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Jacob Wyland is an experienced criminal defense attorney practicing in Western Pennsylvania.  He spent five years working as a Deputy District Attorney in Harrisburg and in that time handled over one thousand adult and juvenile cases including criminal homicides, felony drug cases, simple possession cases, arsons, DUIs, assaults, burglaries, robberies, thefts, and sex offenses.   


 Mr. Wyland is well respected by the judges, magistrates, police officers and attorneys the he has appeared before, worked with and opposed.  He has been recognized as very poised advocate, with an impressive court room presence and demeanor and as the epitome of the professional, articulate, well prepared attorney.

Mr. Wyland was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh into a large extended family who taught him what it meant to work hard, the value of loyalty and commitment and that everyone deserves to be treated with respect.


After college Mr. Wyland went to work for a warehouse and logistics company in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  While in Harrisburg he put himself through law school at night as he continued to work during the day.  Mr. Wyland’s skill in the courtroom was evident as he successfully competed in moot court and trial advocacy competitions, reaching the moot court finals in back-to-back years and winning the competition in his third year.  In addition he was selected as a member of the Order of Barristers, an honorary award given to the school’s top advocates.  


 Following law school Mr. Wyland went to work as an Deputy District Attorney in the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  He spent five years honing his skills as a criminal attorney.  During that time Mr. Wyland prosecuted over one thousand adult and juvenile cases including criminal homicides, child sex and physical abuse cases, felony drug cases, arsons, DUI cases, assaults, burglaries, robberies and thefts.


Mr. Wyland received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Jefferson College, with a major in Political Science.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law and is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania courts and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    10 years, 1.3 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    10 years, 600 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert Joseph Perkins

    Jacob is an experienced and accomplished criminal defense attorney. He is also a true professional and provides excellent client service.


    Robert Perkins Criminal defense Attorney
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    I've known and worked with Mr. Wyland for about 3 years. He's one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the area. He treats his clients with the utmost respect. He provides each client with an honest assessment of his or her situation and works diligently to get the best results. Also, he is very personable and works well with the judges and the assistant district attorneys in western Pennsylvania. I know that if I ever found myself in a situation of the criminal nature, I would definitely hire Mr. Wyland. He is trustworthy and I, without hesitation, would put my trust in him.


    C. Nooning
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Wyland Defense, LLC

5458 Steubenville Pike Ste D
Wyland Defense Llc
Mc Kees Rocks, PA, 15136-1419


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentWyland Defense LLC2012 - Present
AssociateCampbell Durrant Beatty Palombo & Miller P.C.2010 - 2012
Deputy District AttorneyDauphin County District Attorney's Office2005 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationTop 100 Trial Lawyers2014 - 2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Washington and Jefferson CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996