Attorney Jacob (“Jake”) H. Kiessling focuses his legal practice in the areas of business succession planning, real estate, and estate and trust matters, and is a part of the Agricultural Law Group at Mette, Evans & Woodside, representing farm and agricultural business clients throughout Pennsylvania in a wide array of legal matters, including, among others, succession and farm transfer planning. In addition to his agricultural law practice, Jake represents medical, dental, professional consulting, manufacturing and retail business owners in connection with the formation, operation, sale and purchase of businesses and related business matters and transactions. Jake has represented clients in a variety of real estate matters, including purchases of preserved farmland and commercial apartment complexes, and, notably, has extensive experience successfully negotiating favorable solar and other alternative energy leases on behalf of landowners across the state. In his estates and trusts practice, Jake 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.
Prior to joining Mette, Evans & Woodside, Jake studied at The University of Baltimore School of Law. As a law student, he clerked for a solo practitioner in Baltimore, Maryland, and served as a judicial intern for the Honorable William T. Tully of the Court of Common Pleas for Dauphin County. Jake joined Mette, Evans & Woodside following his graduation from the University of Baltimore.
Jake attended Lycoming College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Anatomy & Physiology and a minor in Political Science. As a student at Lycoming, Jake was involved on campus as a member of the wrestling team, Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity, Interfraternity Council, Order of Omega Leadership Honor Society, Beta-Beta-Beta National Biology Honor Society and Alpha Epsilon Delta National Pre-Health Honor Society.
A native of Dauphin County, Jake grew up on a small family farm in the Hummelstown area. Currently, Jake resides in New Cumberland with his wife and son. Jake enjoys fly fishing and fly tying, playing guitar, Penn State wrestling, and is an active member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hummelstown.
- University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.
- Lycoming College, B.S., Anatomy & Physiology
- Pennsylvania Bar
Articles & Media
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.
The nature of agricultural land, being undeveloped and of high acreage, makes Pennsylvania’s farmland ideal for commercial solar projects.
One of the biggest issues faced by partners of family-owned businesses is dealing with co-owning family members as business partners, rather than as family members.