Chris Stief is managing partner of the firm's Philadelphia office, immediate past co-chair and co-founder of the firm's Employee Defection and Trade Secrets Practice Group, and a core member of the International Employment Practice Group and Financial Services Industry Group. Chris represents employers in labor and employment matters, with a nationwide and international practice focusing on restrictive covenant and trade secrets issues. His practice includes litigating and advising companies on matters relating to covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, unfair competition, employee raiding and team moves, trade secrets, duty of loyalty, the U.S. Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), the U.S. Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA), and various state trade secrets and unfair competition statutes. He has a particular focus on advising and providing representation on restrictive covenant issues for companies that have a multi-state or multi-national workforce, and a consequent need to interpret and account for the varying laws of diverse jurisdictions. There are five main segments to Chris's practice:
Chris is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, is a Chambers USA Ranked Lawyer for Pennsylvania Labor & Employment, and has been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal USA – Management Labour & Employment and in Best Lawyers for both Litigation-Labor & Employment Law and Trade Secrets Law. In 2020 and various prior years, he was listed as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for Employment & Labor. Chris is a past Co-Chair of both the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Delaware County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committees. Chris serves on 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. He is a founder and co-leader of the Fisher Phillips Financial Services Recruitment Litigation Conference, a well-established participatory conference focusing on issues relevant to restrictive covenant litigation among broker-dealers, private wealth management firms, Registered Investment Advisors (RIA), private banks and insurance carrier distribution networks and agencies. Conferences have been held since 2003, and topics addressed have ranged from raiding to FINRA and SEC regulations, and application of the Protocol for Broker Recruiting. In September of 2018, Chris was one of the keynote speakers and acted as a co-organizer of a conference in London, Global Business Protections 2018: International Restrictive Covenants and Confidential Information. The next iteration of this conference will be held in London in 2022.
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Attorney-Labor and Employment Partner