Joseph S. Kopietz
Joseph S. Kopietz 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 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.
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.
Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 (2012)
Board of Directors, the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
Board of Directors, Affordable Housing Committee of the Oakland County Task Force on Homelessness and Affordable Housing
Member, the Michigan Housing Council and American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development
State Bar Licenses
- Joseph S. Kopietz Featured in Crain’s Detroit: 50 Real Estate Names to Know, June 2016
- Joe Kopietz Quoted in Crain’s Detroit Business: Gilbert pays $18 million for David Stott, Clark Lofts buildings – July 2015
- Joe Kopietz Quoted in Crain’s Detroit Business: ‘To Chase the Animal’: Packard Plant Owner Eyes Bids for Historic Downtown Buildings – March 2015
- Joe Kopietz Quoted in Crain’s Detroit Business: Building Equity Through Commercial Real Estate – Fall 2014