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Ms. Friedman Griesing

Francine Friedman Griesing

Founder, Griesing Law LLC

Fran Griesing, founder of Griesing Law, LLC, a WBENC-certified woman owned firm, leads her team representing clients in complex business transactions, high stakes litigation, employment, intellectual property and alternate dispute resolution matters. She also serves as a neutral arbitrator and mediator. Ms. Griesing’s clients are Fortune 500 and closely held companies, not-for-profit organizations and executives, predominately in the hospitality, food service, technology, chemicals and manufacturing industries. Chambers and Partners USA, a leading directory of the legal profession, has noted that clients describe her as “intensely detail-focused and a persuasive and energetic litigator” with a “professional and personable manner.” Chambers expressly recognized her for her work in the hospitality industry, and her “practical and down-to-earth counsel.” Prior to launching the firm in 2010, Ms. Griesing practiced at top tier firms in New York and Philadelphia and, she served as Litigation Chair of Philadelphia’s Law Department under former Mayor Edward G. Rendell, who later served as Pennsylvania’s Governor. An honors graduate of Binghamton University and University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was on Law Review, Ms. Griesing has been recognized for her professional and community leadership. She has been acknowledged as a Pennsylvania Woman Lawyer of the Year, Woman to Watch; Greater Philadelphia Woman of Distinction; Governor’s Best 50 Women in Business; SmartCEO Brava! Leader and Legal Elite. She has been recognized by Chambers and Partners USA, Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania SuperLawyers. Ms. Griesing also received the Philadelphia Bar Education Center’s Excellence in Legal Education Award and the American Bar Association’s Excellence in Legal Writing Award. Ms. Griesingtaught Business Law, Public Employment Law and Advocacy Skills at Temple University's Beasley School of Law and Fox School of Business & Management and was a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has been acknowledged as a Pennsylvania Woman Lawyer of the Year, Woman to Watch; Greater Philadelphia Woman of Distinction; Governor’s Best 50 Women in Business; SmartCEO Brava! Leader and Legal Elite. She has been recognized by Chambers and Partners USA, Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania SuperLawyers. Ms. Griesing also received the Philadelphia Bar Education Center’s Excellence in Legal Education Award and the American Bar Association’s Excellence in Legal Writing Award. She taught Business Law, Public Employment Law and Advocacy Skills at Temple University's Beasley School of Law and Fox School of Business & Management and was a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Friedman Griesing can be contacted at 215-618-3721 or fgriesing@griesinglaw.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.