Francine Friedman Griesing

Hospitality, Sports & Entertainment

  • “Dining Out: Legal Issues for Restaurants and Their Customers” – Panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Institute – Philadelphia, December 2016
  • “Art Collectors Panel Discussion” – Panelist, Stanek Gallery – Philadelphia, July 2016
  • “A Retail and Hospitality Tale: Guns, Money and Data” – Co-Presenter, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 2015 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo – Los Angeles, September 2015
  • “Re-Branding? Everyone’s Doing it, but Beware of Intellectual Property Issues”– Author, Hotel Business Review,, December 2014
  • “Legal Ramifications of Supreme Court Decisions” – Speaker, Lodging HR and Diversity Summit – Washington, D.C., October 2013
  • “Effective Social Media Strategies for the Hospitality Industry” – Speaker, Lorman Education Services Audio Conference – Philadelphia, November 2011
  • “You Can’t Take It Back:  Is Your Company Prepared For Employees Using Social Media?” –Speaker, 9th Annual Hospitality Law Conference – Houston, February 2011
  • “Dining Out: Legal Issues for Restaurants and Their Customers” – Co-Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute – Philadelphia, April 2010
  • “Navigating the New Virtual World” – Speaker, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys 2010 Spring Meeting – New York, April 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
  • “Hospitality and Gaming Law Practice” – Speaker, Drexel University School of Law – Philadelphia, January 2009
  • “Security for Large Events” – Speaker, Academy of Hospitality Industry Lawyers Fall Meeting – Denver, November 2008
  • “Antitrust Traps in the Hospitality Industry & Related Ethical Questions” – Speaker, 6th Annual Hospitality Law Conference – Houston, February 2008
  • “Top 10 Rules for Writing an Effective Catering Contract” – Author, Catering Magazine, July-August 2007
  • “Legal Liability Associated With Hosting Multiple Events” – Speaker, National Association of Catering Executives – Philadelphia, May 2007
  • “View From the Other Side:  Legal Trends in Meeting Contracts from the Hotel/Hosts’ Perspective,” and “When Cultures Clash: What Every Meeting Professional Should Know About Incompatible Meetings” – Speaker, Philadelphia Area Chapter Meeting Professional’s International, March 2007
  • “Avoiding a Head-on Collision:  Managing Multiple Events Effectively” – Author, Club Management, December 2006
  • “Coming Face-to-Face with an Incompatible” –  Author, Meeting MPI to Eye
    (Philadelphia Chapter Meeting Professionals International), November 2006
  • “Staying on the Right Side of the Law – New Developments that Affect Your Hotel” – Speaker, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Hospitality Trade Show, August 2006
  • “Emerging Gaming Markets: Current Developments in Pennsylvania” – Faculty, Fourth Annual Hospitality Law Conference, February 2006
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD; cum laude
  • Binghamton University (SUNY – Harpur College), 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 – 2015
    – Litigation
  • Best Lawyers, 2012-2016
    – Litigation – Municipal; Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Client Choice Guide USA, 2014-2015
    – Pennsylvania – Litigation
  • Super Lawyers, 2004 – 2010; 2013-15
    – Selected by survey of Pennsylvania lawyers as one of the top lawyers
    – Top 50 Women Lawyers in Pennsylvania (2014)
  • The Legal Intelligencer’s 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
  • Best Law Firms, 2014
    – Philadelphia, Tier 1, Litigation — Labor & Employment
  • 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
  • Greater Philadelphia Women of Distinction, 1998
    – Recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal for distinguished professional accomplishment and community contributions impacting the Greater Philadelphia region. Member of Award Advisory Committee, 1999.
  • Excellence in Legal Education Award, 1998
    – Selected from hundreds of lawyers for Philadelphia Bar Education Center inaugural award for program planning and presentation skills.
  • Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, 1996
    – Recognized by Department of Commerce, Governor’s Commission for Women and Pennsylvania’s five Business Journals for professional and personal accomplishments, influence, competence and advocacy in business community.
  • Pennsylvania Honor Roll for Women, 1996
    – Recognized for professional and community activities.
  • Women to Watch, 1996
    – Selected by Business Philadelphia as one of the region’s professional “women of impact” who is “changing the face” of corporate America.
Community Involvement
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    – Member, 2016
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
    – Board of Directors, 2015-2016
  • Women Presidents’ Organization
    – Member, 2015-2016
  • PHL Diversity
    – Board of Advisors, 2014-2016
  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
    – Co-Chair, Retail Restaurant & Hospitality Practice Area Committee, 2015
  • Annual Meeting Host/Executive Committee Co-Chair, 2014
  • Annual Meeting CLE Committee Co-Chair, 2013
  • The Forum of Executive Women
    – Board of Directors, 2000-01; Member
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