Francine Friedman Griesing

Ethics & Professional Responsibility

  • “Overcoming the Three Bs: Barriers, Bullying and Bias” – Presenter, American Bar Association, August 2020
  • “Beyond the Schoolyard: Effective Strategies for Ethically Dealing with Bullies in the Practice of Law” – Co-Presenter, LawPracticeCLE, August 2020
  • “A Women-Owned Law Firm’s Perspective” – Co-Author, Today’s General Counsel, July 2020
  • “Making a Difference: How In-House Counsel Can Eliminate Bias and Promote Equity in the Legal Profession” – Presenter, Lawline, June 2020
  • “Leveling the Playing Field: Effective Strategies for In-House Counsel to Promote Equality and Overcome Bias in the Legal Profession” – Presenter, Clear Law Institute, June 2020
  • “From Perry Mason to The Good Wife: The Decline in Civility and Rise in Bullying in the Profession” – Author, Super Lawyers Magazine, June 2020
  • “Women Standing Strong: Strategies for Dealing with Bullying and Bias” – Author, Law Practice Today, May 2020
  • “Better Not Call Saul: Promoting Civility among Lawyers during a Crisis” – Author, Modern Counsel, May 2020
  • “What to Expect during the Unexpected: Ethical Issues for Lawyers when Crisis Strikes” – Presenter, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, May 2020
  • From Perry Mason to The Good Wife: The Decline in Civility and Rise in Bullying in the Legal Profession” – Author, Modern Counsel, April 2020
  • “Staying Within The Lines: Ethical Issues for Lawyers During Crisis” – Presenter, Lawline, April 2020
  • “Don’t Bend the Rules: Effective Strategies for Meeting Your Ethical Responsibilities During Crisis” – Presenter, American Bar Association, April 2020
  • “Desperate Times: Ethical Challenges for Lawyers during the Pandemic” – Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, April 2020
  • “6 Ways Legal Leaders Can Combat Silence and Truly Advocate for D&I” – Author, The Legal Intelligencer, March 2020
  • “Don’t Back Down: Ethical Guidelines for Countering Bullies in the Practice of Law” – Author, Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Update, Winter 2020
  • “Why It Pays to Give: Sponsorship as a Two-Way Street” – Co-Author, American Bar Association The Woman Advocate, November 2019
  • “Taking the High Road: How Women Advocates Can Ethically Deal with Bullies Who Don’t Play by the Rules” – Presenter, American Bar Association Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference – Chicago, IL, November 2019
  • “The Diversity and Inclusion Challenge” – Panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Public Utility Conference – Harrisburg, PA, May 2019
  • “Taking the High Road: How to Deal Ethically with Unethical Bullies” – Author, American Bar Association The Brief, May 2019
  • “Effective Strategies for Ethically Dealing with Bullies in the Practice of Law” – Presenter, myLawCLE, May 2019
  • “Ethics Update: How to Deal with Bullies Without Breaking the Rules” – Presenter, Lawline – New York, November 2018
  • “Master the Tools, Master the Courts” – Panelist, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 2018 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo – Chicago, September 2018
  • “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: A Human Resource Roundtable” – Discussion Leader, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, March 2018
  • “Sexual Harassment: How You Can Protect Your Company and Your Employees” – Panelist, Inside the Reporter’s Notebook with the Philadelphia Business Journal, December 2017
  • “Taking the High Road: How to Deal Ethically with Bullies Who Don’t Play by the Rules” – Presenter, Lawline – New York, May 2017
  • “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
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude
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    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, 2018-2020
    - Co-Chair, Corporate and Law Firm ADR Selection Programs Subcommittee, 2020
  • Lawline
    - Content Advisory Board, 2020
  • Women Owned Law
    - Advisory Board, 2017-2020; Chair, 2018-2019
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
    - Member, 2011-2020
    - 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; 2016-2020
    - 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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