Francine Friedman Griesing

Business & Entrepreneurship

  • “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


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  • 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
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide, 2008-2019
    - Band 3, Litigation – General Commercial
  • Best Lawyers
    - Litigation – Municipal, 2012-2019
    - Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2013-2019
    - Commercial Litigation, 2019
  • Best Law Firms
    - National: Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2016-2017; 2019
    Metropolitan Philadelphia: Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2014; 2016-2019
    Metropolitan Philadelphia: Commercial Litigation, 2018-2019
  • Super Lawyers
    - Pennsylvania – Business Litigation, 2004-2010; 2013-2019
    - Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania, 2014
  • Ms. JD Honors
    - Sharing Her Passion Award, 2019
  • NAWBO Woman Business Owner of the Year, 2018
    - Awarded by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and Bank of America to an entrepreneur who excels at strategy, operations, finances, problem solving, overcoming adversity and giving back to her community
  • Small Business Person of the Year, 2018
    - Awarded by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to a businessman/woman who has shown exemplary leadership in the Greater Philadelphia region
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Influencers of Law, 2018
    - Recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Philadelphia Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2017
    - Recognized as one of Philadelphia’s top lawyers
  • Philadelphia Business Journal Soaring 76, 2017
    - Recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in Greater Philadelphia
  • Women’s Enterprise Magazine Top WBE CEOs, 2017
    - Recognized as one of the top leaders of a women-owned business
  • Philly Biz Executive of the Year, 2016
    - Recognized as one of 11 Professionals Moving and Shaking Philly Business
  • Client Choice Guide USA, 2014-2015
    - Pennsylvania – Litigation
  • Enterprising Women Magazine Enterprising Women of the Year, 2015
    - Recognized as one of the top women entrepreneurs in the world
  • The Legal Intelligencer 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
  • NAMWOLF Law Firm MVP, 2013
    - Selected by in-house attorneys from Fortune 500 corporations as the law firm that has done the most to advance the organization’s mission
  • 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
  • Philadelphia Business Journal Women of Distinction, 1998
    - Recognized for distinguished professional accomplishment and community contributions impacting the Greater Philadelphia region; Member of Award Advisory Committee, 1999
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Excellence in Legal Education Award, 1998
    - Selected from hundreds of lawyers for the inaugural award for program planning and presentation skills
  • Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, 1996
    - Recognized by the Department of Commerce, the Governor’s Commission for Women and Pennsylvania’s five Business Journals for professional and personal accomplishments, influence, competence and advocacy in the business community
  • Pennsylvania Honor Roll for Women, 1996
    - Recognized for professional and community activities
  • Business Philadelphia Women to Watch, 1996
    - Selected as one of the region’s professional women of impact who is changing the face of corporate America
Community Involvement
  • Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
    - Board of Directors, 2015-2019
    - Small Business Board, 2018-2019
    - Policy Research Legislative Committee, 2016-2019
    - Neighborhood Economic Growth Subcommittee, Roadmap for Growth Advisory Committee, 2016-2019
    - Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2018-2019
  • American Jewish Committee of Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey
    - Board of Directors, 2017-2019
  • Women Owned Law
    - Chair, Advisory Board, 2018-2019
    - Advisory Board, 2017-2019
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    - Commission on Women in the Profession, 2017-2019
    - Promotion of Women Committee, 2018-2019
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    - Dean’s Council, 2018-2019
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Inc. (CPR)
    - National Task Force on Diversity in ADR, 2018-2019
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
    - Alliances Committee, Philadelphia Chapter, 2018-2019
    - Member, 1993-1997, 2010-2012, 2018-2019
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
    - Member, 2011-2019
    - Co-Chair, Retail Restaurant & Hospitality Practice Area Committee, 2015
    - Co-Chair, Annual Meeting Host/Executive Committee, 2014
    - Co-Chair, Annual Meeting CLE Committee, 2013
  • The Forum of Executive Women
    - Member, 1998-2001; 2016-2019
    - Board of Directors, 2000-2001
  • 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

Media Clips

  • IdeaMensch – Interview with Francine Griesing, Founder of Griesing Law, LLC June 20, 2019 - Francine… Read More
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2019 List: Francine Griesing & Julie Negovan June 17, 2019 - Francine… Read More
  • ABA The Brief – Taking the High Road: How to Deal Ethically with Unethical Bullies by Francine Griesing May 21, 2019 - Francine… Read More

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