Francine Friedman Griesing

Ethics/Professional Responsibility/Privilege

  • “Breakout Session with LCLD Members” – Panelist, Annual Membership Meeting of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity – Chicago, October 2016
  • “Who Are Women Lawyers ‘Leaning in’ To?” – Panelist, Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar & Annual Conference – Atlantic City, September 2016
  • “Brave New World: Latest Trends in Law Department Operations” – Moderator, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 2015 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo, Los Angeles, September 2015
  • “Walking the Ethical Line” – Speaker, Brewery and Distillery Law in Philadelphia, National Business Institute – Philadelphia, June 2015
  • “Table Manners: Ethical Issues Raised by Representing Restaurants and Foodservice Establishments” – Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Dining Out Program – Philadelphia, December 2014
  • “Grittiness of Female Lawyers” – Speaker, The Duckworth Lab, The University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, November 2014
  • “It’s A New World: How Technology Has Changed Our Ethical Duties” – Co-Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Business Lawyers’ Institute – Philadelphia, November 2014
  • “What Keeps General Counsels Up At Night” – Moderator, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Business Lawyers’ Institute – Philadelphia, November 2013
  • “On Her Own…Why Women Are Leaving BigLaw to Start Their Own Firms” – Speaker, Ark Group’s Women Legal 2013 – New York, June 2013
  • “Taking the High Road: How to Deal Ethically with Bullies Who Don’t Play by the Rules” – Moderator, ABA Section of Litigation, 2013 Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar – Hollywood, FL, February 2013
  • “Effective Strategies for Mastering the Procurement Process” – Author, The Legal Intelligencer, October 2012
  • “Dealing Effectively with Bullies, Rulebreakers and Unprofessional Adversaries: How to Balance Vigorous Advocacy with Ethical Constraints” – Moderator, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 2012 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo – Atlanta, October 2012
  • “Ethics Alert: Multimillion Dollar Legal Malpractice Verdicts – A Teachable Moment for all Lawyers”– Speaker, Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 11th CLE Expo – Chicago, March 2012
  • “What Every Business Lawyer Should Know About Ethical Duties And Attorney Client Privilege” – Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Business Lawyers’ Institute – Philadelphia, November 2011
  • What Hat Are We Wearing Today? Effectively and Ethically Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege as Corporate Counsel” – Moderator, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 2011 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo – Las Vegas, September 2011
  • “Did They Really Post That On The Internet?  Getting Your Company Ready For Social Media And Employees Who Blog, Tweet, And Facebook” – Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Business Lawyers’ Institute – Philadelphia, November 2010
  • “Ethics Potpourri: Top Five Mistakes to Avoid” – Speaker, 8th Annual Hospitality Law Conference – Houston, February 2010
  • “Ethics Challenges for Advising Hospitality Clients in Anti-trust Matters” – Speaker, Hospitality Law Seminar for the Eastern Region – Baltimore, May 2009
  • “Communicating Ethically Online” – Speaker, 7th Annual Hospitality Law Conference – Houston, February 2009
  •  “Antitrust Traps in the Hospitality Industry & Related Ethical Questions” – Speaker, 6th Annual Hospitality Law Conference – Houston, February 2008
  • “Ethical Considerations: Document Retention and Destruction” – Speaker, Lorman Education Services – Harrisburg, May 2007
  • “Protecting Against the Loss of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Complex International Transactions” – Author, Probate and Property (American Bar Association), March/April 2007
  • “Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege Ethically,” Speaker, 5th Annual Hospitality Law Conference in February 2007
  • Ethical Challenges When Representing Clients Across the Borders; Planning Ahead – Protecting Clients Against the Loss of Privilege Protections” – Speaker, American Bar Association Joint Meeting of Tax and Real Estate Property and Probate Sections, November 2006
  • “Ethical Challenges when Representing Clients Across Borders” & “Planning Ahead – Protecting Clients Against the Loss of Privilege Protections” – Co-Chair, American Bar Association, October 2006
  • “In the Face of Growing Challenges – Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege” – Author, GC MidAtlantic Magazine, January 2006
  • “Four Myths About Attorney-Client Privilege – And Tips for Protecting Yourself” – Author, Central Penn Business Journal, December 2005
  • “In the Face of Growing Challenges, Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege in the Corporate Context” – Author, Executive Legal Advisor, Winter 2005
  • “Four Myths About Attorney-Client Privilege: What Every Healthcare Executive Should Know”  – Author, Western PA Hospital News, November 2005
  • “Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege: Is It an Endangered Species?” – Author, The Legal Intelligencer, October 2005
  • “Taking the High Road: Civility and Ethics” – Course Planner, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2003
  • “Employees Online: An Employer Guide to Avoiding Embarrassment and Exposure” – Author, August 2001
  • “Reducing Your Online Risk” – Author, SBN Magazine, July 2001; reprinted, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, September 2001
  • “Legal Ethics for Lawyering On-Line” – Keynote Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Institute – Philadelphia, April /January 2001


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  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD; cum laude
  • Binghamton University (SUNY – Harpur College), magna cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Chambers & Partners, USA Guide 2008 – 2015
    – Litigation
  • Best Lawyers, 2012-2016
    – Litigation – Municipal; Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Client Choice Guide USA, 2014-2015
    – Pennsylvania – Litigation
  • Super Lawyers, 2004 – 2010; 2013-15
    – Selected by survey of Pennsylvania lawyers as one of the top lawyers
    – Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania (2014)
  • The Legal Intelligencer’s Women of the Year, 2014
    – Included in the annual listing honor Pennsylvania’s top women lawyers
  • SmartCEO Law Firm of the Year, 2014
    – Recognized as top law firm in Philadelphia region
  • Best Law Firms, 2014
    – Philadelphia, Tier 1, Litigation — Labor & Employment
  • SmartCEO Brava! Awards, 2012; 2013
    – Recognized as one of 25 local women business leaders for her irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community
    – Received Brava! Hall of Fame Award in 2013
  • SmartCEO Legal Elite, 2010-2012
    – Included in the Legal Elite Readers Poll
  • American Bar Association Excellence in Legal Writing Award, 2007
    – Selected for best technology/law practice management article by Real Property, Estate and Tax Section
  • Greater Philadelphia Women of Distinction, 1998
    – Recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal for distinguished professional accomplishment and community contributions impacting the Greater Philadelphia region. Member of Award Advisory Committee, 1999.
  • Excellence in Legal Education Award, 1998
    – Selected from hundreds of lawyers for Philadelphia Bar Education Center inaugural award for program planning and presentation skills.
  • Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, 1996
    – Recognized by Department of Commerce, Governor’s Commission for Women and Pennsylvania’s five Business Journals for professional and personal accomplishments, influence, competence and advocacy in business community.
  • Pennsylvania Honor Roll for Women, 1996
    – Recognized for professional and community activities.
  • Women to Watch, 1996
    – Selected by Business Philadelphia as one of the region’s professional “women of impact” who is “changing the face” of corporate America.
Community Involvement
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    – Member, 2016
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
    – Board of Directors, 2015-2016
  • Women Presidents’ Organization
    – Member, 2015-2016
  • PHL Diversity
    – Board of Advisors, 2014-2016
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
    – Co-Chair, Retail Restaurant & Hospitality Practice Area Committee, 2015
  • Annual Meeting Host/Executive Committee Co-Chair, 2014
  • Annual Meeting CLE Committee Co-Chair, 2013
  • The Forum of Executive Women
    – Board of Directors, 2000-01; Member


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