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Many attorneys practice with the misconception that their ethical duties require overly aggressive advocacy. Attorneys who bully, break ethical
This program, presented by Founder of Griesing Law LLC, Francine Friedman Griesing, covers several ethical issues arising out of aggressive litigation practices and presents an array of tools to use when dealing with opposing counsel who
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. 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.
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”. 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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Very Good and interesting speaker
extremely well organized and presented.
Solid Informational class with issues so often ignored by the average attorney
Great program. Interesting and practical.
Well presented. Useful in Civil Litigation
Excellent and very practical
Good information. She should give more lectures.
Excellent and needed.
I really liked this instructor.
Terrific presentation on a very important and relevant topic. Thank you!
The presenter was excellent!
Excellent speaker and very informative. Enjoyed her presentation *****
This may be one of the best CLE topics and then presentation, that I have ever heard
easy to use
Presented did an excellent job handling an issue we come across far too often in daily litigation practice.
Really enjoyed this instructor. Will look for other courses that she teaches.
Solid presentation. Good job.
Excellent guidance on how to deal with difficult opposing counsel ploys.
Francine was great.
Very useful practice pointers
Great course. Nice job! Great instructor. Interesting material and presentation.
It was helpful to hear the discussion, especially as to service of process, deposition practice, and gender bias.
It was outstanding.
The presenter was very experienced and knowledgeable in this area. I have experienced all of the acts of bullying and unprofessional conduct that she described. This would be very useful mandatory viewing for law school students in their last year.
Very good speaker. Very knowledgeable and comfortable with the information.
I agree with the other commenters. This seminar is a helpful distillation of effective countermeasures against unethical and bullying conduct in litigation.
Very good ethics program
Outstanding program. Wish it were compulsory for all the bullies to listen also
This was the best seminar, by far, that i have ever attended. It is the most informative, practical, and the most apropos to everyone's practice of law. This lecturer should be seen and heard by every practicing attorney!!!!
This should be required for all lawyers! Well done.
The program was very clear and helpful. I am glad the rules are evolving to prevent unethical conduct.
I would give this presenter a 5 if I could. She was very good, and concise, and well organized. I'll bet she is a good litigator.
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Great course. Discussion matches up well with Illinois Civility program.
Excellent presentation. Perhaps counsel can prepare a second one on improper behavior during a trial.
Fran is great!
Very good presentation.
Good strategies. Very useful.
A very important topic that was well addressed by the faculty.
Great course Fantastic instructor So necessary in todays day and age Please offer more courses in this area
This was a truly excellent presentation. Thank you
Good speaker and covered a lot of material
Well done and concise.
Thoughtful approaches to combatting unnecessary and unethical aggression in litigation.
Great course. Would love to have a case with Francine - I bet she would ride herd on all involved.
I really enjoyed this presentation; the real world examples added to the content significantly.
Excellent- highly recommend this
Every lawyer should watch this video!
Very thorough. Thank you.
very good presentation
helpful in certain instances
It was helpful for litigators.
Awesome presentation and great examples! Now to get opposing counsels to watch and put down the damn cellphones. . .
Very informative. Should be a required seminar for all attorneys.
Great presentation. All lawyers should watch and absorb.
The speaker was knowledgeable and effective
Excellent tips on how to deal with questionable conduct by opposing counsel.
Edifying and pragmatic course on a tough area of practice.
great tips for litigators.
Presenters passion and outrage helped carry the point.
I would love for this to be expanded to a 1.5 credit or more class. She was very informative and an excellent presenter.
Organized and informational
Good course. Material ws presented in a way that it was easy to follow.
Insightful ethical presentation
Great presentation. The presenter was professional, knowledgable and well-prepared.
This topic is unfortunately more and more relevant. Thanks for including it.
Very interesting and extremely helpful!
Absolutely excellent course and presentation!
well done and very informative
She gave good advice." Follow the rules of civility!"
Great practical analysis
Very intrresting discussion of what constitutes bullying.
Excellent. Very well done.
Good course and very good, informative speaker.
This program alerted me to areas of potential bullying which I was unaware of, and how to address them. Excellent course.
Good advice for dealing with mean lawyers.
Great speaker with specific examples.
The speaker was very knowledgeable and made the topic interesting.
Very good course. Really like the examples given.
I have run into some of the scenarios contained in this program. So, this course was useful.
not my area of law but very very informative
this was very interesting
Excellent and worthwhile
Presenter was very engaging and knowledgeable. Interesting topic. Well organized
Excellent insights on an issue that happens more often than one might suspect or than it should!
This was very well done.
Speaker was extremely informative and used great examples
relevant for today
The program was very comprehensive and helpful.
Great ideas in the CLE.
The slides here were particularly good, with the "action steps" to delineate a framework of next steps. Very useful.
Very Approachable presentation. Not boring.
Great coverage of the topic!
Excellent presentation with concrete examples and solutions.
Really helpful. I find that bullying is sadly the norm.
Really enjoyed the instructor.
Very pertinent and useful information
Good brisk pace through the material.
Very practical -- very good presenter!
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Excellent analysis and presentation. She was very familiar with the subject matter and handled it efficiently.
I particularly enjoyed the suggestion of calling the court during "problem" depos - not only have I, I have thrown the offender out of the office and followed that with a motion. In these presentations, the harm done to the "offender's" client should be noted and steps to mitigate that damage should be suggested.
Excellent course and materials, thanks!
always enjoy these coursed
The instructor was excellent and her advice was so helpful and practical. The materials are quite useful too.
Very topical. Contained important ethical information and advice for common scenarios faced by litigating attorneys.
Excellent program and very effective presenter. Information provided was detailed and communicated clearly.
Very knowledgeable and engaging instructor.
This CLE was very helpful in educating attorneys on how to conduct themselves when faced with situations were bullying is taking place.
She did a great job!
The bully conduct is tolerated by the CT state courts. The bully (often insurance defense) is allowed to use its conduct to accuse the non-bully of being the bully. Difficult to find a remedy.
Instructor was well organized; gave good examples to keep things understandable and interesting and tried to connect with the viewers.
Very much enjoyed this particular CLE. Unfortunately "bullying" is alive and well (dare I say "thriving") in the legal profession.
The Speaker was clear in providing the steps one needs to take in addressing a situation that is perceived to be Professional Misconduct. That is very valuable in educating Lawyers to handle and deter such behavior (as well as refrain from such behavior).. Excellent Job!
great cle topic
Solid, well-organized presentation with useful practice pointers.
Wonderful, clear and concise. Excellent presenter.
Case studies very helpful, also liked practice pointers at end
It was great!
Efficient use of my time. Thank you.
Excellent preparation and presentation.
This lecture was very interesting and helpful.
A very helpful presentation.
Great tips on hoe to deal with bullies. Thanks!
Really enjoyed the topic. I am astounded at how rude some attorneys can be. I don't pull these shenanigans but it was interesting to hear about them.
while speaker was knowledgeable, i agree with some others who wrote that advise is not always practicable since judge's are reluctant to sanction and/or enforce rules of conduct.
Excellent presentation of spoken and written materials by this speaker, both in terms of law and practical application. I couldn't help but think this speaker had lived some of her examples, all of which were on point.
A very well done program.
Good presenter; knew her stuff and reviewed it well.
this should be very valuable to young lawyers
This is an awesome course. If you need endorsement of this particular course, refer people to me. This was easily understood and provided practical suggestions for handling cases of bullying. Thank you.
Very well done with real world examples and helpful suggestions.
Great presentation. I picked up some things.
This presenter was very efficient with her time and did a great job communicating her points
Great presenter. Would like to see other presentations from her
excellent presentation and very pertinent to lawyers
Very informative and well presented.
good hands on manual re: how to deal with aggressive and inappropriate opposing counsel's conduct.
Speaker was engaging and informative.
Excellent and informative. I really appreciated the concrete suggestions and examples.
It was interesting, practical and thought provoking. You need to hear these things from time to time.
Thought the instructor's concrete, pragmatic suggestions were extremely helpful. Great, thoughtful, useful presentation.
Good substantive presentation with examples from her practice.
Very good, effective presenter on a topic that should be discussed more frequently today.
Very interesting having dealt with many of the same issues
Outstanding presentation. Highly recommended.
Good examples used; spoke well
Very smooth and meaningful presentation.
The lecturer was very knowledge with personal, specific examples from her own career on this topic.
Timely presentation given that the operating environment in our country has turned harsher
Very well presented.
Very informative. Presentation was clear and organized.
provided practical solutions
The slides were very clear and relevant.
Rather tedious topic but very well presented.
Good topic -
Good program, and great layout on the website -- being able to switch between video and materials, etc.
Great practicer pointers from an engaging speaker.
The gender discrimination section was very informative.
The issue of bullying within the legal profession is an important one that doesn't often get the attention it needs. Thank you for providing this course! It was quite useful.
Excellent presentation. Much appreciated
Great presenter! Very engaging! Worthwhile topic.
Excellent presentation, timely and useful.
Excellent subject and presentation.
Thorough and very informative!
Good speaker; good course.
practical and effective, superb instructor
Excellent program for dealing with continuing problems of professionalism.
The speaker was really good. Kept my attention.
Liked that she gave a concise summary in conclusion.
This was one of the best presented Ethics courses taken by me. Ms. GRIESLING WAS OUTSTANDING . Russell Brahm, Virginia
Very good presentation: well organized and delivered
Practical. The presentation was put together well.
This presenter was really good, engaging and thorough.
unusually good, well organized presenter
Very informative - great speaker
It was actually interested and informative.
Subject matter was interesting.
Very good indeed.
Fine program. Speaker was engaging
Interesting topic. Informative.
An extraordinary amount of information on a wide variety of subjects presented in a clear, concise manner. excellent.
The course give some good practical tips on how to react to bullying situations.
I enjoyed this course.
Quite informative; expressed certain issues that should be considered ethics violations.
This was a very helpful presentation.
This was a good one. Fran knows her stuff.
Good class - thank you!
Best presentation yet. Packed with information, helpful and interesting.
I like the instructors very affirmative approach in addressing misconduct by opposing counsel.
The presenter was excellent.
Many very important points were given.
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