Mark E. Harris


Direct: (251) 441-9270
Fax: (251) 432-2800
P.O. Box 1988
Mobile, AL 36633

Attorney Assistant

Shelly Perrone
Phone : (251) 441-9283

Related Practices:

Business and Corporate

Employment, Labor and Workers’ Compensation

Health Care

Insurance Defense

Real Estate – Non-Litigation

Banking and Finance Law


Real Estate Litigation & Conveyance, Lien Priorities, Titles


J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 2014

M.B.A., University of Alabama Manderson Graduate School of Business, 2014

B.A., Philosophy, summa cum laude, University of Southern Mississippi, 2011

Mark Harris helps his clients in a wide variety of subject matters. He has a multitude of real estate experience, having closed on retail, industrial, and residential real estate throughout the United States and closed on numerous construction loans. He has negotiated commercial leases and high-dollar construction and supply contracts. He has also orchestrated Section 1031 exchanges of real property. Mark is responsible for organizing a broad range of limited liability companies.

Mark has represented clients in numerous insurance defense, contract, and lien actions. He has taken steps to enforce construction bonds, construction liens, and materialmen’s liens on many projects.

Representative Experience


Closed on more than $18 million in real estate in 14 states


Closed on a federally insured multi-family housing loan exceeding $33 million


Organized a wide variety of limited liability companies


Negotiated leases with a major retailer in excess of $1 million annually


Analyzed property, employment, contracts, and health care issues in a diverse variety of applications


Represented clients in insurance defense actions, contract actions, and lien matters

Honors and Awards


Alabama Law Review, Senior Editor


Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society


Dean’s Scholar, University of Alabama


Graduate Council Fellow, University of Alabama


Outstanding Philosophy Undergraduate Award, University of Southern Mississippi

Professional and Community Involvement


Mobile Bar Association


Saint Thomas More Legal Society


Law Clerk for The Hon. Katherine P. Nelson, U.S. Magistrate Judge, 2014-2016


Law Clerk for The Hon. Bert W. Milling, Jr., U.S. Magistrate Judge, 2016-2017


Law Clerk for The Hon. Benjamin H. Brooks III, Mobile County Circuit Judge, 2017



Alabama State Bar, 2014


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, 2017

What Our Clients are Saying

Brandy Walker

“My husband and I were referred to Johnstone Adams in the spring of last year. We are working very closely with Jessica Welch and Greg Watts on an ongoing and unwanted family estate matter. Ms. Welch and Mr. Watts have been so professional and knowledgeable.

In addition, considering the nature of the suit, Jessica has provided my husband and I with a peace of mind we didn"t think was possible during this extremely stressful time of our lives. She is an amazing trial attorney. They have gone above and beyond. To sum it up, I have nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for them. I would strongly reccomend either of them to my dearest friends and family members. I'm so thankful that we stumbled upon them. I'm actually going to miss Jessica Welch when this is all over.”

Andre Kistner

“I am currently using this law firm and they are informative, keeping me up to date with my case, and they return your calls/emails immediately. I am very satisfied.”

Stu Cookson

“My wife and I approached Johnstone Adams to help us make a better informed decision regarding her immigration. They have been a truly invaluable asset. They brought their knowledge, experience, confidence, and calm demeanor to the process, which put our minds at ease. The worry and anxiety that we were facing melted away, and we have been, literally, hand-held during this daunting process. We can’t thank or recommend Johnstone Adams enough and look forward to continuing to use their services in the future.”


Angela R.

“Johnstone Adams was a great help when it came to drawing up our family’s will and advanced directives prior to the birth of our first son. These are certainly things that no one wants to think about, but the process was easy. They were professional and knowledgeable, answering all of our questions along the way with compassion and sensitivity. Johnstone Adams responded quickly to any questions and was easy to get in touch with! We would highly recommend them for any legal work!!”

Alan C

“Jessica’s advice and assistance with our family's interests in a probate matter was exceptional from beginning to end-- always thoughtful, responsive and efficient, and focused and timely.

It was a genuine pleasure for the doubtless incorrigibly demanding old lawyer that I am to have a professional of her outstanding caliber assisting me on this matter—both generally and in my role as executor in particular—in a jurisdiction unfamiliar to me and on a matter completely outside of my own experience and expertise.

I might also point out that she was really excellent in interfacing, always in a timely and solution-oriented manner, with other parties involved in our matter to help keep our initiatives on track—including attorneys dealing with the disposition of residential real estate and financial assets.

Jessica and her excellent assistant, Shelly Perrone, also offered and provided pragmatic and efficient solutions to logistical and execution issues made significantly more challenging than usual given the COVID-19 crisis and my own location far from Mobile-- in Paris, France.”


“I highly recommend attorney Rick La Trace. Aside from being professional, polite, and yet firm, Rick is a combination of knowledge, detail, and responsiveness. (In my opinion, there are very few professionals who have ALL three qualities. Rick is one of the very few.) What makes him stand apart from the rest, is that he takes the time to listen to his client's concerns (no matter how "trivial"). He educates client’s on how the law works, shares his opinions, including the pros and cons of each. We would definitely use Rick's services again, and highly recommend him for anyone who wants a lawyer that they can trust to thoroughly handle their case from start to finish, even down to the small details. You can tell from working with Rick that he's not just about getting paid for his services, but that he enjoys working through problems and finding creative solutions for his clients. Also, I highly recommend the Johnstone Adams, LLC systems and processes. Shelly and Cathy were on top of things. I give Rick and Johnstone Adams more than five stars.”


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