Hope A. Comisky

Hope A. Comisky is a Member of Griesing Law, LLC and Chair of the Firm’s Employment and Ethics & Professional Responsibility practice groups.

What do you focus on?

I concentrate my practice on providing employment law advice and training to clients while also counseling clients in all aspects of employment law. On top of that, I have substantial experience arbitrating and mediating employment and commercial disputes.

What do you see on the horizon?

Clients are looking not just for competent lawyering but for extra value.  They want counselors who communicate regularly and provide practical advice informed by a variety of experiences and perspectives.  We strive to meet that expectation every day. 

Biography

Hope is a top-ranked employment attorney and an experienced arbiter with over thirty-five years of employment and litigation experience. She counsels clients on employment issues, provides training to managers and staff and offers strategic advice on employment litigation matters. Furthermore, Hope has extensive experience arbitrating and mediating employment and commercial disputes as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s panel of arbitrators, and as appointed under the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is also a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of its selection committee for the Third Circuit.

Hope has more than a decade of experience providing professional responsibility advice to lawyers and law firms. Hope previously served as the lead professional responsibility attorney and then as General Counsel for a 450+ attorney firm for over a decade, where she chaired the Professional Responsibility Committee, providing real-time advice and educational programs to hundreds of attorneys on all aspects of the rules of professional conduct. Hope also provides ethics opinions to lawyers and law firms and conducted training for in-house lawyers.

Hope has been regularly recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for her work in employment law. Notably, she was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Labor and Employment in Philadelphia.

Hope is also a frequent lecturer and author on employment law and professional responsibility topics. Hope has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaching professional responsibility seminars. She has also spoken at the Northeast Regional Employment Law Institute for many years, lecturing on various topics including sexual harassment, defamation in the employment context and tort claims arising from employee terminations. In addition, she has published several articles for the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.

Before joining the Firm, Hope was a partner at three prominent law firms in Philadelphia, including serving as general counsel at one of her prior firms.

Hope received her B.A. from Cornell University and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After law school, Hope was a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph L. McGlynn, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, B.A.
    – Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Awards
  • Best Lawyers
    – Employment Law – Management, 2011-2021
    – Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2011-2021
    – Lawyer of the Year – Labor & Employment, 2017
  • Super Lawyers
    – Pennsylvania – Employment Litigation, 2004-2021
Community Involvement
  • American Bar Association
    – Section of Litigation, Ethics & Professionalism Committee, 2013-2021
    – Member, Center for Professional Responsibility, 2008-2021
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    – Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, 2007-2021
    – Task Force to Examine Code of Judicial Conduct, 2012-2013
    – Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2007-2010
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    – Fee Disputes Committee, 2012-2021; Co-Chair, 2020-2021
    – Professional Guidance Committee, 2007-2021; Co-Chair, 2008-2010, 2014-2015
    – Professional Responsibility Committee, 2007-2021; Co-Chair, 2009-2012
  • Anti-Defamation League of Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey & Delaware
    – Board of Directors, 2010-2021; Chair-Elect, 2020-2021; Executive Vice Chair, 2019-2020; Vice Chair, 2013-2019
    – Nominating Committee, 2011-2021
    – Executive Committee, 2011-2021
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates
    – Board of Directors, 2015-2021
    – DEIAB Task Force, 2021
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
    – Member, 2007-2021
  • Center for Literacy
    – Board of Trustees, 1996-2015
    – Chair, 2006-2009
  • Federation Early Learning Services
    – Board of Directors, 2003-2010
    – Executive Committee, 2009-2010
  • The Philadelphia School
    – Board of Trustees, 1989-2004, 2007-2010; Chair, 2001-2003
  • Philadelphia Futures
    – Board of Trustees, 2009-2010
  • Women’s Law Project
    – Board of Directors, 1998-2004
Writing & Speaking
  • “How to Avoid a Fee Dispute” – Co-Presenter, Philadelphia Bar Association, August 2020

  • “Harvey Weinstein’s Legal Team: A Case Study in Ethics Issues” – Co-Presenter, Pepper Hamilton LLP, June 2020

  • “Full House’ of Conflicts – an Examination of Conflicts of Interest in the College Admission Scandal Litigation Known as the ‘Varsity Blues’ case” –  Co-Presenter, Pepper Hamilton LLP, December 2019

  • “Who’s Taking Care of the Kids? Title VII, FMLA and Parental Leave” – Co-Presenter, Pepper Hamilton LLP, September 2019

  • Internal Investigations – Lessons for Counsel” Co-Presenter, Pepper Hamilton LLP, August 2019

  • “Protecting Client Information in the Face of Technology Developments and Cybersecurity Threats” – Co-Presenter, Pepper Hamilton LLP, April 2019

  • “On Demand – Hottest Topics in Ethics in the Last Year” – Co-Presenter, Pepper Hamilton LLP, December 2018

  • “Ethics in the Digital Age: Managing the Impact of Evolving Technology on Antitrust Litigation” – Co-Presenter, Pepper Hamilton LLP, December 2018

  • “Celebrity News and Legal Ethics – The Crossover Edition” – Co-Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Business Law Institute, November 2018

  • “Beyond Proficiency with Conflicts of Interest – Analyzing More Difficult Situations” – Co-Presenter, Pepper Hamilton LLP, April 2018

  • “Bring Your CIO!  Cybersecurity and HR Issues” – Co-Presenter, Southeasetern Pennsylvania Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management, October 2017 

  • “Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine: What’s Old, What’s New and What You Need to Know” – Co-Presenter, Pepper Hamilton LLP, April 2017

  • “Corporate Outside Counsel Policies – Who Do You and Who Can You Represent?” – Co-Author, American Bar Association The Professional Lawyer, June 2017

  • “Coming to Grips with Outside Counsel Guidelines” – Co-Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute,  October 2016

  • “Pro Bono Opportunities Day:  Navigating Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Service” – Co-Presenter, Philadelphia VIP and the Philadelphia Bar Association, October 2016

  • “The Risks and Rewards of a BYOD Program: Ensuring Corporate Compliance without Causing ‘Bring Your Own Disaster’ at Work” – Co-Author, Defense Law Journal, November 2014

  • “The Risks and Rewards of a BYOD Program: Ensuring Corporate Compliance without Causing ‘Bring Your Own Disaster’ at Work” – Co-Author, Charleston Law Review, Spring 2014

  • “Privileged Communications Pass to Surviving Corporation” – Co-Author, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Winter 2014

  • “Don’t Be a Twit – Avoiding the Ethical Pitfalls Facing Lawyers Utilizing Social Media in Three Important Arenas — Discovery, Communications with Judges and Jurors, and Marketing” – Co-Author, Temple University Political & Civil Rights Law Review, Spring 2011

  •  “Fitting a Square Peg Into a Round Hole” – Author, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Newsletter, Summer 2005

  • “Temporary Workers May Get ‘Two Bites’ at Recovery under the Employment Discrimination Laws” – Co-Author, American Bar Association The Labor Lawyer, Summer 2004

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