynote Speaker, HSBC Latin America Economic Conference, 2009.

    Speaker, Chicago Council on Foreign Relations on North American Economy, 2009.