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Remote Control: How to Handle Litigation Effectively in a Virtual Setting

  • Accountant
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • CWS

Published: March, 2022

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Course Description


  • Evolution of alternate dispute resolution (ADR)
    7 mins
  • What can we expect in the future?
    9 mins
  • The stages of dealing with online litigation
    16 mins
  • The personal factors
    25 mins
  • Advance agreement on rules and procedures
    38 mins

Course Description

Over the past two years, many litigations and arbitrations have been conducted virtually with the participants in multiple locations convened on a virtual platform. Given the ubiquity of virtual proceedings and the cost savings or avoiding travel by counsel, parties, and witnesses, this process is likely to continue even when it is no longer a health necessity.  

Under these circumstances, lawyers should be working with clients to revise their dispute resolution agreements to memorialize the rules to be followed if a virtual proceeding is needed. Leaving this to chance will invite additional disputes and may put procedural issues in the judge’s or arbitrator’s control that could be anticipated and agreed upon by the parties. 

The issues may include how to conduct depositions remotely, how to handle evidence, whether witnesses can be in the same room as counsel even if opposing counsel and the judge or arbitrator are elsewhere, how to use technology effectively, and a myriad of other issues. Some lawyers are accustomed to doing this live but less confident in a remote setting.

This CPE course on Business Law will address the best practices for being an effective advocate in a virtual setting.

Learning Objectives

  • To discuss how to draft dispute resolution agreements and/or contract provisions that protect client interests if live proceedings are unavailable or undesirable so that clients have more control over how virtual trials and arbitrations proceed.
  • To analyze how to address procedural issues with opposing counsel and establish effective protocols for discovery, hearings, and argument for virtual proceedings.
  • To explain how to prepare for, conduct, and defend depositions and witness testimony in virtual proceedings when the witness is in a different location, including how to handle exhibits without sharing information or strategy prematurely.
  • To analyze how to prepare clients and witnesses to present effectively and use technology to their best advantage.
  • To inspect how to assure that you are facile with technology, preserve confidentiality’s and don’t embarrass yourself or your client with easily avoidable mistakes.

Recommended For

  • This Online CPE webinar is recommended for CPA, CMA, CFF, CVA, CBA/MCBA, MAFF CEOs, Accountants, CFOs, Business Owners, Business Managers, and Other individuals who want to understand how to handle litigation effectively in a virtual setting.

Who Should Attend?

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1 CPE Credit for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Business Law for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 1 General Credit of Business Law for Accountant/Bookkeeper/Tax Professionals

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About Presenter

Francine Griesing

Founder, Griesing Law, LLC

Francine Friedman Griesing is the founder of Griesing Law, LLC, is a full-service women-owned and operated law firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with satellite offices in Arizona, New, Jersey, New York, and Ohio. She is a strategic advisor to executives and general counsel at the country’s largest institutions with 40 years of experience representing clients in business transactions, commercial litigation, employment matters, and alternate dispute resolution. She serves as an arbitrator and mediator, primarily in employment and business disputes and has extensive experience conducting proceedings remotely.

Fran is a highly sought speaker and writer and has received recognition for her accomplishments as both an attorney and an entrepreneur. She was recognized by Francine Griesing was chosen by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a Lifetime Achiever for the Law (2018) and Diversity and Inclusion (2019). Fran was also shortlisted as Diversity & Inclusion Lawyer of the Year (2020) and the Firm was shortlisted as Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity & Inclusion by Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards North America (2020-2021). The Philadelphia Business Journal also recognized Fran as one of the region’s Most Admired CEOs for her protecting her team and managing the Firm during the pandemic. In addition, the Firm received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s H. Robert Fiebach Award (2021), which recognizes Pennsylvania law firms that have implemented initiatives to help women attorneys advance their careers. Furthermore, the Firm was awarded by in-house counsel as the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms’ Law Firm MVP (2013) and as SmartCEO’s Philadelphia Law Firm of the Year (2014).

Fran is an honors graduate of Binghamton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is admitted to practice in Arizona, New York and Pennsylvania.

About Company

Griesing Law, LLC

Griesing Law is the preeminent team of diverse lawyers committed to personal attention with proven results. We aggressively advocate complex matters with integrity, purpose, and efficiency. Together, we care about our people, our clients and our communities.

Griesing Law, LLC is a full-service women-owned and operated law firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with satellite offices in Arizona, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. We are proudly certified as a woman-owned business by WBENC, enabling us to tackle opportunities specifically intended to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

In January 2010, during one of the roughest economic downturns across all sectors, we launched our firm with only a handful of clients out of an 800 square foot sublet space. Today, our original three-person team has grown into a team of 18, including 10 lawyers. We have grown from our initial client base to handling 1k+ matters for 500+ clients, including Fortune 500 companies, small and privately held businesses, nonprofits, government entities and individuals. Our clients come from a broad array of industries, including academia, arts and entertainment, chemical, communications, financial services, foodservice, government, hospitality, insurance, e-commerce, manufacturing, non-profits, pharmaceuticals, professional services, real estate, retail and technology. Our team is licensed to practice law in Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Our lawyers are AV rated and have experience working in house, serving in government and as senior lawyers at top Am Law 100 firms. We are highly sought speakers and respected authorities in our areas of expertise, frequently acknowledged by our peers and clients for top-notch service and results. Our team has received many accolades for professional achievement and civic leadership including: Best Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, Super Lawyers, Client Choice, Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, Philadelphia Inquirer’s Influencers of Law Lifetime Achievement Award, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction, Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best of the Bar, American Bar Association’s Excellence in Legal Writing Award, The Legal Intelligencer’s Lawyers on the Fast Track and many others. Our firm was also selected by in-house counsel as the 2013 Law Firm MVP by the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, by SmartCEO as the 2014 Philadelphia Law Firm of the Year and by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the 2017 Soaring 76 for being one of the fastest growing companies in the Greater Philadelphia area.


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