Julia Jacobs van Leeuwen


Practice Areas


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Lipsitt Inn of Court


Julia van Leeuwen focuses her legal practice on a wide range of litigation areas. Her goal as an attorney is centered on obtaining fair results for her clients through effective legal advocacy.

Prior to joining Mette, Evans & Woodside, Julia worked as a Deputy District Attorney at the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office.  As a Deputy DA, she prioritized seeking just results for victims of crimes ranging from victim intimidation, assaults, and homicide. Julia tried over ten jury trials and numerous non-jury trials while at the District Attorney’s Office.  She carries those trial litigation skills into her role at Mette, Evans & Woodside.

Julia earned her law degree at the Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA. While at Dickinson Law, she was a member of the National Trial Team and an executive board member of the Appellate Moot Court Board. While acquiring her J.D., Julia also completed concentrations of study in both civil litigation and criminal litigation. Upon graduating, she was selected as a member of The Order of Barristers, which recognized her exceptional trial and appellate advocacy skills. 

Julia is admitted to practice in all state courts and administrative agencies within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Julia is married and lives in Harrisburg with her husband and beloved dog, “Dutch.” In her free time, she enjoys cheering on Penn State sports teams or reading a good book.


  • Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law, J.D.
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A.

Articles & Media

Pennsylvania Adopts PFAS Standards

Pennsylvania Adopts PFAS Standards

Pennsylvania has enacted a statewide drinking water limit on PFAS, two forms of highly toxic chemicals, nicknamed “forever chemicals.” The rule sets a limit of 14 parts per trillion for perfluorooctanoic acid and 18 parts per trillion for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, and applies to all 3,117 water systems in the Commonwealth. 

How to Contest a Will and Win in PA

How to Contest a Will and Win in PA

If there’s a glaring problem with a will, and you wish to contest it, here’s what you should know. Learn more from Mette Evans & Woodside.

A New Year’s Resolution: Estate Planning

A New Year’s Resolution: Estate Planning

Estate planning, despite the growing number of available resources designed to educate and assist the general public with this important process, can still be a very difficult topic to tackle.