Francine Friedman Griesing

Ethics & Professional Responsibility

  • “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
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Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude
    Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
    - Class Delegate to 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, 2012-2019
    - 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
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide, 2008-2018
    - Band 3, Litigation – General Commercial
  • 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
  • Super Lawyers
    - Pennsylvania – Business Litigation, 2004-2010; 2013-2018
    - Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania, 2014
  • 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, 2015-2018
    - Policy Research Legislative Committee, 2016-2018
    - Neighborhood Economic Growth Subcommittee, Roadmap for Growth Advisory Committee, 2016-2018
    - Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2018
  • Committee of Seventy
    - Board of Directors, 2016-2018
  • American Jewish Committee of Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey
    - Board of Directors, 2017-2018
  • Women Owned Law
    - Chair, Advisory Board, 2018
    - Advisory Board, 2017
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    - Commission on Women in the Profession, 2017-2018
    - Promotion of Women Committee, 2018
  • The Forum of Executive Women
    - Member, 2016-2018
    - Board of Directors, 2000-2001
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    - Dean’s Council, 2018
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Inc. (CPR)
    - National Task Force on Diversity in ADR, 2018
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
    - Alliances Committee, 2018
    - Member, 2010-2012; 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
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
    - Co-Chair, Retail Restaurant & Hospitality Practice Area Committee, 2015
    - Co-Chair, Annual Meeting Host/Executive Committee, 2014
    - Co-Chair, Annual Meeting CLE Committee, 2013
  • 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

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