Chris Stief is 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 full range of labor and employment matters, including a national and international practice focusing on employee defection and recruitment, including litigating and advising companies on issues relating to covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, unfair competition, employee raiding, trade secrets, duty of loyalty, the federal Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, and state trade secrets and unfair competition statutes.
Chris has provided counseling and litigation representation in more than 600 employee defection and recruitment matters arising out of approximately 65 state and federal courts in 45 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, as well as matters arising out of key international jurisdictions in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
A large percentage of Chris's litigation matters have involved applications for temporary or preliminary injunctions, along with claims for money damages. He has represented clients in numerous industries, including securities brokerage, private banking, online retailing, radio, software, computer sales and services, market research, business consulting, medical, dental practices and veterinary practices, insurance brokerage, insurance carriers, employee placement and staffing, publishing, advertising, trucking, direct response television, government contracting, mortgage lending and securitization, among others.
Chris frequently assists clients with drafting restrictive covenants and helps clients develop programs to both protect competitive assets against employee defection, and minimize risks when hiring new talent from competitors. He has a particular focus on advising and creating such programs for companies that operate on a multi-state or multi-national basis, helping clients manage the challenges of creating and implementing a consistent corporate approach across a wide array of sometimes conflicting jurisdictional case law and workplace cultures.
Chris is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, was ranked as a Notable Practitioner in Pennsylvania by Chambers USA for 2015, and has been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal USA - Management Labour & Employment by the researchers at the International Who's Who publication. Chris is a past Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee, and presently serves as Co-Chair of the Delaware County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee. In addition, Chris was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Employers Forum, a non-profit organization with Chapters in the U.S. and Europe dedicated to providing education and networking opportunities for legal and human resources professionals whose organizations employ workers globally.
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. and international restrictive covenant issues.
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
Overtime Exemptions & Misclassification Issues: Brewing Wage and Hour Violations Could Seriously Interrupt Your Craft
October 10, 2015
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
Forty-Four Attorneys Ranked Among Top in Chambers USA 2015
May 19, 2015
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