Francine Friedman Griesing

Francine Friedman Griesing is the founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law, LLC. Fran is a valued, strategic advisor to top executives and general counsel at the region’s and country’s largest corporations and institutions.

What do you focus on?

My practice focuses primarily on providing clients with a high level of expertise in defending high stakes litigation arising out of complex business transactions and handling sensitive employment matters for corporate clients through litigation and alternate dispute resolution.

What do you see on the horizon?

Clients continue to be concerned about reducing risk, managing legal expense and anticipating problems before they arise. They are looking for advisors who can solve problems practically without incurring unnecessary expense. Increasingly, boutique law firms, such as ours, are demonstrating their ability to exceed expectations in this increasingly complex world.

Biography

Fran has over thirty-five years of experience representing clients in complex business transactions, high stakes litigation, employment, ethics and alternate dispute resolution matters. Fran’s clients include public companies, privately-held businesses, non-profit organizations, government entities and executives, predominantly in the hospitality, technology, chemical, pharmaceutical, healthcare, retail and manufacturing industries. Fran also frequently represents lawyers and law firms in professional responsibility, ethical compliance, risk management and malpractice avoidance. She defends law firm clients in malpractice actions and conducts ethics training for in-house counsel. Fran draws upon her experience as a neutral arbitrator and mediator to craft resolutions that reduce risk and limit liability. She is included on the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals for commercial and employment matters, CPR’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals for commercial, employment and mass claims employment matters as well as the Philadelphia Commerce Court Judge Pro Tempore list. Fran is also a member of CPR’s National Task Force on Diversity in ADR and Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Corporate and Law Firm ADR Selection Programs.

According to Chambers and Partners USA, a leading directory of the legal profession, clients describe Fran as “intensely detail-focused and a persuasive and energetic litigator” with a “professional and personable manner.” Chambers has also expressly recognized her for her work in the hospitality industry, and for her “practical and down-to-earth counsel.” According to Client Choice, which recognizes law firm partners around the world that stand apart for their excellent client care and quality of service, “Fran is a level-headed and highly skilled practitioner who has been invaluable in helping reach settlements and, when necessary, litigating complex commercial disputes.”

Prior to launching Griesing Law, LLC in 2010, Fran practiced law at top tier firms in New York and Philadelphia and she also served as Chair of Litigation of Philadelphia’s City Solicitor’s Office under former Mayor Edward G. Rendell, who later served as Governor of Pennsylvania. As the City’s top trial lawyer from 1997 to 2000, Fran advised the Mayor, ranking administration officials and City Council on cutting-edge legal issues, handling over 2,000 cases per year, supervising 75 lawyers plus staff, and overseeing outside counsel. Furthermore, as the City’s lead attorney on several high-profile matters, she is accustomed to working with a diverse constituency and performing under public scrutiny.

Fran has been recognized by numerous legal rankings for her expertise in commercial litigation and employment law including Chambers and Partners USA, Best Lawyers in America, Client Choice Guide USA, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. She has also been acknowledged as one of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Influencers of Law Lifetime Achievers, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best of the Bar, The Legal Intelligencer’s Women of the Year and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ Top 50 Women Lawyers. She has been the recipient of Ms. JD’s Sharing Her Passion Award, the Philadelphia Bar Education Center’s Excellence in Legal Education Award and the American Bar Association’s Excellence in Legal Writing Award.

In addition, Fran is highly regarded as a trailblazing entrepreneur, selected by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and Bank of America as the 2018 Woman Business Owner of the Year and by The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia as the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year. She was also recognized by WBEC-East with the 2019 WBE Leadership Award. She’s been included in the American Bar Association’s Women Who Inspire Us, Women’s Enterprise Magazine‘s Top WBE CEOs, Philly Biz’s Executives of the Year, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction, Business Philadelphia’s Women to Watch and one of the Governor’s Best 50 Women in Business. She is also widely recognized as an advocate for women, minorities and diverse constituencies in the legal profession and the workplace generally. In 2019, The Philadelphia Inquirer honored Fran with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Diversity & Inclusion.

Fran is a highly sought speaker and writer and is featured in “The Road to Independence, 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Firms”, published by the American Bar Association. She has taught Business Law, Public Employment Law and Advocacy Skills at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and Fox School of Business & Management and has been a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Thomas Kline School of Law at Drexel University. Fran is an honors graduate of Binghamton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review.

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
  • Arizona
  • 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
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, H. Robert Fiebach Award for the Promotion of Women in the Law, 2021
    - Awarded to Pennsylvania law firms that institute programs or initiatives that help women lawyers continue and advance in their careers while maintaining a work/life balance.
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
    - Litigation – General Commercial, 2008-2021
  • Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards North America
    - Diversity & Inclusion Lawyer of the Year Shortlist, 2020
    - Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion Shortlist, 2020-2021
  • 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
  • Best Lawyers
    - Litigation – Municipal, 2012-2021
    - Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2013-2021
    - Commercial Litigation, 2019-2021
  • Super Lawyers
    - Pennsylvania – Business Litigation, 2004-2010; 2013-2021
    - Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania, 2014
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Best Law Firm Mentor Award, 2021
    - Awarded to senior attorneys who have taken it upon themselves to prepare the next generation of legal talent, and someone who has provided valuable knowledge to younger attorneys, paving the way for advancement and stellar contributions to the industry.
  • Derby Diversity & Business Summit, DDBS Corporate People Award, 2021
    - Awarded to individuals who have exemplified outstanding excellence and achievement in improving diversity and have positively impacted the workforce, supply chain or community, and quality of life.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Diversity & Inclusion Awards, 2019
    - Recognized for Lifetime Achievement in Diversity & Inclusion
  • The Legal Intelligencer Pennsylvania Trailblazers List, 2019
    - Recognized as an agent of change in the legal profession
  • ABA Women in Litigation, 2019
    - Recognized as a Woman Who Inspires Us
  • WBEC-East WBE Leadership Award, 2019
    - Awarded by Women’s Business Enterprise Center East to a WBE whose leadership, mentoring, business acumen, and community service have contributed to the growth and development of the women-owned business community
  • Ms. JD Honors Sharing Her Passion Award, 2019
    - Awarded to a woman who has practiced for more than ten years who is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice
  • 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
    - Recognized as one of the top women entrepreneurs in the world
  • 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’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
  • American Bar Association
    - Section of Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Women in Dispute Resolution Committees, 2013-2021
    - Law Practice Division, ABA Women Rainmakers Committee, 2013-2021
    - Section of Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial & Business Litigation, Corporate Counsel and The Woman Advocate Committees, 2013-2021
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    - Commission on Women in the Profession, 2017-2021
    - Promotion of Women Committee, 2018-2021
  • 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
  • The Forum of Executive Women
    - Member, 1998-2001; 2016-2021
    - Board of Directors, 2000-2001
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
    - Member, 1993-1997, 2010-2012, 2018-2021
    - Alliances Committee, Philadelphia Chapter, 2018-2019
  • 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
  • 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
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