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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.