Marshall Freeman Harris is a senior policy advisor in Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., office. A member of the Legislative & Public Policy Group, he advises clients on business development, international policy and related matters, and specializes in assisting foreign governments with issues before the U.S. Administration and Congress.
Since 1999, Mr. Harris has served as foreign policy advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. His experience also includes eight years as a U.S. State Department official in the Executive Secretariat and European Bureau and as special assistant in the Office of Secretary of State James Baker. He also served in Britain, Bulgaria and Macedonia and received Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, shared in four Group Superior Honor Awards, and won the American Foreign Service Association’s award for creative dissent. More recently, he served as advisor to Congressman Frank McCloskey; co-founder of the Action Council for Peace in the Balkans and the Balkan Institute; vice president and senior scholar at Freedom House; partner in the Washington International Group; and principal in the Verner Liipfert law firm.
Mr. Harris is a graduate of Tulane (J.D.) and William and Mary (A.B.). He also studied at Syracuse University.
- Advisor to more than a dozen sovereign nations.
- Advisor to Montenegro and Kosova during their successful campaigns for international recognition of their independent statehood.
- Advisor to the Bosnian government during the Dayton peace talks and to the Kosovar Albanian delegation at the Rambouillet peace talks.
- Named an honorary citizen of Kosova in 2004.
- Co-author of Making Justice Work and many articles and op-ed columns.
- Member of the board of advisors of the College of William and Mary's Thomas Jefferson Public Policy Program
- Member of the board of advisors of the John Whitehead School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University
- Member of the Public International Law and Policy Group
- Former trustee of Graceland University and member of the board of directors of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy