The Willard Office Building

1455 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Suite 400

Washington, D.C. 20004


P  202 638 5090



Princeton Theological Seminary, M. Div., Social Ethics and Public Policy Concentration (1998)


Morehouse College, B.A., Religion and Society (1995) 





American Heart Association, Greater Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Board, Member 


Miles College Board of Trustees, Member


Morehouse College Board of Trustees, Member 


National Action Network Board of Directors, Member  


National Urban League Board of Trustees, Member 


PGA REACH Board of Trustees, Member 


Rainbow PUSH Board of Directors, Member 


The Crisis Publishing Company Board of Directors, Member

Judicial Accountability Political Action Committee, Member


Lamell McMorris is the founder and CEO of the Washington, DC-based company Phase 2 Consulting. For Mr. McMorris, in life, the first phase is the pursuit of success; in the second phase, it’s the pursuit of significance. Phase 2 Consulting is the evolution of Perennial Strategy Group, a prominent strategic advisory firm Mr. McMorris founded and led for fifteen years. In Phase 2, with the mission to help successful clients navigate their enterprises into greater good, Mr. McMorris offers strategic insight and external affairs services to some of the nation’s leading decision-makers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Additionally, he manages an in-house team of experienced government and public relations professionals and lawyers, offering a multitude of services to clients in a wide range of disciplines and specialty areas.


Mr. McMorris’s unparalleled expertise in government and community affairs, strategic consulting, political campaigns, policy-making, grassroots advocacy, and broad-based coalition building has earned him acclaim inside the beltway and around the nation. Under his stewardship, Phase 2 Consulting has developed deep and sustained relationships with influential leaders across a wide range of constituencies. In serving its clients, the firm draws on expansive relationships with federal elected officials, federal agencies, state and local governments, and local and national nonprofits. Mr. McMorris utilizes his experience in government relations, public affairs, crisis management, and corporate social responsibility to design strategic events, engagement strategies, advocacy campaigns, and results-driven initiatives for Phase 2’s clients.


He is also the founding principal of Greenlining Realty USA, a development corporation headquartered in Chicago in his childhood neighborhood of West Woodlawn, dedicated to reversing the historic effect of redlining in low-income communities through developing affordable housing and vibrant commercial corridors.  Additionally, Mr. McMorris is a non-lawyer partner of LaFlam, LLP, a Washington, DC-based firm he co-founded in 2018 in part to expand legal services as part of Phase 2 Consulting’s portfolio of offerings.  In this role, he collaborates with the firm’s attorneys to drive growth and expand opportunities.

In recent years, through Perennial Sports, Mr. McMorris led a premier, full-service sports agency representing NFL and NBA players and personalities.  Collectively, its agents signed multiple first-round picks and negotiated several multi-million-dollar contracts.  And, at the helm of its sister company, Perennial Law Group, Mr. McMorris served as the lead negotiator for the Major League Baseball Umpires Union and the National Basketball Association's Referees Union, where he played a key role in shaping collective bargaining agreements between the officials and their respective leagues. 


Mr. McMorris is an active and effective fundraiser, and, drawing on his wide network of prominent athletes, entertainers, and activists, has driven his companies to raise significant financial contributions for charitable causes across the nation.  Feature pieces about Mr. McMorris and Perennial have appeared in The New York Times, on ESPN, and in Referee: The Magazine for Sports Officials.


As a lifelong advocate of civil, economic, and human rights, Mr. McMorris serves as a member of numerous nonprofit and college boards, and volunteers his time with several youth-focused and mentoring organizations.  He is frequently recognized for his entrepreneurial leadership and pragmatic, high-impact approach to effective advocacy, and he is often invited to speak at a wide range of conferences and events.  Mr. McMorris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Society from Morehouse College and a Master of Divinity in Social Ethics and Public Policy from Princeton Theological Seminary. 


• LaFlam LLP, Non-lawyer Partner, est. 2018

• Greenlining Realty USA, Founding Principal, est. 2016

• Perennial Sports & Perennial Law Group, Founder and CEO, est. 2004

• Perennial Strategy Group, Founder CEO, est. 2002

• Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Executive Director and COO, 2001

• Redeem the Dream March on Washington, DC, National Coordinator, 2000

• Chicago Urban League, Youth Development Initiative, Director, 1998


• Lyft Chicago City Works Council, Member

• Cook County Complete Count Census Commission, Commissioner

• American Red Cross, National Diversity Advisory Council, Chairman Emeritus

• American Heart Association, Greater Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale Board, Member

• Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Member

• Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Life Member

• Morehouse College National Alumni Association, Member

• Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee, Member

• U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Member

• Washington Government Relations Group, Member

• Washington Board of Trade, Member


• Pete for America 2020 Presidential Campaign, National Co-Chair

• PGA REACH Board of Trustees, Member

• Morehouse College Board of Trustees, Member

• Miles College Board of Trustees, Member

• National Urban League Board of Trustees, Member

• National Action Network Board of Directors, Member

• Rainbow PUSH Board of Directors, Member

• Foundation for Progress in Journalism, Member of the Board

• The Crisis Publishing Company Board of Directors, Member

• Life Pieces to Masterpieces Board of Trustees, Member

• NAACP, Diamond Life Member

• NAACP National Board of Directors, Former Member

• Elmhurst College Board of Trustees, Former Member


• National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, President’s Circle Leadership Award, 2018

• DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Making a Difference Award, 2017

• Saint Augustine’s University, Honorary Doctorate, 2017

• Aqua Foundation for Women, Aqua Ally Award, 2017

• Washington Government Relations Group, President’s Award for Career Achievement, 2013

• National Action Network, Keepers of the Dream Entrepreneurial Award, 2011

• Morehouse College, Homecoming Crown Forum, Keynote Speaker, 2011

• Children’s National Medical Center, Serving the Nation’s Children Award, 2011

• Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Event Keynote Speaker, 2008