Christine E. Weller
Christine Weller is an Associate in the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group.
What do you focus on?
My practice focuses primarily on intellectual property, new media, nonprofit, hospitality, and employment law matters.
What do you see on the horizon?
Creative collaborations that utilize new and developing technologies to produce work that pushes boundaries. Clients are looking for an advisor who not only understands the process of creative output, but who can also help them understand how the quickly developing legal landscape in arts and tech will impact their working relationships and the unique projects that they develop.
Christine works closely with for-profit, higher education, and nonprofit clients on intellectual property and new media matters including commission agreements, copyright and trademark clearances, reviewing licensing requests, privacy policies, and data retention policies. She advises on employment matters, including Pennsylvania background check requirements, and employee screening.
Christine also assists on nonprofit governance issues including bylaw review and nonprofit tax compliance on the local, state, and federal level. Christine has a broad background in charitable planned giving, and has worked with general counsel at two large nonprofit institutions to make promised gifts a success for the public, the donor, and the receiving institution.
Christine graduated cum laude from Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Art History and English. At Drexel, Christine focused her study on areas where art and the law intersect which included an independent study of the Art Advisory Panel of the IRS. She received an award for the best student performance in copyrights, and was selected to serve as a research assistant by both her constitutional law and trusts and estates professors. Christine was also actively involved with the Women’s Law Society, and the Drexel Summer Theory Institute.
Before law school, Christine worked within the visual arts sector. She has worked with collectors, university art galleries, private and public collections, alternative arts and culture spaces, auction houses, art fairs, international art scholars and curators, as well as local and international artists. While working as the collections manager of a university art collection, she developed her interest in copyrights, new media, trusts and estates, taxes, and nonprofit law.
Outside the firm, Christine sits on the Board of Directors for the Leah Stein Dance Company. She has completed the 2016 Pathfinder Program for the Legal Counsel on Legal Diversity and Young Involved Philadelphia’s Board Prep Program in 2015. She was also a Higginbotham Fellow at the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and has volunteered with the Senior Law Center.