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Joseph S. Kopietz

Senior Counsel
fax +1 313.309.6816

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.

Education

M.B.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
J.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
B.S., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Recognitions

Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 (2012)

Memberships

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

Michigan

Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan