Francine Friedman Griesing

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.


Fran has over thirty five years of experience representing clients in complex business transactions, high stakes litigation and alternate dispute resolution matters. Fran’s clients include public and closely held companies, not-for-profit organizations and executives, predominately in the hospitality, technology, chemical, pharmaceutical, retail and manufacturing industries. She makes sure to learn each client’s business objectives so that the legal expense provides real value, and the results achieved help the bottom line. She also 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, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution neutrals list for commercial, employment and hotel franchise matters, and the Philadelphia Commerce Court Judge Pro Tempore list. Fran is also a member of CPR’s National Task Force on Diversity in ADR.

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. Fran evaluated cases early and often with a view towards avoiding unnecessary work. She applies that early assessment strategy to all matters to spare clients expense. 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 and is the recipient of 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’s also been included in 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.

Fran is a highly sought speaker and writer and is also 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.



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  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude
    Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
    - Class Delegate, Faculty Appointments Committee
  • Binghamton University (SUNY – Harpur College), B.A., magna cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude
    Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
    - Class Delegate, Faculty Appointments Committee
  • Binghamton University (SUNY – Harpur College), B.A., magna cum laude
  • Best Lawyers
    - Litigation – Municipal, 2012-2021
    - Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2013-2021
    - Commercial Litigation, 2019-2021
  • Best Law Firms
    - National: Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2016-2017; 2020
    Metropolitan Philadelphia: Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2014; 2016-2020
    Metropolitan Philadelphia: Commercial Litigation, 2018-2020
  • 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
  • - 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
    - 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
  • 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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