Joseph S. KopietzJoseph Kopietz Clark Hill
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.
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