Christopher P. Stief – Member, IEF Board of Directors

Chris Stief is the managing partner of the Philadelphia office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a management-side labor and employment law firm, and is Chair of the Firm’s Employee Defection and Trade Secrets Practice Group. A member of the firm’s International Employment Practice Group, Chris frequently advises and presents on global employment law strategies and on both U.S. domestic and international restrictive covenant issues.

Chris represents employers in a range of labor and employment matters, and has 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 representation in more than 600 employee defection and recruitment matters arising out of at least 45 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, as well as matters relating to key international jurisdictions in of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. 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 a contributor to the Fisher & Phillips’ Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog and Cross-Border Employer Blog. Chris is a member of the American Bar Association International Section Labor & Employment Law Committee, and is a Foreign Associate Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (United Kingdom). He also is a founder, organizer and co-leader of the firm’s Financial Services Recruitment Litigation Conference, an invitation-only conference attended by financial firms’ in-house and outside counsel from throughout the U.S., as well from major E.U. jurisdictions and Mexico.