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.
Named a Local Litigation Star for Appellate and General Commercial by
Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2015, 2017)
Board Member, Girls on the Run - Maine
Former Member, Legal Advisory Board, Sanctuary for Families
Local Litigation Star in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
Recognized as Katahdin Counsel in 2017.
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.
February 26, 2018
Verrill Dana Attorneys “Recommended” for Litigation; Two Listed among Nation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rachel M. Wertheimer
September 5, 2014
A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in Maine
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