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Joel D. Kellman Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1967


University of Michigan, J.D.

Kenyon College, B.A.

Joel D. Kellman's practice focuses on real estate and commercial lending with an emphasis on real estate development, construction lending, traditional real estate lending, and transactions with tax and related incentives on behalf of developers and lenders. Mr. Kellman represents nonprofit community development groups engaged in neighborhood redevelopment. He also practices in the areas of commercial leasing and loan work-outs and restructuring.

Mr. Kellman has represented commercial lenders for many years and has closed significant loans and financings on behalf of his clients. This lending experience has afforded Mr. Kellman a unique insight into other real estate transactions and an opportunity to offer his abilities to community groups and others engaged in community redevelopment.

Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Member and former Chair of Mortgage and Security Devices Subcommittee of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Former Member of the Council of the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Section
  • Homeward Bound Series for Real Estate Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Lecturer

Community/Civic Activities

  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Trustee
  • Invest Detroit Foundation, Member of Investment Committee
  • Greening of Detroit, Former Board Member
  • Chandler Park Conservancy, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Community Legal Resources, Co-founder and Former Board Member 
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Advisory Committee Member 
  • Detroit Crime Commission, Advisory Committee Member
  • Former Board Member and Past President of Legal Aid and Defenders Association of Detroit
  • Former Board Member of JARC (Jewish Association for Residential Care)
  • Former Board Member of The American Jewish Committee
  • Former Board Member of Traveler's Aid Society

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Real Estate, Banking, and Nonprofit, 2006-2008, 2012-Present

The State Bar of Michigan John W. Cummiskey Award--in recognition of Pro Bono legal services to the Citizens of Michigan

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law and Real Estate Litigation, 2009-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Banking Financial Service Law, Real Estate Law and Real Estate Litigation, 2010-2017

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell