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Joseph E. Turner, Jr.

Of Counsel


500 Woodward Ave
Suite 3500
Detroit, MI 48226
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Fax: +13133096895
J.D., magna cum laude, Detroit College of Law, Detroit, Michigan, 1990
B.A., Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, Troy, Michigan, 1982
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Joseph E. Turner, Jr.

Of Counsel

Joseph E. Turner is Of Counsel in Clark Hill's Detroit office where he practices in the Education and Municipal Group. Joseph specializes in public pension law, real estate, commercial transactions, municipal finance, school law, litigation and criminal law. As a former commercial bank manager, Joseph offers invaluable institutional lending experience relative to various complex finance-related transactions.

His primary practice focuses on lender related transactions and public pension law. Joseph has a broad range of experience in various complex investment transactions permitted under the Michigan Public Employees Retirement System Investment Act (PERSIA) Public Act 314 of 1965, MCL 38.as amended (commonly referred to as, "Act 314"). He has negotiated and drafted documentation ranging from commercial loans to multi-layered financings, sophisticated credit enhancement financing and letters of credit. Joseph also negotiates investment management agreements with public pension fund investment managers. He has substantial experience in negotiating and drafting alternative side letters. Also, Joseph served as lead special counsel and general counsel to a major municipal pension fund.

In Joseph's real estate and municipal finance practices, he has represented various business and governmental entities. His extensive range of experience includes reviewing, negotiating and drafting purchase and sale, loan, construction, lease and other real estate documentation. He has extensive experience representing owners and institutional lenders in connection with permanent financing, workouts and documentation for commercial and residential projects. Joseph has served as local counsel on behalf of major national corporations in multi-state financings. He has previously served as co-bond counsel on local municipal financings.

As a former police officer, Joseph has utilized his vast law enforcement related knowledge in criminal defense areas. Joseph has experience representing clients appearing before federal grand juries and federal authorities for formal interviews.

While attending law school, one summer Joseph served as a Michigan Supreme Judicial Intern for the then-Honorable Justice Dennis W. Archer.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Development Corporation of Wayne County (DCWC) and the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC).

Joseph was named as one of dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit - 2010.

Practice Areas
LitigationMunicipal LawReal Estate
Areas of Emphasis
Corporate Finance