Joseph M. Fazio

Joseph M. Fazio


Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

Recognized since 2005

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Practice Areas

Litigation - Real Estate

Real Estate Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Real Estate
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No matter how complex, Joe's emphasis is on keeping the parties engaged and focused on the issues to be resolved for the transaction to come to a successful end.

Joe’s specific areas of expertise include complex commercial real estate acquisitions and developments, with extensive experience in ground leasing, entity formation, public/private development agreements, as well as conventional, securitized and tax-increment financing.

Joe helped a client obtain approval of a site plan for a 10-story student housing project in the face of significant community opposition. In a stunning reversal of fortune, the city council unanimously approved the project after it had been unanimously rejected by the city planning commission.

In another matter, Joe crafted a plan for a regional shopping center anchored by a national retailer. The complex transaction involved the simultaneous closing on about 11 distinct parcels of land, a sale of a significant portion of the assembled land to a third-party national retailer, closing on a significant tax increment financed special assessment district to fund infrastructure costs, the leasing of approximately 70 percent of the project to be built on the client-retained land, and closing a construction loan.

Joe has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, Chambers USA and DBusiness Magazine. He is affiliated with the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, and Wastenaw County Bar Association. His civic and social activities include being on the Board of Trustees for Legacy Land Conservancy and Vice President and Chairman of the Board for Ann Arbor Art Center. Joe completed his B.A. at the University of Michigan in 1980 and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 1985.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 101 North Main Street, Seventh Floor
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, Michigan Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau - Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Ann Arbor Art Center - Chairman of the Board
  • Leadership Ann Arbor - Graduate
  • Legacy Land Conservancy - Board of Trustees
  • State Bar of Michigan - Real Property Law Section
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Real Estate

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Real Estate Law, Ann Arbor (2022)
  • Litigation - Real Estate, Ann Arbor (2019)
  • Litigation - Real Estate, Ann Arbor (2017)
  • Litigation - Real Estate, Ann Arbor (2015)
  • Litigation - Real Estate, Ann Arbor (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law

Awards:

  • DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Real Estate 2011-present
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate, 2008-present
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Real Estate 2006-present

Representative Matters

Joe helped a client obtain approval of a site plan for a 10-story student housing project in the face of significant community opposition. In a stunning reversal of fortune, the city council unanimously approved the project after it had been unanimously rejected by the city planning commission.
In another matter, Joe crafted a plan for a regional shopping center anchored by a national retailer. The complex transaction involved the simultaneous closing on about 11 distinct parcels of land, a sale of a significant portion of the assembled land to a third-party national retailer, closing on a significant tax increment financed special assessment district to fund infrastructure costs, the leasing of approximately 70 percent of the project to be built on the client-retained land, and closing a construction loan.
  • REIT Spin-out and Initial Public Offering
Represented Second City Capital Partners II, LP, on the spin-out and "roll up" of more than 20 companies holding 16 office properties consisting of 1.85 million sq. ft. of rentable space in five states, and the initial public offering of City Office REIT, Inc.'s common stock.

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