Christopher P. Stief: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Christopher P. Stief

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Regional Managing Partner
Radnor,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone(610) 230-2130

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Employment Litigation
  • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
  • Non-Competition Agreements
  • Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Restrictive Covenants
University Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, B.A., 1985
Law SchoolBoston University School of Law, Boston, MA, J.D., cum laude, 1991
Admitted1991, Maine; 1994, Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

Past Co-Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee
Co-Chair, Delaware County (PA) Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association: Business Law Section, Human Resources Committee
Member, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Section
Member, American Bar Association International Section Labor & Employment Law Committee
Member, Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association Compliance & Legal Society
Foreign Associate Member, Employment Lawyers Association (United Kingdom)
International Affiliate Member Firm, Law Society of England & Wales
International Employers Forum


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

Newsletter Articles

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


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Christopher P. Stief

150 North Radnor Chester Road
RadnorPA 19087


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