Francine Friedman Griesing
Francine Friedman Griesing is the founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law, LLC. Fran is a valued, strategic advisor to top executives and general counsel at the region’s and country’s largest corporations and institutions.
What do you focus on?
My practice focuses primarily on providing clients with a high level of expertise in defending high stakes litigation arising out of complex business transactions and handling sensitive employment matters for corporate clients through litigation and alternate dispute resolution.
What do you see on the horizon?
Clients continue to be concerned about reducing risk, managing legal expense and anticipating problems before they arise. They are looking for advisors who can solve problems practically without incurring unnecessary expense. Increasingly, boutique law firms, such as ours, are demonstrating their ability to exceed expectations in this increasingly complex world.
Fran has over thirty years of experience representing clients in complex business transactions, high stakes litigation and alternate dispute resolution matters. As former Litigation Chair for Philadelphia from 1997 to 2000, handling over 2,000 cases per year, Fran evaluated cases early and often with a view towards avoiding unnecessary work. She applies that early assessment strategy to all matters to spare clients expense. She also draws upon her experience as a neutral arbitrator and mediator to craft resolutions that reduce risk and limit liability. Griesing’s clients include public and closely held companies, not-for-profit organizations and executives, predominately in the hospitality, technology, chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. She makes sure to learn each client’s business objectives so that the legal expense provides real value, and the results achieved help the bottom line.
Chambers and Partners USA, a leading directory of the legal profession, has noted that clients describe her as “intensely detail-focused and a persuasive and energetic litigator” with a “professional and personable manner.” Chambers has also expressly recognized her for her work in the hospitality industry, and for her “practical and down-to-earth counsel.” According to Client Choice, which recognizes law firm partners around the world that stand apart for their excellent client care and quality of service, “Fran is a level-headed and highly skilled practitioner who has been invaluable in helping reach settlements and, when necessary, litigating complex commercial disputes.”
Prior to launching Griesing Law, LLC in 2010, she practiced law at top tier firms in New York and Philadelphia and she also served as Chair of Litigation of Philadelphia’s City Solicitor’s Office under former Mayor Edward G. Rendell, who later served as Governor of Pennsylvania. As the City’s top trial lawyer, Griesing advised the Mayor, ranking administration officials and City Council on cutting-edge legal issues, supervising 75 lawyers plus staff, and overseeing outside counsel. As the City’s lead attorney on several high-profile matters, she is accustomed to working with a diverse constituency and performing under public scrutiny.
An honors graduate of Binghamton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review, Griesing a highly sought speaker and writer and is also featured in The Road to Independence, 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Firms. She has been recognized by Chambers and Partners USA, Best Lawyers in America, Client Choice Guide USA, and Pennsylvania SuperLawyers. She has been acknowledged on The Legal Intelligencer’s Women of the Year; Pennsylvania SuperLawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers; Woman to Watch; Greater Philadelphia Woman of Distinction; one of the Governor’s Best 50 Women in Business; a SmartCEO Brava! Leader and Legal Elite; and Philly Biz Executives of the Year. Griesing also received the Philadelphia Bar Education Center’s Excellence in Legal Education Award and the American Bar Association’s Excellence in Legal Writing Award. She has taught Business Law, Public Employment Law and Advocacy Skills at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and Fox School of Business & Management and has been a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Griesing is included on the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals for commercial and employment matters, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution neutrals list for commercial, employment and hotel franchise matters, and the Philadelphia Commerce Court Judge Pro Tempore list.