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Joseph S. Kopietz



500 Woodward Ave
Suite 3500
Detroit, MI 48226
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Fax: 313.309.6816
Practice Areas
Corporate Restructuring & BankruptcyEnvironment, Energy & Natural ResourcesGovernment & Public AffairsPublic FinanceReal Estate
Areas of Emphasis
Consolidation & RestructuringGreen Building & DevelopmentLeasingMergers & AcquisitionsProperty Tax ServicesPublic ContractingPublic/Private PartnershipsReal Estate ServicesRegulatory Advice & CounselTax Incentives & Grants
BankingConstructionFood, Beverage & HospitalityHealth CareTax Exempt Organizations
Economic Development Services
M.B.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
J.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
B.S., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
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Joseph S. Kopietz


Joseph S. Kopietz is a member with the Real Estate Group of Clark Hill’s Detroit office. He focuses his practice in the area of economic development representing lenders, investors, nonprofit and for profit developers, municipalities, syndicators, underwriters, and governmental authorities. Joseph has extensive experience with a variety of tax credits and incentives including low-income housing, renewable energy, historic and New Markets Tax Credits, as well as state tax credits, tax abatements and “Green” incentives. He provides expert advice to clients in all aspects of economic development projects, from early stage negotiation to financial structuring and transaction documentation. When called upon to do so, he also represents clients in workouts of problem projects.

Joseph has successfully closed transactions involving more than $800 million in tax credit related financing since 2007. As a LEED Accredited Professional (AP), Joseph is one of a small number of attorneys nationwide to obtain a certification that distinguishes professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™. He also is experienced in choice of entity planning, formation and maintenance, and incorporation and qualification of tax exempt organizations, and regularly advises clients on Federal, state and local tax issues.

Prior to joining Clark Hill, Joseph was the chief operating officer of a nonprofit agency that provided affordable housing and health services in Southeast Michigan.

Joseph was selected for inclusion on the Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 list of professionals in 2012 for his ability to navigate and facilitate financing for real estate deals in Detroit.

Joseph serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, the leading advocacy organization for homeless persons in Michigan and the agencies that serve them, and on the Affordable Housing Committee of the Oakland County Task Force on Homelessness and Affordable Housing. Recently, Joseph was involved in the formation of the Historic Tax Credit Coalition, serving both as general counsel for the organization and as a member of the legislative committee. He also is a member of the Michigan Housing Council and American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development.


Advised businesses and municipalities on a range of zoning, economic incentive, and federal and state tax matters relating to legal marijuana operations in Michigan. 

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Redevelopment of the iconic Argonaut Building in Detroit, Michigan at a project cost in excess of $150,000,000 through a multi-layered tax credit transaction involving State and Federal Historic Tax Credits, New Market Tax 

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Sixty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Leading LawyersClark Hill Attorney Joseph S. Kopietz to Present “Walk-through of Schedule A – How the Answers Matter” at MICPA Non-Profit Conference on October 7, 2016Clark Hill Real Estate Attorney Joseph S. Kopietz Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business 50 Real Estate Names To KnowSixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2015 ListSixty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2014 List Five Clark Hill Attorneys to present at International Council of Shopping Centers Michigan Continuing Education Program for Real Estate Professionals February 13, 2014 in Novi, MIClark Hill Attorneys Presented Continuing Education Program for Pittsburgh Chapter of NAIOP December 3, 2013Sixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2013 ListClark Hill Attorney Joseph Kopietz to present at Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants Mega Conference May 16Clark Hill Attorney Joe Kopietz Named to Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 for 2012Fifty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2012 ListClark Hill PLC Attorney Joseph S. Kopietz to Present at The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants' Continuing Education Session, June 6Clark Hill PLC Members Joseph S. Kopietz and Kevin A. Fanning to Present at BOMA Mega Education Program, April 19Clark Hill Attorneys Jordan S. Bolton and Joseph S. Kopietz Elected to Membership of the FirmClark Hill Attorney Joseph S. Kopietz Serves as a Panelist at the 20th Annual Conference of the International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real EstateFifty-One Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2010 ListAttorney Joseph Kopietz Awarded Community Impact Award by the Detroit Metropolitan Bar BarristersClark Hill Attorney Joseph S. Kopietz to Present During Michigan’s Conference on Affordable HousingEleven Clark Hill Attorneys Selected as Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2009Clark Hill Attorneys Timothy M. Koltun and Joseph S. Kopietz to Speak at CPE Select Conference Presented by Michigan Association of Certified Public AccountantsClark Hill Attorneys Deanna M. Deldin and Joseph S. Kopietz Author Article in The Michigan Business Law JournalClark Hill Attorney Joseph S. Kopietz Presents “Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies – Expanding Access to Capital for Socially Beneficial Enterprises”Clark Hill Attorneys Timothy Koltun and Joseph Kopietz Earn Exclusive LEED AccreditationClark Hill Attorney Joseph S. Kopietz to Present at Michigan Conference on Affordable Housing