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William Wright is managing Principal of Fisher Worldwide. As a practicing international labor and employment lawyer for over 20 years, Bill has gained experience and insight into a full range of Human Resources related issues and challenges. As part of Fisher Worldwide, Bill coordinates and manages the delivery of Global HR related services across the world in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South and Central America, and Canada.
As a law partner in the Philadelphia office and the Washington, D.C. Metro office of Fisher Phillips LLP, he is the chair of the firm's International Employment Practice Group. Bill counsels employers on various global employment, compensation and benefit issues related to employees abroad, as well as foreign nationals working in the U.S. and the employment of U.S. permanent residents and citizens abroad. Bill has worked with compliance issues related to hiring, retention and separation of employees in a multitude of jurisdictions. His experience with global employment issues has helped him assist clients with international operations on all seven continents, including Antarctica. Bill has assisted clients with the implementation of strategic planning and policy development with respect to global HR practices and policies. He has also assisted clients with the management of litigation and employment controversy matters in numerous international jurisdictions. Bill has also counseled clients based outside the United States with the special considerations that are required when complying with U.S. employment and employee benefit rules and regulations. Bill regularly becomes involved with resolving questions related to privacy and data protection issues.
Bill has been a speaker on global employment issues in Europe, Canada and South America. He has contributed employee benefits-related articles to the International Pension Lawyer, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel and other publications. He has participated in several global employment, labor and employee benefits related programs, including those offered by the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association's Section on International Law, the Law Society of England & Wales, Society of Human Resources Management, and the Association of Corporate Counsel National Conference, as well as many other programs sponsored by business organizations and local bar associations. Bill also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Employers Forum and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
LL.M., 1995, Georgetown University
J.D., 1993, Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
B.A., 1987, Villanova University
Chris Stief has more than 20 years of experience assisting multinational employers in a range of cross-border labor and employment matters and helping them protect their sensitive and confidential information. He routinely represents clients throughout the U.S. and key jurisdictions in Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.
Chris has a particular focus on litigating, mediating, and advising companies in connection with restrictive covenants, trade secrets, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, unfair competition, employee raids and team moves, and the duty of loyalty issues. His litigation experience includes both enforcement and defense, and he has prosecuted and resisted anti-suit injunction actions in E.U. jurisdictions involving the application of the EU’s Brussels Regulation (Recast) on Personal Jurisdiction.
Chris is a member of 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 employee workers globally. He co-organized and was a keynote speaker at Global Business Protections 2018: International Restrictive Covenants and Confidential Information, a conference in London that will take place once again in 2022.
Helped a multinational industrial parts manufacturer to update and harmonize its approach to restrictive covenants across its global operations. This involved working with local counsel to tailor various provisions applying to differing levels of employees and ensuring each was effective in the relevant jurisdictions.
J.D., 1991, cum laude, Boston University School of Law
B.A., 1985, Dickinson College
Nan Sato’s legal background and extensive experience living and working in different countries makes her a trusted advisor and project leader with a keen ability to “translate” business cultures, spot issues and offer tailored solutions. She works closely with clients to gain a deep understanding of their business needs, identifies the best way to address each component in various countries around the world, actively manages the work, and makes sure it’s done correctly and complies with applicable laws and regulations.
Nan has spent more than a decade representing U.S. companies operating abroad and foreign companies who are looking to expand into the U.S. market. As a U.S. attorney with both Chinese and Japanese legal knowledge, she is uniquely situated to examine issues from the viewpoint of U.S. companies and provide them with the practical solutions for their operations in China and Japan.
She frequently advises employers on their international employment issues in Europe, Canada, and Latin America. She counsels clients globally on establishing new international operations, acquiring employees, termination processes, international labor relations, as well as cross-border employment disputes.
Nan is a Registered Foreign Lawyer (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi) in Japan and an attorney at Field-R Law Offices in Tokyo, Japan.
Her clients come from a variety of industries including manufacturing, finance, trading, biotech, technology, entertainment, sports, fashion, and education.
Nan is a frequent speaker on cross-border legal issues and regularly writes on international employment topics.
Mauricio J. Foeth is a lawyer practicing in Mexico and Germany. He is admitted to the bar in both countries.
Mauricio focuses on international aspects of labor and employment and commercial law and global employment issues. He regularly advises major U.S. and European companies from various industry sectors in collective and individual labor law, as well as compensation and benefit issues related to the employment of foreign nationals in Mexico and Europe. He has extensive experience in hiring, retaining, and separating employees in Mexico and Europe and employers’ compliance with local employment and benefit laws. He assists many U.S. and European clients with their labor and HR-businesses in Mexico.
Mauricio is a lawyer who is well respected by, among others, the German, Austrian, Irish, Polish, UK (HLA) and Canadian Embassies and is a member of the German-Mexican (Camexa) and Dutch Chambers of Commerce in Mexico. He is a member of the board of the German-Mexican Lawyers Association (DMJV) and the German-Mexican Association (DMG).
He is fluent in German, Spanish and English and has basic knowledge of French and Polish.
Mauricio received his doctorate in international arbitration from the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas (IIJ) of the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM), Mexico's oldest and most prestigious university.