Christine Wechsler Rayer
Executive Deputy General Counsel Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel
Christine Wechsler Rayer was appointed Executive Deputy General Counsel for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) in May 2014. Prior to her appointment as Executive Deputy, she served as Deputy General Counsel from February 2013. Her primary responsibilities encompass all criminal legal issues at OGC and she serves as the primary contact with law enforcement agencies. Christine is also Chair of the Criminal Justice Practice Group. In partnership, she also serves as liaison counsel to the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, the Criminal Law Division of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Office of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Judicial Conduct Board, the Juvenile Court Judges Commission, and the Office of State Fire Commissioner. Her primary responsibilities encompass all criminal legal issues at OGC and she serves as the primary contact with law enforcement agencies. Christine is also Chair of the Criminal Justice Practice Group.
Christine served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office since 2002. In 2008, she was appointed to the District Attorney’s Homicide Unit and prosecuted capital and felony murder cases. Christine also conducted complex grand jury investigations. Prior to that, Christine was a major trials prosecutor and handled numerous felony cases including attempted murder, drug distribution, robbery, and burglary cases. She has tried over fifty criminal jury trials to verdict on behalf of the Commonwealth. In 2011, Christine was appointed to serve as the legislative liaison to the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association and became the Assistant Chief of the Legislation and Policy Unit, representing all of the statewide elected District Attorneys before the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Christine received her juris doctor in 2002 from Temple University Beasley School of Law where she served as President of the Moot Court Honor Society and received the Samuel Polsky Scholarship for outstanding oral advocacy in competition. Christine attended College of the Holy Cross, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Classics in 1999.