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Jonathan D. Block

Leader, Retail Practice Group


Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
  • cum laude
  • Wayne Law Review, Member, 1996-1998
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • Political Science
  • with honors
London School of Economics and Political Science

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

International Council of Shopping Centers

  • Metro Detroit Next Generation Chapter, Planning Committee, Co-chair 

American Bar Association

  • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section

State Bar of Michigan

  • Real Property Law Section
  • Commercial Real Estate Development and Ownership Committee
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Jonathan Block has an international real estate practice with clients located throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel, engaging in transactions from coast to coast. For almost 20 years, he has represented a wide range of real estate owners, operators, and users in various real estate and other business transactions. His clients include shopping center, student housing, industrial, and office building owners, investors, and operators, including publicly traded real estate investment trusts, as well as a number of privately owned real estate firms in the U.S. His clients also include residential real estate developers.

Jonathan represents clients in acquisitions, dispositions, and financings; construction and development; joint ventures; leasing for both landlords and tenants; and loan workouts and restructurings with lenders, servicers, and special servicers.

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Seminars & Events


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2018
    • Recognized in practice area of Real Estate Law
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2015-2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2017
    • Recognized as a Rising Star, 2008-2012
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Real Estate Law: Commercial
      • Real Estate Law: Finance

Academic Appointments

  • Approved Continuing Education Instructor, State of Michigan