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Aug. 29 - Best Lawyers List Honors Rusty Ross for Healthcare and Real Estate Law

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 29, 2019 - The 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©  includes prominent Savannah attorney and civic leader Joseph “Rusty” Ross. Ross, a partner at law firm Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, is not only included in the 2020 Best Lawyer© rankings, he also earned recognition in two separate categories: both Health Care Law and Real Estate Law. Ross has been on the prestigious list for a total of 10 years. 

Ross is also deeply involved in the local community, serving as the chair of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce. He is Past Chair and a Board Member for Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys. He is the Treasurer and past-Chair of the Board of Directors of Hospice Savannah, Inc. He is a Member of the American Health Lawyers Association. He is Past Senior Warden and Vestryman at St. John’s Church and member and past President of St. Andrew’s Society of Savannah. 

His commercial real estate experience includes a transactional practice for a variety of clients, developers, foreign businesses, corporations, industrial revenue bond-financed transactions and low-income housing developments. A total of 27 Morris, Manning & Martin attorneys who practice in the firm’s Atlanta, Savannah and Washington, D.C. offices were chosen by their peers for the prestigious annual list.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world.) It has received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice." For more information, visit

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