In looking at African-American women emerging as leaders to the national forefront,

Entertainment Attorney Jalene M. Mack will not be overlooked. Jalene is not only an

entertainment attorney but has successfully integrated the demanding roles of wife,

mother, actress, playwright, producer, writer and founder of a performing and visual arts

nonprofit by keeping the focus on her long-term goal “to make an impact on the

entertainment industry.”

Born on January 10 th in Kansas City, Missouri, Jalene was raised from the age of seven in

the City of New Orleans where her sense of “involvement and participation” was

established and nurtured through collective community celebration of culture and the arts.

Educated through the Catholic school system and immersed in dance and theater from

childhood, Jalene developed a deep-rooted passion for the arts with an emphasis on

education early in life.

The Mother & Wife

Super-dynamic and energetic since relocating to Houston in 1990, you have to wear

running shoes to keep pace with Jalene who starts her day early to have coffee with her

husband Architect, Jermayn Mack, and to tend to their busy athletes, 18 year-old

daughter Sydney Elise a beast of a soccer player, and 11 year-old son Justin Jermayn a

national track runner, basketball player and little league football player.

The Attorney

Destined to be either a political reporter or a politician as she struggled with the thought,

Jalene majored in Political Science and minored in Mass Communications receiving her

Bachelor of Art’s Degree from Xavier University of New Orleans in 1990. Still a

constant desire for a career in the arts, she received her Juris Doctorate from Thurgood

Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in May, 1993 and was admitted to

the bar thereafter.

Bridging her passion for the entertainment industry and sustaining a living, she opened

her own practice in 1998, The Law Office of Jalene M. Mack, and among other matters

has provided clients with competent service, affordable fees and quick response in the

areas of Entertainment Law regarding film, television, theater, music, books

Trademark/Copyright registration and small business as her primary and current practice

areas ever since.

Her present and/or former clientele list reads like an all-star line-up: Comedic

Entertainer, Best Selling Author, Talk/Game Show Host and Fashion Mogul Steve

Harvey; Powerhouse Manager/Producer Rushion McDonald; Oxygen’s Billy Sorrells,

Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson; Comedian/Actor Thomas Miles aka Nephew Tommy;

Gospel Sensation Kim Burrell, WEtv’s Jolanda Jones, Actress/Author Robin Givens;

Grammy Winner/Former Destiny’s Child member LaToya Luckett, Actress Vivica A.

Fox; TNT Sports Commentator/ Houston Rockets’ Star Guard Kenny Smith; WNBA

Comets Two-Time Champion Forward Yolanda Moore; Host of Soul Train/Comedian

Mystro Clark; Comedians Kiana Dancie, Shawty Shawty, Billy D. Washington, Shawn

Harris; Football Great Broderick Thomas, Tennessee Titan Steve Jackson; SWV’s

Tamara Taj George, Actor Carl Anthony Payne, Filmmakers Greg Carter and Datari

Turner; Dr. Phil/The Doctors Show Experts Debra & Brandon Knauss; TV Executive

Kathy Sapp and a host of others.

Although Mack is mainly an Entertainment Attorney today, she has built a solid career

record and an outstanding professional reputation through Booker T. Morris, III &

Associates, P.C., Associate Attorney; Chicago Title Insurance Co., Attorney Escrow

Officer; Gulf Coast Legal Foundation n/k/a Lone Star Legal Foundation, Law Clerk; and

acquired ample experience as an intern with the Department of Justice, U.S. Trustee’s

Office and Former New Orleans Mayor now Urban League National President, Attorney

Marc H. Morial.

The Actress, Playwright & Producer

If you miss Jalene in the courtroom, you may catch her on a stage, TV or in a movie. In

the midst of an almost 25 year law career, Jalene has been able to merge her many other

talents. Jalene’s most recent and notable acting projects to date include roles in AMC’s

Better Call Saul, Nexus Films’ My B.F.F., Fortress Production Group’s Lucky Girl,

Warner Brother’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wayne Slaten’s Osprey,

Weinstein Company’s Hurricane Season, Maverick Entertainment’s A Gangland Love

Story, KNWS Channel 51’s As for Me & My House, Warner Brothers DVD release of

Mike Jones: The American Dream, WB’s film Treasure in Tha Hood, The Madam’s

Family: The Truth About Canal Street Brothel, The Great Divide currently running on

Centric and Netflix; and as Jasmine in her 1 st self-written/produced play, Off Hollywood:

The Play, both performances earned her a standing ovation. She has starred in ten theater

productions in all including the long-running national touring play, There’s One in Every

Family starring Shirley Murdock. Let’s not forget the role that made her a Houston

spokesperson icon, The Fiesta Mart Lady.

The Writer

In all of Jalene’s busyness, she has managed to also pen a book. With all the hats she

wears particularly as an entertainment attorney and a producing playwright, it is no

surprise that her industry peers often times call upon her for how-to advice. Most often

the questions are routinely the same: “How do I copyright?” or “How do I set up my

production company?” These questions are really the same for most genres of

entertainment so the answers to the questions are just as beneficial to those in music, film

or television as well and the book reflects such. The working title of this industry quick

reference guide is “From Script to Screen & the in Between–A Helpful Guide for Actors,

Playwrights and Filmmakers” and is expected to be released later this year.

Public Speaker & Radio Host

When not co-hosting the Tuesday drive time hour on KYND 1520 AM’s Dr. D. Ivan

Young –The Reality Check Doctor giving legal advice and a woman’s perspective on

varying topics, she is pulling from her own life experiences and turning her passion for

the arts into a business. Jalene has a gift to enlighten, encourage and energize children

and young adults with her positive messages centered around being phenomenal, building

relationships, knowing your power, and living outside the box. She is constantly sought

after as a guest speaker for schools, churches, entertainment and CLE conferences, and

other organizations to offer words of legal and business advice or deliver positive and

impactful messages of empowerment.

The Founder, Executive Director/Artistic Director

Aside from all of her accomplishments, one of her proudest is Mack Performing Arts

Collective, Inc. (MPAC) a 501 (C) 3 non-profit corporation founded by her January 24,

2011. Realizing she had invaluable knowledge as a business woman, entertainment

lawyer, playwright, producer and actress, having a circle of high profile clients, industry

colleagues and contacts ranging from all facets of performing arts, and having resources

most often times out of reach of others were right at her fingertips, this was the

opportunity to give back to her community, expand the growth of the performing arts

industry, and make dreams come true. MPAC prides itself on procuring Hollywood

celebrities to give back by teaching free to low costs education workshops to children and

young artists in the areas of acting, film & video production, stand-up comedy, and

playwriting. Joey Wells, Kim Fields, Faizon Love, Ella Joyce, Roland Martin, Kym

Whitley, Sherri Shepherd, Golden Brooks, Malik Yoba, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Gary

Owen and Guy Torry are past celebrity guest instructors. MPAC also provides business

panel discussions on television and film led by industry experts, comedy showcases and

stand-up comedy series, and productions including a jazz show and theater. MPAC’s

mission: “Cultivating the interest of Performing Arts by exposing, educating and

entertaining our youth and young adults.” Jalene is one of the visionaries behind

Entertainment MPAC along with her co-visionaries Emmy Award-winning Producer of

the Steve Harvey Talk Show Rushion McDonald and Powerhouse Attorney Ricky

Anderson. The tour is an Entertainment Empowerment of career changing speakers who

empower, motivate and inspire success in the show business.

Other Community Involvement

Over the years, Jalene has been involved in various capacities with Jack Yates High

School-Communications Academy Board of Advisor Member, Houston Community

College Advisory Board Member for the Commercial Music Department, Xavier

University Houston Alumni Chapter, Miles of Giving Board of Advisors, The Fort Bend

Church, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Houston Suburban-Ft. Bend Alumnae Chapter,

Houston Lawyers Association, The National Bar Association, Black Entertainment &

Sports Lawyers Association, Community Music Center of Houston, organizing political

fund raisers, campaign volunteer, conducting legal seminars on estate planning,

cosmetology, and teen child support/paternity, motivational and career guest speaker at

schools and churches, moderator for youth summits, former Radio Talk Show Co-Host

for KPVU FM and Gospel Station 1590 AM, Houston Style Magazine’s Legal

Columnist, Entertainment Facilitator for The Original Houston Crawfish Festival, The

Original Beaumont Crawfish Festival, Louisiana/Texas Zydeco Extravaganza and

Clipper’s Crawfish Festival; and brand developer for the novels, “Pecan Candy and

Huck-a- Bucks”, “Sweeter Than Candy” and “Three Times Sweeter: Home, Family and

Love” by Rhodesia Jackson.

Awards & Recognitions

For her work with the youth, contributions to Performing Arts, Law and the community,

she has been honored with the Lloyd Family Foundation Humanitarian Award, WABC

Inner City Visions, Inc. Women’s Guild Audrey H. Lawson I.M.P.A.C.T. Award, I-10

Media Top Houston Forty Over Forty People to Watch Award, I-10 Media Entertainment

Trailblazer Award, More Than a Rib Nonprofit’s Diamond & Pearls Award, Houston Sun

Newspaper’s 30 Points of Light: Women of Power & Purpose Award,

Business Journal’s Top 50 Black Attorneys Community Hero Award, Honey Brown

Hope Foundation Women Improving the Nation Award (W.I.N.), Certificates of

Recognition from Houston City Councilman Larry Green and Texas State Representative

Ronald Reynolds, a Certificate of Congressional Recognition bestowed upon her by

Congresswoman Shelia Jackson-Lee of the 18 th U.S. Congressional District.