Chris Stief is the managing partner of the Philadelphia office, and is Chair of the Firm's Employee Defection and Trade Secrets Practice Group.
Chris represents employers in a range of labor and employment matters, and has a national practice focusing employee defection and recruitment, including litigating injunction and damages actions relating to: covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, unfair competition, employee raiding, trade secrets, duty of loyalty, the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, the Economic Espionage Act, and state trade secrets and unfair competition statutes.
Chris has handled more than 500 employee defection and recruitment matters in approximately 65 state and federal courts in 45 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, as well as matters arising out of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Most cases involved applications for temporary or preliminary injunctions, along with damages claims. He has represented clients in numerous industries, including securities brokerage, private banking, online retailing, radio, software, computer sales and services, consulting, medicine, insurance brokerage, insurance carriers, employee placement and staffing, publishing, advertising, trucking, direct response television, government contracting, and mortgage lending and securitization.
In addition to litigating, Chris drafts restrictive covenants and helps clients develop programs to protect competitive assets against employee defection, and to minimize risks when hiring from competitors.
Chris is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is a past Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee.
Chris is a contributor to the firm's Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog as well as the Cross-Border Employer Blog, and frequently speaks and provides press commentary on both U.S. domestic and international restrictive covenant issues.
Chris has been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal USA - Management Labour & Employment by the researchers at the International Who's Who publication. He was also listed in Chambers USA in 2015.
Forty-Four Attorneys Ranked Among Top in Chambers USA 2015
May 19, 2015
Philadelphia Local Minimum Wage Increase for City Contractors: Continuing Trend of Municipal
May 8, 2014
The Trade Secret Paradox
April 1, 2009
What In-House Counsel Should Know About Garden Leave Clauses
October 22, 2008
When a New CEO Comes In, Will Risk Walk Out?
How to Create Effective and Enforceable Restrictive Covenant Agreements
October 9, 2007
Employment Law360 Q&A With Fisher & Phillips' Christopher Stief
October 2, 2007
They Can't Enforce That... Can They?
March 15, 2005
A Clause for Concern
January 14, 2005
Can You Enforce Noncompete Agreements Signed By Employees Of An Acquired Company?
It Depends On The Structure Of The Deal -- And Where The Employees Are.
November 7, 2003
Quotes and Soundbites
About to Update Your LinkedIn Profile? Not So Fast...
June 15, 2015
SEC Sends Sharp Warning With Employee-Contract Case
April 3, 2015
Non-Competes, Garden Leaves Make Fund Workers Stay Put
October 13, 2014
American Century, Schroders Settle PM Poaching Suit
August 7, 2014
Five Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Competitor's Employee
October 1, 2013
Under Lock and Key
December 15, 2011
Social Networking Policies For School Employees
July 1, 2011
Seven Signs Your Employees May Be Poachable
June 1, 2011
Managing Your Multi-National Workforce: Successful Global Employment Law Strategies
March 4, 2014
Transatlantic Employment Law - London, England
November 8, 2012
Transatlantic Workplace Crises - Managing the Employer Legal and Reputation Risks - London, England
November 7, 2012