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Corporate & Commercial Litigation
The attorneys at Mette, Evans & Woodside have substantial experience representing businesses and individuals in legal disputes. The extensive trial experience of our attorneys makes for formidable litigation representation when necessary, yet also allows for alternate dispute resolutions.
Our experience includes representation of clients in state and federal courts. Our seasoned Litigation attorneys regularly handle appeals before the Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mette, Evans and Woodside’s active appellate practice also includes participation as amicus curiae, or “friend of the court” where issues involved in an appeal may impact a client’s interests. We also routinely serve as local counsel to out-of-state individuals and businesses in proceedings before our Pennsylvania courts, including actions involving intellectual property and patent litigation.
Breach Of Contract • Injunction Proceedings • Employment Agreements • Shareholder Actions • Administrative Proceedings • Business Dissolution • Fraud And Unfair Competition • Non-Compete Agreements • Restrictive Covenants • Intellectual Property Rights • Patent Issues • Commercial Real Estate Disputes • Insurance Litigation • White Collar Crime • Professional Liability Defense • Negligence
The Employment Law attorneys have been helping businesses meet the challenges of maintaining a highly skilled workforce for over four decades. We provide legal counsel on the complex state and federal regulations that surround human resource decisions.
Mette, Evans & Woodside helps to keep businesses in compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements. We are prepared to aggressively represent you before administrative agencies and the courts when necessary.
We also assist clients in strengthening compensation and benefits packages with the development of employee options such as stock-ownership plans, profit-sharing, health and welfare plans, 401k plans and other complex compensation solutions.
Human Resources • Employee Relations • Employment Agreements • Executive • Compensation • Unemployment And Workers’ Compensation Defense • Employee Benefits And ERISA • Discrimination Defense • Wage And Labor Standards Compliance
Employment Law Attorneys
The Environmental Law attorneys at Mette, Evans & Woodside provide legal advice to clients on the rapidly changing and increasingly complex environmental regulatory and compliance issues. Our attorneys provide counsel to businesses, developers, financial institutions, municipalities and individuals to assist in navigating the process of obtaining permits, approvals and exemptions for public and private projects as well as evaluating and responding to environmental risks.
Our attorneys have spent decades developing relationships with state and federal environmental agencies and are adept at working with engineers, consultants and technicians.
Municipal Waste Planning And Management • Sewage Facilities Planning And Permitting • Wetlands Permitting • Stormwater Management • Safe Drinking Water Act Requirements • Brownfields Remediation And Liability Issues • Underground And Aboveground Storage Tanks • Clean Streams Law Issues • Environmental Litigation
Environmental Law Attorneys
Mediation, Arbitration & Administrative Practice
Mette, Evans and Woodside trial attorneys have extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.
Not every legal case results in litigation, nor should it. At times when alternative dispute resolution is an appropriate option, our attorneys can provide guidance in mediation and arbitration. Often, mediation or arbitration can bring resolution to legal dispute at a lesser expense and shorter timethan a trial.
Mediation brings together the parties involved in a dispute, along with their attorneys, to explore potential agreeable solutions. A mediator’s recommendations are not binding to either party.
Arbitration utilizes an individual or a panel of impartial arbitrators rather than a judge or jury to hear the dispute. Arbitrators make a binding decision regarding the disposition of the case.
At the administrative level, we represent public and private individuals and entities in proceedings before administrative agencies such as the Environmental Hearing Board, the Public Utility Commission, the EEOC and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, municipal boards and commissions, and the Board of Claims.
Contract Disputes • Employment Issues • Personal Injury Cases • Real Estate Issues • Broker And Securities Disputes
Mediation, Arbitration & Administrative Practice Attorneys
Mette, Evans & Woodside is proud to provide specialized counsel and representation to state-certified water and wastewater facility operators.
Certified Operators are subject to unique legal challenges created by the Water and Wastewater Systems Operators’ Certification Act (63 P.S. § 1001 et seq.) and regulations developed by the Department of Environmental Protection (Title 25, Chapter 302).
Randall Hurst, a wastewater operator with over two decades of practical experience and extensive environmental law experience, leads our specialized practice group of experienced attorneys.
Our Operators’ Defense Practice charges an affordable annual fee that gives our clients access to comprehensive representation with respect to the Certification Act and other regulations. Clients can seek legal counsel without worrying about hourly legal fees. †
† Certain limitations apply. Subject to the restrictions as stated in the retainer agreement.
Operators Defense Attorneys
The Mette, Evans & Woodside Personal Injury attorneys offer legal counsel and aggressive representation to victims of negligence and recklessness of others. We work on behalf of our clients for just compensation for all types of injuries and wrongful death. Our dedicated attorneys and staff have a wide range of experience litigating injury law claims including motor vehicle, fall down claims, civil rights and medical negligence.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys have obtained significant trial awards and settlements for both individuals and estates. If you believe that you are entitled to a personal injury settlement, our attorneys will meet with you to review the merits of your case in order to determine whether going to trial or reaching an out of court settlement would be most beneficial for you.
Your initial consultation is free of charge. In the majority of cases, personal injury claims are awarded on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay any attorney fees unless a monetary settlement or judgment is obtained on your behalf.
Auto Accidents • Slip and Fall Injuries • Construction Accidents • Medical Mistakes and Negligence • Premises Liability • Wrongful Death • Civil Rights
Work & Personal Injury Attorneys
Professional Liability Defense / Professional Licensure Disciplinary Defense
Protecting your professional license in good standing is critical to your financial well-being and maintaining your hard-earned reputation. When your ability to practice your profession is threatened by licensure issues, you need an attorney who is well-versed in professional licensure. The attorneys at Mette, Evans & Woodside provide vigorous licensure defense to all types of professional service providers including:
- Psychologists and
- Occupational Therapists
- Real Estate Brokers & Appraisers
- Funeral Directors
- Engineers & Architects
- Social workers
The laws and regulations surrounding Pennsylvania’s professional licensure is complex and can widely vary from one profession to another. Our attorneys have an in-depth understanding of professional licensing and provide experienced representation. From a wide range of issues, from representation at administrative hearings to complaint investigations and disciplinary actions we guide clients through each step of the process to protect their professional licenses.
What To Do If You Have Received An Investigation Notice
If you receive an investigation notice from the state’s professional licensing board, contact Mette, Evans & Woodside immediately. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in professional license defense and very familiar with state licensing boards and the disciplinary process. Responding on your own or meeting with the board investigator, without legal representation, can adversely impact the outcome and put your professional license and livelihood in peril.
In our experience, when we are consulted first, we are able to increase the likelihood of a resolution in the best possible terms for our clients.
Obtaining Professional Licenses • License Investigations • Disciplinary Actions • Denial of License • Complaint Investigation • Impaired Provider Program • License Suspension Or Revocation • Administrative Proceedings • Appealing Decisions
Professional Licensure Attorneys
Social Security Disability
If you suffer from a physical or mental condition that prevents you from working, consult with the attorneys at Mette, Evans & Woodside before you apply for social security disability. Our attorneys have a comprehensive working knowledge of the entire social security disability application process.
Social Security Disability (SSD) is for people, who during their employment history, have amassed enough work credits by paying Social Security payroll taxes. To be considered for social security disability you must be suffering from a severe condition that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death or that prevents you from performing the work you did or any other work at substantial gainful activity levels.
Statistics from the United States Social Security Disability Insurance Program show that nearly 60% of applications are denied. Anything from incomplete information to improper medical records can result in denial of the disability application. Completing all necessary forms correctly is crucial to a successful application. We will guide you through the entire process providing you with information about answering questions appropriately, proper documentation of condition and chronicling your treatment history to ensure that your application is accurate. The attorneys at Mette, Evans & Woodside are ready to guide you through the application process and help increase the chances of a favorable outcome.
Social Security Disability • Supplemental Security Income • Past Due Benefits • Appeal of Denied Claims • Reinstatement of Suspended Benefits
Social Security Disability Attorneys
Workers’ Compensation Defense
The attorneys at Mette, Evans & Woodside provide legal representation to employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators and insurance brokers regarding the defense of workers’ compensation claims and disputes throughout Pennsylvania. Our experienced attorneys are certified as specialists in the practice of Workers’ Compensation law by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Our purpose is to help reduce your liability exposure by providing efficient representation of active claims to a favorable conclusion and by providing a proactive defense against questionable or unwarranted claims for workers’ compensation benefits.
We provide guidance to clients through all aspects of the workers’ compensation claim process from the reporting of a work injury through pleadings, discovery, investigation of the claim, settlement negotiations, depositions, and claims evaluation. Mette, Evans & Woodside handles all phases of the litigation process from the workers’ compensation judge level through the appellate courts.
Loss Prevention • Settlement Negotiations • Claims Administration • Liability Assessment • Compensation Claims Defense
Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys
In Pennsylvania, legal disputes involving wills, trusts, and estates fall under the jurisdiction of the Orphans’ Courts of the Commonwealth. Issues related to adoptions, adjudications of incapacity and the appointment of guardians are also overseen by the Orphans’ Court. The Orphans’ Courts in Pennsylvania operate under a distinct set of rules as a branch of each County Court. This necessitates that attorneys cultivate specific knowledge and experience related to these unique rules and issues.
While dealing with legal matters before the Orphans’ Court, the attorneys at Mette, Evans & Woodside are able draw from the resources of allied practice areas to give clients the exact blend of legal counsel required for their unique situation. Our experienced attorneys have represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in a diverse array of legal issues that arise in the jurisdiction of the Orphans’ Courts. These issues include will contests, malfeasance committed by those responsible for administering estates or trusts, defending those accused of harming an estate or trust, protecting individuals who are incapacitated and their assets, and disputes over the interpretation of wills or other legal documents.
Interpretation Of Trust Documents • Disputes Regarding Wills • Distribution Of Trust And Estate Assets • Appointing Guardians • Will Contests • Cy Pres Proceedings • Trust And Estate Accountings • Fee And Commission Challenges