Simpson to Serve on ‘PA Coalition Against Rape’ Board of Directors

Organization Advocates to Eliminate Sexual Violence

Mette, Evans & Woodside attorney Kathryn L. Simpson was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape Board of Directors.

Founded in 1975, the mission of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is to work to end sexual violence and advocate for the rights and needs of all sexual assault victims. PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope, and healing around issues of sexual violence to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Simpson’s law practice is in Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Health Law and Mediation & Arbitration. Named as a Super Lawyer for the past nine years, she is recognized as one of the preeminent litigators in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Kathi is a frequent presenter of continuing legal education programs for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the National Business Institute. In addition to practicing law, she is actively involved with several nonprofit and community organizations.

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.

Settlement of First Amendment Lawsuit Against York County, Pennsylvania

Mette, Evans & Woodside announces the settlement of a client’s lawsuit against York County, Pennsylvania, alleging violations of the client’s rights under the First Amendment. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg.

The firm’s client desired to conduct a public demonstration in front of the York County Courthouse, but was threatened by York County with criminal prosecution if he would not first comply with an onerous and outdated ordinance. Among other things, the ordinance required disclosure of the client’s “affiliation with any organization or identifiable group” as a condition of applying for a permit to demonstrate on property owned by York County. The ordinance also conditioned approval of a permit upon criteria including any “reasonable expectation of provocative messages.” The firm’s client intended to protest racism.

After filing suit, the county retreated from its threats of criminal prosecution, allowed the client to protest without complying with the challenged ordinance, and ultimately paid $30,000 in settlement of the case.

Attorneys Aaron D. Martin, Veronica L. Boyer and Jacob H. Kiessling represented the firm’s client in this action. Mette, Evans & Woodside maintains an active practice protecting the constitutional rights of private citizens and entities.

Mette, Evans & Woodside Hosts Inns of Court Conference

Inns_Court_Summit_June2018_BarrensMette, Evans & Woodside hosted a conference for local Inns of Court leaders in June 2018 at its office. The “Summit” was conducted by Ernest J. Barrens, Director of Chapter Relations for the American Inns of Court. Mr. Barrens led discussions about recruiting members for the local Inns and program development. In attendance was MEW shareholder, Kathi Simpson, who is the president of the William W. Lipsitt Inn of Court in Harrisburg.

Super Lawyers

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

Super Lawyers

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, Employment Law, Health Law and Mediation & Arbitration. This is the ninth year that Ms. Simpson has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for her work in business litigation. She is a frequent speaker and author of continuing legal education course materials for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Mr. Goldsmith focuses his practice in professional licensure defense and real estate litigation. He was recognized in the professional defense category. He has also provided legal expertise to professional trade associations such as the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, and currently the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®, the Greater Philadelphia and Harrisburg Associations of REALTORS® and the Greater Scranton Association of REALTORS®. He has written and lectured extensively on real estate issues.

Mr. Farrell’s practice is in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. Mr. Farrell 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. Mr. Farrell is a member of the Dauphin County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, where he is also a member of several sections related to workers’ compensation and civil litigation. 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. 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.

“The Super Lawyer recognition of four attorneys in the firm is a confirmation of 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 on staff.”

The selections for Super Lawyers are held each year as a result of a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers; independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics’ attorney-led research staff; a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

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.