Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The 2012 Storey Award honoree: Joseph L. Voss, Clark Hill Entertainment Law!

Mr. Joseph L. Voss, Clark Hill Entertainment Law

The Storey Award is a community award created by Thriller! Chiller! and is presented in honor of journalist, friend, and community activist Drew Storey who passed away unexpectedly in 2009. The recipient is awarded based upon their body of work, their selfless contribution and its impact on building community relationships which promote and connect Michigan’s artists to a larger audience around the world.

“Joe (Voss) is a consummate professional, an endlessly knowledgeable resource and best friend an artist could ever hope to meet once in their life, let alone have that person available to consult with right here in Michigan,” explained Festival Director, Anthony E. Griffin. “Without a doubt, Joe embodies the spirit and passion that Drew championed in his search for meaning in life and it's a great honor for us to link these two gentlemen in memoriam to Drew's legacy.”

Biography: Joseph L. Voss
Joseph L. Voss focuses his practice on transactions in the entertainment industry, including representation of debt and equity financing parties for film and television productions. He provides production legal services to independent producers working in Michigan and Illinois, as well as general corporate representation to companies in the film, television and music industries. Joe regularly represents borrowers and lenders utilizing the Michigan’s Film and Digital Media Incentive program, and provides guidance to parties that structure production financing transactions to maximize the effectiveness of tax incentives offered by various jurisdictions.

In addition to his work with entertainment industry clients, Joe provides general corporate representation to business operating in Illinois and Michigan. He handles merger and acquisition transactions, securities issues and general contracting matters, with a specialty in commercial lending transactions. Joe represents both borrowers and lenders in connection with the documentation and negotiation of secured lending deals throughout the Midwest.

Joe provides legal services in connection with artist-cause collaborations, and assists clients seeking to utilize media to further their non-profit missions. This involves advising clients on the tax-exemption process, handling the entertainment law aspects of artist-cause collaborations, and providing guidance on the numerous legal issues that can arise when entertainers and non-profits work together.

Photo and biography courtesy of Clark Hill