Francine Friedman Griesing

Negotiation and Business Issues

  • “Law Firm Management in the New Normal” – Coach, Group Challenge Pitch Day at the University of Pennsylvania Law School – Philadelphia, April 2017
  • “Women’s Leadership Roundtable” – Facilitator, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, November 2016
  • “The Business Side of Managing Small & Mid-Size Law Practice” – Panelist, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law – Philadelphia, October 2016
  • “Rise of the Boomer Entrepreneur” – Co-Author, Philadelphia Business Journal, October 2016
  • “Mentoring Event in Partnership with Clarifi” – Speaker, The Forum of Executive Women – Philadelphia, May 2016
  • “Starting Your Own Law Practice” – Moderator, Inaugural Penn Law Women’s Summit  – Philadelphia, March 2016
  • “A Dozen Great Reasons: The Challenges and Triumphs of Starting Your Own Firm” – Co-Author, American Bar Association Law Practice Management, March 2016
  • “Client Leverage & Law Firm Management” – Guest Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School – Philadelphia, February 2016
  • “Maximizing the Benefit of Practice Area Committees” – Moderator, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 2015 Business Meeting – New Orleans, February 2016
  • “Join the Pack: An In-Depth Look at NAMWOLF” – Co-Author, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Winter 2016, January 2016
  • “Executive Leadership Presence” – Panelist, Executive Leadership Presentation, Half the Sky Leadership Institute – Philadelphia, April 2015
  • “Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurial Law: Two Halves of a Whole” – Guest Lecturer, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University – Philadelphia, October 2014
  • “Overcoming Career Challenges and Changes” – Moderator, Penn Law Kilgore Society, University of Pennsylvania Law School – Philadelphia, June 2014
  • “Women Unlimited: Be Prepared for the Job Market” – Speaker, University of Pennsylvania Graduation School of Education – Philadelphia, October 2013
  • “Million Dollar Rainmaker Panel: How Four Top Attorneys in Philadelphia Built Market Leading Teams and 7-Figure Practices” – Panelist, The Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group – Philadelphia, May 2013
  • “Avoiding Ambiguity: How to Draft Deal Documents a Court Will Enforce” – Moderator, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Business Lawyers Institute – Philadelphia, November 2012
  • “How to Launch and Grow a Successful Litigation Firm” – Author, Woman Advocate, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Vol. 17, No. 3, May 2012
  • “Avoiding Ambiguity: How to Draft Deal Documents A Court Will Enforce” – Speaker, Sunoco Legal Department – Philadelphia, April 2012
  • “How to Launch a Successful Boutique Firm” – Speaker, Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group – Philadelphia, September 2011
  • “The Secrets of Networking: Tips From the Experts” – Speaker, Thomson Reuters Webinar – Philadelphia, August 2011
  • “The Road To Independence: 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms.” Kennedy, Annie Brown, et al. Lockwood, Karen M., Editor. American Bar Association, 2011.
  • “Not Just a Handshake: What Every CEO Should Do to Protect the Deal” – Author, SmartCEO Magazine, December 2010
  • “Top Legal Challenges Facing Entrepreneurial Women” – Speaker,
    The Women’s Congress – Boston, March 2007
  • “Risk Management and Liability Update” – Speaker
    Growth Management Properties, Inc., November 2006
  • “A Handshake Is Not Enough: Effective Negotiating Techniques for Managers” – Speaker, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, February 2006
  • Temple University Fox School of Business; Adjunct Professor 2004
    Taught full term honors course in Law and Society
  • “Counseling Small Business” – Faculty, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, May 2003
  • Temple University Fox School of Business; Adjunct Professor 2003
    Taught full term honors course in Law and Society
  • “Business Lawyers Institute 2002″ – Program Planner,
    Pennsylvania Bar Institute, October 2002
  • “Planning for Disaster: Counseling Business Clients Through Crisis” – Course Planner, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 2002
  • “Continuity of Business: Corporate Counsel’s Greatest Challenges” – Program Planner, University of Pennsylvania Center for Professionalism for Rohm and Haas Company, Office of the General Counsel, April 2002
  • “Continuity Planning: Positioning Your Business for Success” – Keynote Speaker, Business Over Breakfast, April 2002
  • “In Business with Your Lawyer: Good Deal or Short Change?” – Author, Smart Business Now, April 2002
  • Temple University Fox School of Business; Adjunct Professor 2002
    Taught full term honors course in Law and Society
  • “Women on Corporate Boards: The Business Case” – Speaker, The Forum of Executive Women, December 2001
  • “Continuity: Sustaining Business Operations” – Speaker, Southpointe, Pennsylvania CEO Association, November 2001
  • “The Top Ten Challenges Facing Modern Businesswomen” – Speaker, New Castle County, Delaware Chamber of Commerce, October 2001
  • “Why Didn’t My Attorney Call Back?” – Author, Corporate Counsel (Supplement of The Legal Intelligencer), March 2000; reprinted, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, May 2001
  • “If I Knew Then What I Know Now… Practical Strategies to Keep Your Business Out of Harm’s Way” – Keynote Speaker, Women’s Investment Network, May 2001
  • “Charting Your Course: Effective Strategies for Professional Development at Every
    Stage of Your Career”
    – Keynote Speaker, Accenture, April 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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