Get to Know Rosa Weaver

Rosa A. Weaver is an award-winning experienced international and domestic tax attorney. At both the federal and state level she specializes in tax planning, tax resolution, international tax, business services and consultation, and estate planning.

After earning her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, Weaver worked in the automotive industry and focused on prevention and stoppage of criminal engagement in white-collar fraud and the manufacturing of counterfeit automotive service parts for Latin America and North America. She also managed multinational service contracts, developed global best practices, and successfully built cross-functional global service teams.

Weaver’s background in dealing with international complex financial matters spearheaded her interest in tax law. At Detroit Mercy Law School, she graduated in the top 10% of her taxation courses and was selected to study Offshore Tax Havens in the Cayman Islands.

She began her legal career at a boutique business firm in Detroit and from there served as a judicial legal intern for the Hon. Patricia Fresard at Wayne County Third Circuit Court. She practiced tax resolution until founding 42’ 83’ Legal Advisors, PLLC. Weaver services clients across the U.S. and abroad in federal taxation matters and has offices in Houston and Detroit.

Admitted to practice in the U.S. Eastern District of Michigan and U.S. Tax Court, she is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Wolverine Bar Association, Accounting Society of Tax Problem Solvers, ARAG, and American Bar Association – Taxation Section.

By Sheila Pursglove

Legal News

Residence:  I am a dual state resident, dividing my time between Detroit and Houston.

What would surprise people about your job? Tax lawyers are afforded the opportunity to meet people from all over the country; our clientele is very diverse and connects you with people from all over the world. 

Why did you become a lawyer?
I spent almost 10 years working in corporate America. It was a very rewarding career, however, I wanted to place myself in a position where my degree would not yield me limits. Obtaining a J.D. has offered me limitless opportunities and has and continues to be a very rewarding profession.

What’s your favorite law-related TV show, and movie?
Suits on USA Network and movie(s): Philadelphia and The Firm.

Who are your law role models – real and/or fictional? I find inspiration and motivation from women in law who fight the good fight and try to balance their legal career while raising a family. 

Who would trade you trade places with for a day?  Beyonce. I would love to hang out with artists and celebrities and watch them perform live at concerts. That would be really cool.

What advice do you have for someone considering law school?
  Relax, take it one class, one assignment at a time. “You got this!!”  Also, get involved with school organizations and network, and try to secure a mentor. 

What’s your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When I was able to help a family save their home, retirement accounts, and financial assets from tax assessments wrongfully assessed. When your whole financial security can be swept right from under you overnight it can be a scary feeling, especially when you have a family.

What do you do to relax? 
I enjoy travel and experiencing new places and cultures. I also love binge watching a series on Netflix. Sometimes mindless activity is good for the soul.

Favorite music:
Rap/ hip-hop and folk music

What other career path might you have chosen? I would have loved the opportunity to be a doctor, but I didn’t realize that medicine was a strong interest for me until much later. 

What would you say to your 16-year-old self? Do more!!! Be limitless in your thought process, because all dreams really can become reality.

Favorite websites:
Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Amazon

Favorite app:
Pinterest, IG, Instacart, Lyft, Lose It, Amazon Prime Now

What is your happiest childhood memory?
When I was 11, I visited my grandmother in Washington D.C. for Christmas, and I was unable to get there until late Christmas Eve. She was waiting on me to purchase a Christmas tree, but my late arrival changed her plans. She had an old tree in her basement from when my mother was a kid. We dug out this old 6 ft. silver tinsel tree from the 60s that spun around in a circle and changed colors. We spent hours trying to put it together and shared so many laughs. The years were not very kind to it, so it leaned at a 45-degree angle. But, we were not bothered, we were so proud of our last minute Christmas tree choice and just laughed at its awful appearance.

What are your most treasured material possessions?
A gold necklace with a charm in the shape of a mother and child. Another would be a coat that belonged to my grandmother.

What do you wish someone would invent? A teleportation device for travel. 

What’s the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever been? The Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil was amazing and inspiring. 

If you could have one super power, what would it be? I wouldn’t mind super human strength or the ability to fly like Superman.

What’s one thing you would like to learn to do?
I think it would be cool to make your own clothes, but I also think it would be really cool to learn how to surf. 

What is something most people don’t know about you? I am a pretty silly person and I enjoy hanging out with people that have a dry, witty sense of humor.

If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
My grandmother (deceased), my mother and my son. To have 4 generations at one dinner table again would be great. I love sharing family stories and memories. 

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Be present and live your life now.

Favorite place to spend money:
Outside of paying for plane tickets to visit a new country, I would say Neiman Marcus (I have a shoe and purse addiction).

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