John A. Wetzel

John A. Wetzel, Partner

John A. Wetzel, Partner - West Chester PA Law Firm Wetzel Gagliardi & Fetter LLCJohn specializes in bankruptcy, commercial transactions, wills, trusts, and estate planning and administration. He has a certificate from Temple University School of Law’s Graduate Tax Program in Estate Planning. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

As an adjunct professor at Widener University School of Law, John teaches Corporate Reorganization, Chapter 11, and has also lectured on Business Law and Consumer Bankruptcy Practice and Procedure at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, University of Vilnius, Lithuania and ETLE University, Budapest Hungary. John has represented clients in the Enron, Adelphia, Nortel and Orleans Builders bankruptcy cases, as well as clients in the United States Bankruptcy courts in Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. He served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1965.

Practice Areas

• Bankruptcy Law
• Estate Planning and Administration
• Wills and Trusts
• Business and Commercial Transactions
• Orphans’ Court Litigation


• Chester County, Philadelphia and New York State Bar Associations
• Chester County and Philadelphia Estate Planning Councils
• American Bankruptcy Institute
• Commercial Law League of America
• Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, Board Member
• Widener University School of Law, Board of Overseers
• Widener University School of Law, Adjunct Professor
• Widener University School of Law Alumni Association, Past President

Community Involvement

• Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, Board Member
• Chester County Legal Aid Access to Justice for Indigents, Pro Bono Services
• Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union, General Counsel


• Widener University School of Law, Adjunct Professor – Corporate Reorganization Ch. 11 (2000-Present)
• Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Education Committee (1993-Present)
• Pennsylvania Bar Institute – Consumer Bankruptcy (1997)
• Delaware County Community College – Business Law (1981-1982)
• Temple University School of Law, Certificate in Estate Planning
• Widener University School of Law, J.D.
• Temple University, B.A. in Political Science


• New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York State Courts
• U.S. Supreme Court
• U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd and 3rd Circuits
• U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
• U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
• U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York