Christine Wechsler Rayer
Christine Wechsler Rayer is a career litigator with extensive experience representing and counseling clients on complex statutory and regulatory issues, as well as civil, criminal, and grand jury matters, including supervising a wide range of federal and state investigations and conducting internal investigations.
Prior to joining Elliott Greenleaf, Christine served in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel as the Executive Deputy General Counsel for Criminal Justice and Investigations. In this leadership role, Christine counseled the Governor and his Cabinet, as well as officials and employees of the 36 executive and independent agencies, regarding grand jury matters; Office of Inspector General and Department of Justice investigations; enforcement actions; regulatory and compliance issues; internal investigations; and criminal justice issues.
Christine’s experience uniquely positions her to effectively review and recommend best practices to ensure statutory and regulatory compliance. A former prosecutor in the Homicide Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she handled countless high-profile cases, Christine appreciates high stakes and the importance of strict compliance with governing standards. Christine’s notable representations include:
Counseling a Fortune 500 company regarding compliance with federal financial regulations, government ethics rules, and statutory obligations.
Working with a major state university to ensure compliance with Title IX federal regulations.
Directing counsel for the Pennsylvania State Police regarding internal investigations; policies, procedures and regulations, training protocols, and Department of Justice inquiries.
Directing executive branch responses to criminal and civil investigations by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Offices of Inspector General, and law enforcement.
Conducting complex grand jury investigations, including inquiries into the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of State regarding ambulatory surgical facilities, doctors, and healthcare practices within to uncover institutional deficiencies.
Prior to her public service for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Christine served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, where she tried over 50 jury trials to verdict, prosecuting capital and non-capital murder cases, as a member of the Homicide Unit. Christine also conducted several, complex grand jury investigations, including the grand jury of abortion doctor and convicted killer, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, and the York Street Fire at the Thomas Buck Hosiery Factory.
Christine also served as the Assistant Chief of Policy and Legislation and Legislative Liaison for the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, representing all District Attorneys in the Commonwealth before the General Assembly on legislative initiatives and policy matters. She drafted legislation regarding public safety and criminal issues, and coordinated issues for the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association.
In January 2015, Christine was appointed Commissioner to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, where she continues to serve the public’s interests by promoting efficiency in the criminal justice system and in the delivery of victim services. In 2014, Christine was selected to become an inaugural mentor for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship program in Philadelphia, a program designed to inspire, motivate, and empower at- risk young women during their high school years. Christine has lectured at the National Governor’s Association, OGC University, Temple University’s Criminal Justice program, and the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute.
She received her juris doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law where she served as President of the Moot Court Honor Society and won the Samuel Polsky Scholarship for outstanding oral advocacy in competition. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Christine obtained her degree in Classics, and was a member of the varsity Women’s Field Hockey team and a class officer. Christine is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (“NACUA”) and serves as on the Board of Trustees for Merion Mercy Academy. She is a resident of Delaware County, where she lives with her husband Tim and their children.