John A. Wetzel, Partner

John’s practice includes 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 taught the Corporate Reorganization & Chapter 11 course, 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


Temple University School of Law, Certificate in Estate Planning

Widener University School of Law, J.D.

Temple University, B.A. in Political Science


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, Retired Board Member

Widener University School of Law, Board of Overseers, Retired Board Member

Widener University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Retired

Widener University School of Law Alumni Association, Past President

Community Involvement

Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, Retired Board Member

Chester County Bar Association Access to Justice Program, Pro Bono Services

Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union, General Counsel


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

Lectures & Academic Positions

Widener University School of Law, Adjunct Professor – Corporate Reorganization Ch. 11 (2000-2015)

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Education Committee (1993-2010)

Pennsylvania Bar Institute – Consumer Bankruptcy (1997)

Delaware County Community College – Business Law (1981-1982)