Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP > Raleigh-Durham, United States > Firm Profile

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
4131 Parklake Avenue Suite 340
Raleigh, NC 27612
United States

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP‘s employment practice is closely integrated with the corporate team, ensuring a steady flow of transactional work, in which the group advises on the labour law aspects. Its clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and governmental entities. The Atlanta-based team is led by Edmund Emerson, while Ellenor Stone covers work from private equity firms to executive recruitment, and Meredith Caiafa works with emerging companies.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Emerson

Other key lawyers:


‘Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP have been a tremendous asset to our company. The staff has been excellent at answering our questions and giving us the pertinent advice and direction that we need.’

‘Meredith Caiafa has been wonderful. She responds to our communications in a timely manner and fits us in on short notice to answer questions and offer guidance. She makes my life easier and sets my mind at ease that we are doing things properly.’

Key clients

K1 Investment Management, LLC

Greater Sum Ventures

Routematch Software

Syntellis, Inc. Executive Team

Aptos Management Team

Sealy & Company

Digital Insurance, LLC

Trellis Rx, LLC

SPC International


Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP is skilled in real estate capital markets transactions and has strong experience operating in the REITs space. Overseen by Lauren Prevost, the group handles private and public equity offerings, UPREIT transactions and restructuring matters across several asset classes including healthcare, hotels, and student housing. Seth Weiner is the name for corporate finance matters and has expertise in federal securities law compliance, whilst Aresh Homayoun in Washington, DC handles federal taxation issues for REITs. Associate Mark Stern is also a core member of the team. Lawyers are in Atlanta unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Lauren Prevost

Key clients

Resource Real Estate Opportunity REIT, Inc.

CIM Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc.

Griffin-American Healthcare IV, Inc.

Cole Office & Industrial REIT (CCIT II), Inc

CIM Income NAV, Inc.

Modiv Inc.


MogulREIT II, Inc.

Healthcare Government Realty Trust, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented the special committee of the Resource Real Estate Opportunity REIT, Inc. board of directors as part of a merger of three companies and the acquisition of the affiliated management company, as well as federal income tax matters related thereto.
  • Represented Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV, Inc. in connection with the merger of two related REITs and the acquisition of the affiliated management company, as well as federal income tax matters related thereto.
  • Acted for Cole Office & Industrial REIT (CCIT II), Inc. in its merger into Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, Inc. in a $1.2bn thestock-for-stock transaction.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 4

An Atlanta-based team, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP is especially accomplished on buy- and sell-side technology transactions. The team is co-headed by David Calhoun and Scott Allen and acts for a number of private equity and institutional players in the Southeast of the US, particularly those within the software and SaaS field.

Practice head(s):

David Calhoun; Scott Allen

Other key lawyers:

Amie Singer; Nick Foreste; Christopher Maxwell; Jason Cummings

Key clients

Griffin Capital LLC

Sovos Compliance

Coastal Cloud

LLR Partners

Vanguard Software






Real estate Tier 5

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP‘s Washington DC-based team maintains strong of activity in real estate development and finance, REITs, hospitality, and notably gaming, which is Carol Weld King‘s key focus sectors. Christina Hassan is another attorney with expertise in dealing with complex multi-use projects that contain hospitality components. Elizabeth Karmin acts for landlords and tenants in office and retail leasing, as well as lenders and borrowers for financing mandates. Other areas of instruction include sales and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity.

Practice head(s):

Carol Weld King; Elizabeth Karmin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Westport Capital Partner, LLC

Virginia Tech Foundation

McDonald’s Corporation

BHI Miami


Argosy Capital

Rockbridge Capital, LLC

Playa Hotels and Resorts

Mr. C/Cipriani Restaurants, Hotels and Resorts

Salt Hotels

Work highlights

  • Represented an affiliate of Westport Capital Partners LLC in the acquisition of land in Apollo Beach, Florida along with a construction loan and joint venture transaction pertaining to the construction of a 430,000 square foot multifamily residential project for a total project budget of over $80m, including the negotiation of a joint venture agreement with the joint venture partner.
  • Represented Virginia Tech Foundation and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in connection with the acquisition of land from an AT&T pension fund for the development of a new campus in Alexandria, Virginia, which will include over 1 million square feet of space representing an investment of over $1bn.
  • Represented a family office owner of the Primland Resort in the negotiation of a hotel management agreement with Auberge Resorts Collection.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 5

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP’s Washington DC-based practice handles a steady stream of REIT matters and big-ticket transactions for clients from the worlds of healthcare, property, private equity, and insurance. Practice head Aresh Homayoun is a highly experienced advisor who regularly represents REITs and regulated investment companies in the full gamut of tax issues. In addition to his core transactional tax practice, Matt Wochok is noted for his expertise in capital markets offerings and financial products.

Practice head(s):

Aresh Homayoun

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Resource Real Estate Opportunity REIT, Inc.

CIM Real Estate Finance Trust

Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV, Inc.

K1 Capital Advisors, LLC

Serent Capital

Tanner, Ballew & Maloof, Inc.

Armfield, Harrison & Thomas, Inc.

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance

Regal Software Technologies, Inc.

Government > Government contracts

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP‘s Washington DC-based government contract practice offers clients at the federal, state, and local levels of procurement bid protest, corporate trasactions, and False Claims Act claims expertise. The team is particularly notable for its sub-contractor expertise, with Andrew Mohr  leading the team.

International Trade > International trade

National firm Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP is noted for its 'rich experience and expertise in dealing with US trade matters'. The trade group's emphasis on representing multinational respondents in trade remedies cases represents a key differentiator between it and its midmarket peers, and the team maintains a keen focus on expanding into new overseas markets.