Francine Friedman Griesing

Business & Entrepreneurship

  • “Small, But Mighty”– Author, Law Practice Magazine, November 2020
  • “COVID-19: A Legal Toolkit for Business Operations and Workers’ Rights”– Presenter, Temple University’s Fox School of Business, September 2020
  • “A Medical and Legal Analysis of COVID-19: A Virus that Spells Trouble in Any Language”– Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, May 2020
  • “What Women Want: Strategies for Law Practice Leaders”– Co-Presenter, American Bar Association, April 2020
  • “Navigating the COVID-19 Maze: Understanding your Changing Obligations to Employees” – Presenter, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Philadelphia Chapter, April 2020
  • “Leadership Matters: Overcoming Bias, Pushing through Fears, and Increasing the Female ‘Footprint’ in Legal Leadership” – Co-Presenter, Girl Attorney Leadership Conference – Washington, D.C., April 2019
  • “How to Protect Yourself from Bad Business Partners” – Presenter, NAWBO Spring Circle Retreat – Memphis, Tennessee, April 2019
  • “Small Business/Neighborhood Economic Growth” – Co-Presenter, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, November 2018
  • “You’re Worth It: Setting Rates, Collecting Bills and Saying No” – Presenter, Women Owned Law – Moorestown, NJ, November 2018
  • “Grow Well: Million-Dollar Success Stories” – Panelist, 2018 NAWBO National Women’s Business Conference – Spokane, Washington, September 2018
  • “Going Their Own Way: Women Starting Law Firms” – Panelist, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women in Law Symposium, June 2018
  • “You’re Worth It: Negotiating Employment Contracts, Asking for Promotions and Quantifying Your Value” – Speaker, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association – West Chester, PA, May 2018
  • “Employee Empowerment: Taking Charge of Your Career” – Speaker, Philadelphia Energy Solutions Women’s Leadership Network, May 2018
  • “Legal Business Structures” – Speaker, Women’s Business Development Center’s FastTrac New Venture Program – Philadelphia, May 2018
  • “You’re Worth It: Setting Rates, Collecting Bills and Saying No” – Keynote Speaker, NAWBO Greater Philadelphia 2018 Leadership Conference, April 2018
  • “Young Lawyer Roundtable Series” – Panelist, Griesing Law – Philadelphia, March 2018
  • “Grit: Secret Recipes of Successful Women Entrepreneurs” – Panelist, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day – Philadelphia, November 2017
  • “Don’t Take it Personally: Creating Boundaries in a Boutique Firm” – Author, American Bar Association Law Practice Today, October 2017
  • “Getting the Most Out of WBE Certification” – Speaker, Women Owned Law – Philadelphia, May 2017
  • “Law Firm Management in the New Normal” – Coach, Group Challenge Pitch Day at the University of Pennsylvania Law School – Philadelphia, April 2017
  • “What Form of Entity Should my Business Take?” – Speaker, Women’s Business Development Center’s Jumpstart Your Business Series – Philadelphia, February 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 Today, 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, 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
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude
    -
    Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
    - Class Delegate, Faculty Appointments Committee
  • Binghamton University (SUNY – Harpur College), B.A., 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
Awards
  • Best Lawyers
    - Litigation – Municipal, 2012-2021
    - Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2013-2021
    - Commercial Litigation, 2019-2021
  • Best Law Firms
    - National: Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2016-2017; 2019-2021
    Metropolitan Philadelphia: Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2014; 2016-2021
    Metropolitan Philadelphia: Commercial Litigation, 2018-2021
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide, 2008-2020
    - Litigation – General Commercial
  • Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards North America, 2020
    - Diversity & Inclusion Lawyer of the Year Shortlist
    - Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion Shortlist
  • Super Lawyers
    - Pennsylvania – Business Litigation, 2004-2010; 2013-2020
    - Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania, 2014
  • The Legal Intelligencer Pennsylvania Trailblazers List, 2019
    - Recognized as an agent of change in the legal profession
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Diversity & Inclusion Awards, 2019
    - Recognized for Lifetime Achievement in Diversity & Inclusion
  • Women's Business Enterprise Center East
    - 2019 WBE Leadership Award
  • Ms. JD Honors
    - Sharing Her Passion Award, 2019
  • NAWBO Woman Business Owner of the Year, 2018

 

Community Involvement
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    - Commission on Women in the Profession, 2017-2020
    - Promotion of Women Committee, 2018-2020
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Inc. (CPR)
    - National Task Force on Diversity in ADR, 2018-2021
    - Co-Chair, Corporate and Law Firm ADR Selection Programs Subcommittee, 2020-2021
  • Lawline
    - Content Advisory Board, 2020-2021
  • Women Owned Law
    - Advisory Board, 2017-2021; Chair, 2018-2019
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
    - Member, 2011-2021
    - Co-Chair, Retail Restaurant & Hospitality Practice Area Committee, 2015
    - Co-Chair, Annual Meeting Host/Executive Committee, 2014
    - Co-Chair, Annual Meeting CLE Committee, 2013
  • Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
    - Board of Directors, 2015-2020
    - Policy Research Legislative Committee, 2016-2020
    - Neighborhood Economic Growth Subcommittee, Roadmap for Growth Advisory Committee, 2016-2020
    - Small Business Board, 2018-2019
    - Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2018-2019
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
    - Member, 1993-1997, 2010-2012, 2018-2020
    - Alliances Committee, Philadelphia Chapter, 2018-2019
  • The Forum of Executive Women
    - Member, 1998-2001; 2016-2021
    - Board of Directors, 2000-2001
  • American Jewish Committee of Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey
    - Board of Directors, 2017-2019
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    - Dean’s Council, 2018-2019
  • Committee of Seventy
    - Board of Directors, 2016-2018
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    - Member, 2016-2018
  • Women Presidents’ Organization
    - Member, 2015-2017
  • PHL Diversity
    - Board of Advisors, 2014-2016
  • Power of Professional Women
    - Board of Directors, 2016
  • Philadelphia Hospitality
    - Board of Directors, 2010-2015
    - Secretary, 2012-2015
  • The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
    - Advisory Board, 2000-2001
  • Federation Early Learning Services
    - Board of Directors, 1992-2001
    - Vice President & Executive Committee, 1996-1999
    - Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, 1997-1998
    - Program and Planning Committee, 1995-1997
  • Leadership Development Mission
    - One of twelve professionals chosen for good will mission to Poland and Israel, 1993
  • Leadership, Inc.
    - Selective program for emerging leaders in the Philadelphia region, 1991-1992
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations
    - Chaired numerous committees, task forces and initiatives on ethics, professional development, and judicial selection
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