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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.