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.

Biography

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.

Contact

215.732.3923

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Education
  • Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., English and Art History, cum laude
  • CopyrightX, Harvard Law School, HarvardX and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Community Involvement
  • Leah Stein Dance Company, Member
    – Board of Directors, 2015-2017
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    – Pathfinder, 2016
  • Young Involved Philadelphia
    – Board Prep Program, 2015
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
    – Volunteer, 2013-2015
    – Higginbotham Fellow, 2012
  • Senior Law Center
    – Volunteer, 2012
Languages
  • Spanish
Training and Publications
  • “NLRB Finds Northwestern Football Player Social Media Policy Fumbles” – Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, December 2016
  • “Professional Conduct: Close the Curtain on 2016” – Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, December 2016
  • “Would Kylie by Any Other Name Still Make Millions? The Rise of Trademark Disputes over Celebrity Branding” – Co-Author, Landslide: ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, December 2016
  • “Art Collecting 101: An Interactive Experience” – Panelist, Stanek Gallery, October 2016
  • “School Bells Ring in Brave New World of Digital Compliance” – Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, October 2016
  • “What In-House Counsel Need to Know About Pokémon Go” – Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, July 2016
  • “Title IX and Student Behavior on Social Media”
    – Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, July 2016

  • “Lessons from Two Recent Art Forgery Cases” – Author, Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law, May 2016

  • “Outsourcing IT While Protecting Student Data and Your Institution’s Reputation” – Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, March 2016
  • “Review of Recent Changes Relating to Handling of Client Funds” – Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, September 2015
  • “When an Online Griper Becomes a Cyber-Squatter” – Co-Author, The New Jersey Law Journal, September 2015
  • “Consciously Criminal: Cyberstalking and Internet Threats in the Third Circuit” – Co-Author, The New Jersey Law Journal, August 2015
  • “The Instagram Appropriator: Thief or Forward Thinker?” – Author, The Legal Intelligencer Blog, June 2015
  • “More than Just ‘Street Cred’: Why Intellectual Property Rights Matter to Street Artists” – Author, Center for Art Law, May 2015
  • “Finding a Firm with a Passion for the Arts” – Author, Law Practice Today, May, 2015
  • “Why Higher Ed is Being Hit with Defamation Suits” – Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, February 2015
  • “The Importance of Choosing and Building a Practice Area” – Author, The Legal Intelligencer, February 2015
  • “Legal Issues for Restaurants and Their Customers” – Co-Author, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Dining Out Program, December 2014

Where You Can See Me Next

@thelawsofmonet

Media Clips

  • The Legal Intelligencer – NLRB Finds Northwestern Football Player Social Media Policy Fumbles By Dina Leytes & Christine E. Weller January 4, 2017
  • American Bar Association – Would Kylie by Any Other Name Still Make Millions? The Rise of Trademark Disputes over Celebrity Branding By Dina Leytes & Christine E. Weller December 7, 2016
  • The Legal Intelligencer – School Bells Ring in Brave New World of Digital Compliance By Andrea Gosfield & Christine W. Weller October 7, 2016

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