Christine M. Wechsler

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Christine M. Wechsler is a seasoned litigator, investigator, and public servant who represents and counsels clients on complex statutory and regulatory issues, as well as civil, criminal, and grand jury matters. Christine’s vast experience allows her to navigate both complex legal issues with precision, skill, and compassion while tenaciously advocating her clients. She concentrates her practice in civil litigation and routinely conducts internal investigations for institutions of higher education, governmental entities, and businesses in the private sector, representing corporate and individual clients in a variety of high-profile and sensitive matters. The hallmark of her practice is recommending reforms and implementing best practices for her clients.

Christine M. Wechsler

Legal Experience That Stands Out

Prior to joining Elliott Greenleaf in 2015, Christine served as the Executive Deputy General Counsel for Criminal Justice and Investigations in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel. She oversaw all investigations pertaining to Pennsylvania’s 36 executive and independent agencies and counseled the Governor and his Cabinet, as well as officials and employees of the Commonwealth regarding regulatory and compliance issues; Department of Justice investigations; federal and state enforcement actions; grand jury matters; and criminal justice issues. Christine personally conducted internal investigations at the Governor’s request and recommended policy and procedural reforms based on best practices.

Previously, she served for more than 10 years as Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, where she tried over 50 jury trials to verdict, prosecuting murder cases, as a senior member of the Homicide Unit. Christine also conducted several complex grand jury investigations, most notably the grand jury investigation into abortion doctor and convicted killer, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, and the York Street Fire at the Thomas Buck Hosiery Factory.  She also served as the legislative liaison for the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association in Harrisburg shepherding victim-centered trauma-informed legislation through the General Assembly.

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. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Merion Mercy Academy. Christine is an Adjunct Professor of teaching Investigations at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

While earning her J.D. at Temple University Beasely School of Law, Christine served as President of the Moot Court Honor Society and won the Samuel Polsky Scholarship for outstanding oral advocacy in competition.

Representative Matters

  • Counseling a Fortune 500 company regarding compliance with federal financial regulations, government ethics rules, and statutory obligations.
  • Working with colleges and universities to ensure compliance with federal regulations, NCAA regulations, and conducting Title IX investigations.
  • Conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporate and government entities.
  • Serve as corporate counsel to regional engineering firm regarding internal policies and procedures.
  • Routinely oversees corporate and institutional responses to Department of Justice inquiries regarding civil and criminal investigations.

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Education
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1999
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Honors and Awards
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2020
  • Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2016-2017