Spencer M. Wertheimer, Esquire specializes in personal injury trial law and intellectual property.
He also has represented the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority in several cases dealing with Civil Rights in the United States Supreme Court. He has practiced law for over thirty years. Chairman of the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), he was also the Chairman of the Mayor’s Arts and Culture Advisory Counsel from 1991 to 1999 and is a Grammy voter and voting member of the National Association for Recording Artists. He was Vice Chairman of both the Philadelphia Music Alliance and the Philadelphia Art Alliance and sits on the Board of the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Mr. Wertheimer is a Member of all Pennsylvania and Federal Courts including the United States Supreme Court and was cited as a “trial lawyer stalwart” for work in trying the landmark case of Reinhart v. City of Philadelphia, discussed in 15 ATL477. He also argued and won unanimous reversal in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the landmark case of Tropiano v. Travelers Insurance Company, 455 Pa.380, 319A2d426 (1974) discussed in 17ATLA5, p 211., June 1974. A former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania he is a frequent arbitrator and member of American Arbitration Association and he has lectured on Civil Trial Practice at Temple University Law School.
Mr. Wertheimer represented the Fraternal Order of Police successfully in injunction matters and was named by Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia as Special Consulting Attorney to Market Street East and later was retained as outside counsel by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority specifically charged with union relations, civil rights litigation and arts programs. He successfully represented the Redevelopment Authority in separate cases of Banks, Klein, and Rosenthal v. Redevelopment Authority, all reported in the Federal Supplement, dealing with civil rights, and in various “right to know” litigation, in the United States Supreme Court. He has conducted seminars for the Philadelphia Bar Association on representing performing artists at the University of the Arts.
He was Chief Counsel of Pennsylvania State Senate Committee investigating the State Correction Bureau’s Administration for the Work Release and Furlough Programs and was called to address the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee on Election Reform.
He has represented clients in several states and foreign countries. In intellectual property matters he has represented Academy, Tony and Grammy Award winners and nominees and performing and visual artists throughout the world.
Mr. Wertheimer has sat on the Arts’ Advisory Board of the Princess Grace Foundation, was Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia Music Alliance and was a Board Member of the Wilma Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet and Philadelphia Theatre Company. He was President of Historic Rittenhouse.
Mr. Wertheimer is also a Playwright having written “Your Simone” (Performed in 2004 at 45 Bleeker, New York City), an Adaptation of Brechts “Arturo Ui” (Performed in 1975, Pocket Playhouse, Philadelphia, PA), “Brechts Revolt” (Performed in 1981 at “Little Theatre,” New York City), “Selective Justice” (Performed at Spoletto Festival, Charleston, SC) and “Verdict in Detroit” which was Performed at the Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA and was National winner of the Harold Kohn Award for “Plays Involving the Law”.