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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


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Jonathan Block has a real estate practice with clients located throughout the United States. For over 22 years, Jonathan has engaged in transactions from coast to coast representing a wide range of real estate owners, operators and users in various real estate and other business transactions. His clients include shopping center, 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.

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

In addition to his client work, Jonathan serves as the Chairperson of the Real Estate Department’s Retail Practice Group. He is also involved in the Leasing and Cannabis practice groups.



  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2022
    • Recognized in practice area of Real Estate Law
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2015-2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2017-2018
    • Recognized as a Rising Star, 2008-2012
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Real Estate Law: Commercial
      • Real Estate Law: Finance

Professional & Community Involvement

  • 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

Academic Appointments

  • Approved Continuing Education Instructor, State of Michigan

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