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John A. Weiss


John focuses on providing practical and innovative legal advice to his clients.  He merges a passion for urban planning and place making into his practice, resulting in collaborative, community-minded solutions that fit each client’s goals.  His experience includes counseling on issues relating to public finance, land use and economic development, public-private partnerships, entity organization and governance, and local and state tax.  John was a Law Clerk to Justice Elizabeth Welch of the Michigan Supreme Court.  

John is a graduate of the University of Michigan.  Before returning to Michigan, John spent several years at a leading Philadelphia-area law firm specializing in real estate development and general business matters.  



Education & Credentials


Temple University Beasley School of Law

  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Temple Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society

University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and Arts

B.A., History
  • James B. Angell Scholar

Bar Admission

  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania


  • Michigan Super Lawyers®
    • "Rising Star, Government Finance, 2023

Professional Involvement

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Government Law Section

Community Involvement

  • Boardwalk Condominiums Association, Director (2020-2022)
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association, Member
  • Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Volunteer
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