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Block, Gryboski Named Lawyers of the Year for Atlanta


Atlanta (August 18, 2022) The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 Edition – a national legal ranking publication – has named two Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP partners “Lawyer of the Year” for Atlanta.

  • Mark Block earned the designation for Real Estate Law.
  • Tom Gryboski earned the title for Leisure & Hospitality Law.

“These recognitions reflect the firm’s prominence in real estate and hospitality,” said Managing Partner Simon Malko. “Both practices are growing rapidly and doing excellent work.”

“This award is particularly impressive as it is presented to only one individual in a given geographical region and practice area each edition,” Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer wrote in the correspondence notifying the firm of the honors.

Block worked for MMM early in his career, left, then returned as a partner in the Real Estate Development & Finance and Real Estate Capital Markets practices in 2018. His national and international client base includes real estate investment trusts (REITs) and development companies as well as companies that acquire and manage office and industrial properties. He is particularly well-known for his dealmaking skills, particularly in acquisitions and sales, joint venture agreements and refinancings. In addition to being highly-ranked several years in a row by Best Lawyers, the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2022 ranked the Real Estate practice Tier 1 nationally and Tier 1 for both Georgia and Washington D.C. Chambers USA Best Lawyers for Business 2022 ranked Block and the Real Estate team regionally for Georgia.

Gryboski represents and counsels clients in complex real estate and hospitality transactions. His clients include private equity sponsors and funds, real estate entrepreneurs and hotel operating companies. He often represents hospitality owners, operators and developers nationally in raising capital and selling, buying, developing, financing and managing hotels and resorts. He has significant experience in hotel management company mergers and acquisitions, and debt and corporate level restructurings. He is consistently recognized as a leading business, real estate and hospitality lawyer. In addition to strong rankings in Best Lawyers and best Law Firms, Chambers USA 2022 ranked Gryboski and MMM’s Hospitality practice among the top in the country. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2022 gave the Hospitality team strong regional rankings for both Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

Previous MMM Lawyers of the Year for Atlanta, their year and legal specialties include:

  • Jason Watson – 2022, Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization
  • Michele Madison – 2021, Health Care
  • Carl Westmoreland – 2020 and 2010, Land Use & Zoning
  • Gerald Pouncey – 2017, Environmental

This is the first time that Best Lawyers has chosen two Lawyers of the Year from MMM for the same time period.

About Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Morris, Manning & Martin ( is an Am Law 200 law firm with national and international reach. We dedicate ourselves to the constant pursuit of our clients’ success. To provide our clients with optimal value, we combine market-leading legal services with a total understanding of their needs to maximize effectiveness, efficiency and opportunity. MMM enjoys national prominence for its real estate, corporate, litigation, technology, healthcare, intellectual property, capital markets, environmental, international trade, and insurance practices. A Mansfield 4.0-certified firm, MMM has offices in Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Savannah and Washington, D.C.

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