Mette, Evans & Woodside Adds New Practice Area

Veteran Attorneys Offer Statewide Agricultural Law Experience

From dairy farms and apple orchards to Christmas tree farms and mushroom mines, agribusiness remains one of Pennsylvania's leading industries. To serve the diverse and often unique needs of Pennsylvania's farms and related industries, Mette, Evans & Woodside is reviving its agricultural law practice with the return of former Mette, Evans & Woodside Attorneys Gary J. Heim and Jennifer Denchak Wetzel.

Attorney Heim's agricultural law practice has spanned a 35-year career. He has counseled thousands of agribusiness clients across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Raised on a family farm in Schuylkill County, Mr. Heim graduated from Elizabethtown College and Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law with honors. He is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association, having chaired its Agricultural Law Committee. He has provided legal services to members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau through its Legal Service Plan since 1980.

Attorney Wetzel is skilled in business succession planning, real estate and estate planning, with an agricultural emphasis. She is a graduate of Bucknell University and received her Juris Doctor from The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law where she was a member of the Penn State Law Review, the Appellate Moot Court Board and the Woolsack Honor Society. Ms. Wetzel is a licensed title insurance agent and is a Succession Coordinator for the International Farm Transition Network and the Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence.

"Both of these attorneys are widely known and highly respected within the agribusiness community," said Mette, Evans & Woodside Board President Heather Kelly. "We are excited that Gary and Jennifer will lead our agricultural law practice." Both Heim and Wetzel are returning to Mette, Evans & Woodside after practicing at another firm in Mechanicsburg for the past 5 years.

Mette, Evans & Woodside has a long-standing tradition of providing comprehensive legal representation for businesses, individuals and municipalities serving clients throughout Pennsylvania. More information is available at

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