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John A. Weiss


John focuses on providing practical, innovative legal advice for public entities, non-profit organizations, and for-profit entities.  He merges a passion for urban planning and placemaking 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, public-private partnerships, infrastructure and economic development projects, entity organization and governance, the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, election law, local and state tax, and parliamentary procedure.  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

Professional Involvement

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Public Corporations 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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