In this new and expanded version of the popular ethics program, gain a refresher and an updated analysis of ethical rules applicable to assessing and responding to overly aggressive bullying behavior by lawyers against opposing parties and counsel. This program will also expand on topics covered in the earlier version and covers additional topics such as discrimination as a form of bullying and bullying behavior during trial.
Many attorneys practice with the misconception that their ethical duties require overly aggressive advocacy. Attorneys who bully, break ethical rules, and misuse their positions often excuse their bad behavior by referencing a “duty” to zealously advocate on behalf of their clients. These unprofessional adversaries misunderstand the Model Rules and the obligations that they impose on attorneys. In fact, their conduct violates ethical rules and exposes them to sanctions. In order to deter bad behavior and to encourage practice with civility, we must use the tools available to us under the Model Rules, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and 28 U.S.C § 1927 to call unprofessional adversaries to task by reporting unethical acts, and in some cases, asking for sanctions. Recent rule changes also address how discrimination in the practice of law constitutes an ethics violation and how bullying is often directed at certain groups more than others.
This program is presented by Francine Friedman Griesing, founder of Griesing Law LLC, and covers several ethical issues arising out of aggressive litigation practices and presents an array of tools to use when dealing with opposing counsel who engage in those practices.
Examine the ethical rules and guidelines around professional conduct
Discuss the common ethical challenges relating to aggressive client advocacy
Recognize and respond ethically to discrimination in the practice of law
Identify appropriate responses to counsel who cross the ethical line
Explore how to enlist the courts to address and sanction unethical, overly aggressive and bullying conduct
Francine Friedman Griesing is the founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law, LLC, a women-owned and operated law firm based in Philadelphia with offices in Cincinnati and New York. Fran is a valued, strategic advisor to top executives and general counsel at the region’s and country’s largest corporations and institutions. Fran has over thirty five years of experience representing clients in complex business transactions, high stakes litigation and alternate dispute resolution matters. Her clients include public and closely-held companies, not-for-profit organizations, government entities and executives. After practicing at AmLaw 100 firms and as Litigation Chair for the City of Philadelphia, Fran founded Griesing Law so women could reach their potential in the male-dominated legal field.
Fran has been recognized by Chambers and Partners USA, Best Lawyers in America, Client Choice Guide USA, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for her expertise in commercial litigation and employment law. She has also been acknowledged as one of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Influencers of Law Lifetime Achievers and Diversity & Inclusion Lifetime Achievers, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best of the Bar, The Legal Intelligencer’s Women of the Year, Ms. JD’s Sharing Her Passion Honoree, ABA Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference Women Who Inspire Us;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.
Fran is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded Bossible, a marketing and business development consultancy that helps entrepreneurs, professionals, small businesses and diverse businesses build and execute marketing plans that amplify them as thought leaders in their industries, and GriesingMazzeo Leadership, a training and human resources advisor for small, middle market, women and diverse owned businesses and professionals. She 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 also received the Women’s Business Enterprise Center East WBE Leadership Award. She has 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 of Pennsylvania’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.
One of the best presenters on Lawline. Concise, clear, well organized. Great communicator. Thank you.
Very well presented. Very knowledgeable on the material.
Excellent course. Ms. Greasing provided good examples and shared her experiences. She kept the course very engaging. I highly recommend this course.
it was really good. i learned a lot and thought about things i hadn't before.
First rate. Held my interest throughout.
Very well done
Useful, practical presentation, easy to follow.
Speaker had a lot of great information!
Maybe one of the overall finest presentations and presenters in this CLE year for me. JGBW
Excellent speaker! Excellent speaker
Very excellent presentation on a timely issue
Outstanding! Will look for other presentations by this speaker.
I really liked this one.
Extremely informative and well-done.
Excellent presentation covering many different types of bulling. Very helpful course materials.
Very good presentation. Thank you.
GREAT presenter and fantastic ethics CLE. Provided clear, succinct summaries of key ethical obligation and examples of practical applications.
Very detailed overview of an important subject.
excellent as to application of situations in litigation and corresponding transactions; always cited to rules
Great practice tips
Excellent handling of this topic -- very straightforward and nice use of examples as well
Thank you an excellent program -- in content and presentation both.
Informative and well presented.
Excellent ethics presentation
That was so good, I clapped at the end!
Great instructor with good examples.
This CLE should be mandatory. The narrator was excellent and the material was both topical and essential.
Very interesting. Great content and pacing.
A very timely topic, well presented with authority to back up the content of the presentation.
This should be a required CLE for every attorney.
Well-summarized and presented essential knowledge & practice points.
This presenter was really easy to follow and engaging. Thank you!
Very good hour of ethics
Great examples, very practical.
interesting and accurate
one of the best
Great discussion. I appreciate her perspective.
Good pointers on how to deal with improper conduct of opposition. attorney
Outstanding course, excellent, knowledgeable instructor.
Very timely, this will help me in a current case against a more experience litigator.
Exceptional CLE -- one of the best on ethics I've ever seen. Thank you.
Excellent! Thank you. This information is extremely helpful and very well presented.
Good program with excellent examples.
nice style, good info
Excellent and practical tips!
Excellent and important course
Excellent course. Very well presented! Thank you!
Very useful and practical tips for how to respond to certain types of behavior. Provided information an attorney could put into practice immediately.
Presenter was really good! I'd like to take more of her courses.
Very timely information.
Another excellent offering.
This was very informative and helpful. Kudos for talking about and taking on such a difficult subject.
Important topic. Well done.
Great topic and timely.
Best ethics seminar I have ever taken.
Excellent practical tips throughout
Excellent program; excellent speaker!
I thought the presenter did a fantastic job. She provided some very valuable information and communicated it well.
Presenter was excellent and so was this course!
Good use of examples
Very well done and informative
Nice perspectives, and I wish every lawyer would practice her friendly advice!
The instructor was terrific! I never knew there was so much to know about lawyers bullying other lawyers. Thank you!
very well done
I was pleasantly surprised at how informative this was.
Very informative and interesting!
She was great -
Enjoyed. Nice practice tips
Very good program.
Excellent program. Although I am a transactional attorney, this was a very useful course with detailed suggestions that can be put in to use immediately.
The Presentation was interesting, informative, concise, and held my attention. Practical suggestions were given for addressing unethical behavior from opposing counsel and clients. Most useful ethical presentation I have seen in years.
Thx for the technology to listen remotely
The real world examples were very useful in illustrating her points. I've had multiple experiences similar to her examples.
She had a nice speaking voice.
I love her lectures!
Fantastic teacher and course. Wish I had heard it 20 years ago!
excellent and detailed presentation
Excellent and straight forward presentation
really good presentation
Very knowledgeable, effective presenter. Thanks.
Thought the presenter was fantastic, and the examples were great instruction.
Great CLE - probably the best ethics CLE I've listened to. The speaker was articulate and engaging
Nicely delivered. Good pace; did not try to squeeze in too much.
Extremely well prepared, well delivered presentation.
Superb CLE. Much useful information.
Excellent program, I would recommend to others.
Very clear and helpful.
Well done. High utility to the tips provided.
Very good presenter.
Presentation was well organized and fluid. Information was eye-opening for non-litigator.
This was an excellent presentation.
This is an important topic.
Keep asking the presenter to do additional updates and include reviews of actual disciplinary proceedings and outcomes. She is GREAT!!!!
Thank you !
Fantastic! Wish I had this information years ago.
Presentation speaker was most effective - held my attention throughout the program.
I enjoyed the presenter's pragmatic approach to the topic!
Presenter was terrific, covered a lot of material, clearly and thoroughly, appreciated all of the practical guidance.
She is a great presenter and gave great information
one of the best seminars I have attended(I've been practicing 41 years)
The speaker covered a lot of material effectively and efficiently.
Effective speaker who gave interesting examples of topics she highlighted.
I enjoyed the helpful examples.
Presenter very effective
This made the process easy.
very helpful advice as to how to deal with bullying lawyers
Very well done! I particularly appreciated the thoughtful discussion of how tactics designed to increase costs for another party may constitute ethics violations. Technology was also great!
Very good presentation
excellent concrete examples and solutions.
good topic, valuable reminder of how to conduct the practice with civility
Excellent program very well presented.
Excellent presentation. Would like to see more from this presenter.
Very useful. Great presentation.
concise and professional
VERY good presenter interesting and well done
Great program. Very timely and informative.
Excellent presenter. Thank you!