Rachel M. Wertheimer

Rachel M. Wertheimer: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Counsel at Verrill Dana LLP
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Rachel Wertheimer is a trial and appellate attorney representing businesses of all stripes to resolve their complex, bet-the-company commercial disputes. Rachel represents financial institutions, insurance companies, real estate developers and manufacturers, among others in state and federal courts throughout the country.

    Rachel has litigated complex cases in diverse arenas. For example, Rachel’s real estate litigation experience includes an inter-lender dispute relating to a $500 million mixed-use development and a lender-borrower dispute involving a 60-floor hotel and residential tower in Manhattan. Rachel’s work on behalf of financial institutions includes securities litigation and an SEC investigation relating to the sale of mortgage-backed securities, litigation relating to mortgage-servicing practices, and consumer litigation relating to credit card practices. Rachel has represented insurance companies in coverage litigation relating to environmental contamination and asbestos, among other claims. Rachel has also handled numerous internal investigations, including investigations into accounting practices, anti-money laundering practices, employee misconduct and the sale of financial products.



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Rachel Wertheimer is a trial and appellate attorney representing businesses of all stripes to resolve their complex, bet-the-company commercial disputes. Rachel also has significant experience representing companies and individuals in administrative proceedings and appeals, white collar criminal matters, government investigations and antitrust disputes. Rachel represents businesses in the industries of finance, health care, insurance, real estate lending and developing and manufacturing, among many others.

Since joining Verrill Dana in 2012, Rachel has represented some of the region’s most significant businesses with their most complex disputes. For example, she represented the Maine Montreal & Atlantic Railway with respect to potential criminal charges stemming from the historic accident in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, and Canada’s largest utility company in an appeal to the Maine Supreme Court regarding administrative agency approval of a $500 million transaction. She represented one of Maine’s largest health care administrators in a dispute relating to a joint venture to create a new commercial insurance product for Maine employers. She also represented a Massachusetts hospital system in seeking antitrust approval for a highly-publicized merger with another large Boston-based hospital system.

Rachel developed her litigation skills in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, an international law firm of over 1,000 attorneys, where Rachel was an associate and then a litigation partner. At Morrison & Foerster, Rachel represented executives of one of the country’s largest financial institutions in an SEC investigation into the company’s sale of mortgage-backed securities, and another of the country’s largest financial institutions in a Department of Justice investigation into their mortgage servicing practices. Rachel has also represented individuals in accounting fraud and insider-trading investigations. On the civil side, Rachel has represented a commercial lender in an inter-lender dispute relating to a $500 million mixed-use development, and another commercial lender with respect to a 60-floor hotel and residential tower in Manhattan. Rachel has represented insurance companies in coverage litigation relating to environmental contamination and asbestos, among other claims. Rachel has also handled numerous internal investigations, including investigations into accounting practices, anti-money laundering practices, employee misconduct and the sale of financial products.

Rachel has been committed to pro bono since her first days of practicing. Rachel has represented numerous asylum applicants, handled impact litigation on behalf of under-served public education students, represented the unemployed in their quest for unemployment insurance and defended individuals charged with drug crimes in plea negotiations. Rachel was a long-time member of her prior firm’s pro bono committee and supervised numerous associates in their pro bono representation.

In her spare time, and when not chauffeuring her son to various practices and games, Rachel enjoys running, reading and visiting Portland’s growing number of restaurants and breweries.

Honors

Named a Local Litigation Star for Appellate and General Commercial by
Benchmark Litigation
Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2015, 2017)

Public Service

Board Member, Girls on the Run - Maine
Former Member, Legal Advisory Board, Sanctuary for Families

Highlights

Local Litigation Star in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Recognized as Katahdin Counsel in 2017.

Experience

Emera Ownership of Generation
The Group represented Emera in a lengthy case addressing the extent to which the Maine Restructuring Act prevents affiliates of e a Maine T&D utility from acquiring ownership of generation facilities. In 2011, Emera sought approval of two acquisitions: 25% ownership of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. and a joint venture with First Wind to develop new wind projects in the Northeast. The acquisitions generated extensive litigation before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Maine Supreme Judicial Court both before and after Emera closed the transactions. Ultimately, Emera decided to unwind both transactions.

News

February 26, 2018

Verrill Dana Attorneys “Recommended” for Litigation; Two Listed among Nation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

December 5, 2016

Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Martha C. Gaythwaite, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

July 27, 2016

Mass. Hospital Says Suit Against Competitor Wasn't Sham
Media Mentions
Thomas O. Bean, Jeffrey L. Heidt, John W. Van Lonkhuyzen, Rachel M. Wertheimer

November 18, 2015

Nine Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

January 22, 2015

Verrill Dana Attorneys Help to Launch Maine Chapter of Federal Bar Association
Timothy R. Shannon, John W. Van Lonkhuyzen, Rachel M. Wertheimer

November 7, 2014

Verrill Dana Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Service
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Seth S. Coburn, Michael J. Donlan, Jonathan M. Dunitz, Katie M. Gray, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

November 4, 2014

Verrill Dana is Most Highly Recognized Firm in Maine in 2015 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

August 20, 2012

Verrill Dana’s Beach to Beacon Team Hits the Road to Raise Money
Press Releases
Eric D. Altholz, Charles P. Bacall, Robert C. Brooks, Roger A. Clement, Jr., John P. Giffune, Kenneth F. Ginder, Jennifer L. Harrell, Nathaniel R. Hull, Gretchen A. Johnson, Lisa A. LaMarche, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer

April 13, 2012

Verrill Dana Welcomes Rachel Wertheimer to Its Portland Office
Press Releases
Rachel M. Wertheimer

Publications

September 5, 2014

A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in Maine
Published Works

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Litigation & Trial
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Professional Liability
  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar & Government Enforcement
  • Energy
  • Energy - Judicial Appeals
  • Business & Commercial Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4620  Phone
(207) 253-4621  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/rwertheimer
University Attended:
University of Michigan, M.A., 1996; University of Vermont, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993
Law School Attended:
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., with honors, 1998
Year of First admission:
2000
Admission:
2013, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; 2000, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; 2012, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 2002, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; 2013, U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont; 2009, U.S. Court of Appeals (Second Circuit); 1999, New York; 2012, Maine; 2012, Massachusetts
Memberships:

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association

ISLN:
913255221

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