Aaron Martin - The Fairness Center

Attorney Aaron Martin Appointed The Fairness Center Trustee

Aaron Martin - The Fairness Center

Attorney, Aaron D. Martin has been appointed a trustee of The Fairness Center, a nonprofit, public interest law firm that provides free legal services to those in disputes with public sector union officials. The Fairness Center’s lawyers handle matters ranging from administrative charges and hearings to the filing of traditional and class action lawsuits in federal and state courts. Based in Harrisburg, PA, The Fairness Center currently provides representation to clients in both Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Veronica A. Eskra Joins Mette, Evans & Woodside

Veronica A. EskraThe law firm of Mette, Evans & Woodside announced that paralegal Veronica Eskra has joined the firm. In her new role, she will assist the attorneys in the Real Estate practice group.

Veronica graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Academy of Medical Arts and Business with her Paralegal Certificate, and from Elizabethtown College with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She is working on obtaining her Title Agent’s license.

Mette, Evans & Woodside has a long-standing tradition of providing comprehensive legal representation in Litigation, Estates and Trusts, Business and Real Estate. Founded in 1969, the firm provides sound legal counsel to clients throughout Pennsylvania for all facets of their professional and personal life.

Cybersecurity

Mette, Evans & Woodside Hosts Breakfast Brief on Cybersecurity

Melanie L. Vanderau, AttorneyThe law firm of Mette, Evans & Woodside is hosting a Breakfast Brief presentation titled, “Incident Response: Managing and Mitigating Risk,” on September 17th at 7:30 am. The presentation, by Attorney Melanie L. Vanderau, will make business owners aware of procedures they ought to have in place to successfully manage their cybersecurity risks.

Successfully managing the aftermath of a security breach, cyberattack, hacking, or other security incident is critical to any business organization. Having an appropriate plan in place is essential to the process of incident response. In today’s technology environment, businesses must know how to manage their systemic and operational risk prior to any incidents and mitigate both financial and reputational damage after an incident occurs.

“My goal is to make businesses aware of the many threats to their vital digital information and the various ways they can protect themselves,” said Ms. Vanderau. “People from all types of organizations can benefit from this presentation, from financial institutions managing confidential financial information, to small businesses storing employee payroll records.”

Registration is free, but space is limited. A continental breakfast will be served. Attendees can register online here.

Mette, Evans & Woodside has a long-standing tradition of providing comprehensive legal representation in Litigation, Estates and Trusts, Business and Real Estate. Founded in 1969, the firm provides sound legal counsel to clients throughout Pennsylvania for all facets of their professional and personal life.

Herbruck's Ground Breaking

Herbruck’s Celebrates Groundbreaking!

Herbruck's Ground Breaking

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch broke ground on a $100 million cage-free egg-laying facility in Franklin County. The Herbruck’s facility in Montgomery Township will feature 8 barns.

Herbruck’s will use an innovative manure handling technology that processes hen litter into organic fertilizer on site, which will reduce odor, eliminate flies and provide a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer for local farmers.

The Herbruck’s facility is situated on 335 acres, and will create new 190 jobs.

Mette, Evans & Woodside is proud to represent Herbruck’s and provide legal services with respect to this project.

Super Lawyers

Four Mette, Evans & Woodside Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers”

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Attorneys pictured (left to right): Kathryn Simpson, James Goldsmith, Michael Farrell & Victoria Edwards

Mette, Evans & Woodside attorneys Kathryn L. Simpson, James L. Goldsmith and Michael A. Farrell were named as top attorneys in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers. Attorney Victoria P. Edwards was also recognized by Super Lawyer as a Rising Star. The Super Lawyers honor is reserved for attorneys who exhibit excellence in their legal practice with just five percent achieving the recognition in the state.

Ms. Simpson’s practice is in commercial litigation, professional liability defense, labor and employment, and health law. Since 2004, Ms. Simpson has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for her litigation work. She is a frequent speaker and author of continuing legal education course materials for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Mr. Goldsmith focuses his practice on professional liability defense, professional licensure defense and real estate litigation. Since 2006, he has been recognized in the professional liability defense category. Mr. Goldsmith also provides legal expertise to professional trade associations such as the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, and several Associations of REALTORS® across Pennsylvania.

Mr. Farrell, who has been recognized for seven years, has been practicing in the field of insurance defense litigation for 32 years. He is a certified specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He has published articles and has taught seminars relating to Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law.

Ms. Edwards dedicates her practice to workers’ compensation and social security disability. Since 2016, she has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Ms. Edwards also is a certified specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

“Having so many of our attorneys recognized as “Super Lawyers” over the last decade is a testament to Mette, Evans & Woodside’s dedication to providing top-notch legal counsel,” said the firm’s President Tim Hoy. “We’re proud to have these outstanding attorneys as a part of our legal team.”

Mette, Evans & Woodside has a long-standing tradition of providing comprehensive legal representation in Litigation, Estates and Trusts, Business and Real Estate. Founded in 1969, the firm provides clients throughout Pennsylvania with sound legal counsel for all facets of their professional and personal life.

Sean P. Delaney Joins Mette, Evans & Woodside as Shareholder

Sean P. Delaney, Attorney

The law firm of Mette, Evans & Woodside announced that attorney Sean P. Delaney has joined the firm as Shareholder. Attorney Delaney concentrates his practice in real estate acquisition, financing, development, operation, and disposition. He represents both domestic and international clients. Sean’s practice includes virtually all aspects of real estate law, acting for owners and developers as well as lenders, investors, private equity funds, and family offices. He also assists clients in land use matters including, local and state permitting and licensing issues, and stormwater and wastewater permitting.

“We are excited to have Sean join us as the newest member of the Mette, Evans & Woodside’s Real Estate practice group,” said the firm’s President Tim Hoy. “His nearly 20 years of experience in the field in wide-ranging real estate legal matters will be a tremendous benefit to our clients.”

Mette, Evans & Woodside has a long-standing tradition of providing comprehensive legal representation in Litigation, Estates and Trusts, Business and Real Estate. Founded in 1969, the firm provides sound legal counsel to clients throughout Pennsylvania for all facets of their professional and personal life.

Two Attorneys Appointed to Serve Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Boyer and Edwards Appointed as Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee Members

Veronica L. Boyer and Victoria P. Edwards

Mette, Evans & Woodside attorneys Veronica L. Boyer and Victoria P. Edwards were recently appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board as Hearing Committee Members. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has the inherent and exclusive power over the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Disciplinary Board, which was founded in 1972 to regulate attorney conduct, consists of 13 members appointed by the Supreme Court.

Ms. Boyer focuses her practice in construction law and litigation as well as commercial, real estate and environmental litigation. She also handles matters involving procurement and administrative law. She has been named one of Central Penn Business Journal’s 30 Women of Influence for her demonstrated commitment to her clients and the community.

Ms. Edwards dedicates her law practice to social security disability and workers’ compensation defense. She is a certified specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

Mette, Evans & Woodside has a long-standing tradition of providing comprehensive legal representation in Litigation, Estates and Trusts, Business and Real Estate. Founded in 1969, the firm provides sound legal counsel to clients throughout Pennsylvania for all facets of their professional and personal life.

Jessica E. Weaver Joins Mette, Evans & Woodside

Jessica WeaverThe law firm of Mette, Evans & Woodside announced that attorney Jessica Weaver has joined the firm as Associate.

Jessica Weaver represents clients in a variety of legal matters including estate planning and administration. Through her extensive career experience in county courts, legal services and general practice law firms, she has developed an in-depth understanding of how to craft estate plans that meet clients’ needs. In addition, Jessica represents buyers and sellers in commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Jessica earned her law degree at the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish and Business and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Employee Relations. Jessica is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Dauphin County Bar Association, the Franklin County Bar Association, and the Lebanon County Bar Association, where she serves as Treasurer.

“We are confident that Jessica’s legal experience and ability to analyze complex legal issues will prove invaluable for our clients.” said President Timothy A. Hoy. “Her knowledge and expertise will be a welcome addition to Mette, Evans & Woodside.”

Mette, Evans & Woodside has a long-standing tradition of providing comprehensive legal representation in Litigation, Estates and Trusts, Business and Real Estate. Founded in 1969, the firm provides sound legal counsel to clients throughout Pennsylvania for all facets of their professional and personal life.

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Mette, Evans & Woodside Represents Newspaper Publisher in Freedom of Speech and First Amendment Lawsuit

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The law firm of Mette, Evans & Woodside has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of its client, Press and Journal, Inc., publisher of the Middletown Press & Journal, against the Borough of Middletown, Pennsylvania.

 

The suit alleged that the Borough violated the newspaper’s rights of free speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment. The suit arose in 2018 when the Borough refused to place advertisements for publication with the paper because the Borough disagreed with the paper’s reporting and editorials. The Borough stated that it might resume a commercial relationship if the newspaper’s reporting changed.

 

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner entered a consent decree on March 25, 2019 requiring the Borough to follow published neutral criteria. The Borough also agreed to pay the paper’s legal fees for the matter.

 

Mette, Evans & Woodside attorneys Aaron D. Martin, Michael D. Reed and Veronica L. Boyer represented Press & Journal in the suit.

 

Paul J. Bruder Secures Victory for Hubley Township – Joint Sewage Facilities Plan Will Go Forward

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has reversed a decision of the Environmental Hearing Board that nullified a Joint Act 537 plan between Hegins and Hubley townships.  The plan was the first comprehensive revision to either township’s Act 537 plans since 1967. In the joint plan, the townships proposed the construction of a 600,000-gallon-per-day wastewater treatment plant in Hubley Township. The plan also proposed the installation of public sewers in various sections of both townships where there has been on-lot septic malfunctions and direct discharges of raw sewage into waters of the Commonwealth.  On April 17, 2015, the DEP approved the joint plan, and several landowners appealed DEP’s approval. Hegins Township changed position during the appeal and decided to join the landowners’ challenge to the economic feasibility of the joint plan.  The projected the cost of the project is approximately $26 million.

The ruling means the joint plan can move forward. The Commonwealth Court decision, filed Tuesday, was heard before Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer, Judge Ellen Ceisler and Senior Judge Dan Pellegrini.  In an unreported opinion, Judge Ceisler writes: “We agree with Hubley and DEP that the board’s ruling undermines the act’s procedures and contradicts the act’s express policy of protecting ‘public health, safety and welfare of the citizens by providing for a technically competent, integrated and coordinated system of sanitary sewage disposal. We will not permit Hegins to escape its public commitment, and its agreed-upon obligation, to work with Hubley and the Hegins-Hubley Water Authority to implement a viable sewage treatment plan without following ‘the proper and transparent procedures outlined in the Sewage Facilities Act.’ ”

The Court also denied Hegins Township’s request to remand the matter to DEP for additional public comment on the most recent revisions to the joint plan.

Paul J. Bruder of Mette Evans & Woodside represented Hubley Township throughout the EHB proceeding and the Commonwealth Court appeal.