Attorney Jake Kiessling focuses his legal practice in the areas of business succession and transactions, real estate, and estate and trust matters, and is a part of the Agricultural Law Group at Mette, Evans & Woodside. As a member of the Agricultural Law Group, he represents farm and agricultural business clients throughout Pennsylvania in a wide array of legal matters.
Outside of his agricultural law practice, Jake represents medical, dental, and other business owners in connection with business formation and operation and asset acquisition. He also represents clients in a variety of real estate transactions ranging from purchases of preserved farmland to commercial and industrial properties. In his estates and trusts practice, he represents clients whose estate planning needs vary from basic to highly complex, as well as financial institutions with respect to trust and estate administration issues.
Notably, Jake has extensive experience successfully negotiating favorable solar and other alternative energy leases on behalf of landowners across the state. He has presented seminars and podcasts on the topic of solar energy development and leasing practices for various organizations and has provided testimony as an invited panelist before the Pennsylvania Senate Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee with respect to solar industry leasing practices and preservation of Pennsylvania agricultural land.
A native of Dauphin County, Jake grew up on a small family farm in the Hummelstown area and now resides in New Cumberland with his wife and their two children. He enjoys fly fishing and fly tying, playing guitar, Penn State wrestling, and is an active member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hummelstown. Jake serves on the Lycoming College Alumni Association Executive Committee, the LutheranHANDS Foundation Board of Directors, and is an Officer of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Congregation Council.
- University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.
- Lycoming College, B.S., Anatomy & Physiology
- Pennsylvania Bar
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Mette, Evans & Woodside is pleased to announce the promotion of Jacob Kiessling to shareholder, effective January 1, 2022.
Attorney Jacob H. Kiessling testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Chaired by Senator Elder Vogel (R-47) on September 21, 2021.
Attorney Jacob H. Kiessling Featured as Presenter in 3-Part Series on Solar Energy and Leasing Practices in Pennsylvania
On September 8, 2021, Attorney Jacob H. Kiessling was the featured presenter for Part 3 of a three-part webinar series titled “Navigating the Leasing Process of Utility Scale Solar in Pennsylvania,” which was hosted by the Penn State Extension and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
Prior to 2018, the majority of solar leases entered into by land owners were for the production of on-farm electricity.
For nearly five decades, Pennsylvania landowners, particularly the State’s farmers, have benefitted from the preferential tax assessment program known as Clean and Green.
The second in a series of articles that addresses topics related to solar leases that are important to landowners.