Russell Beck to Speak at Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference

Russell Beck will be speaking at the 57th Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference. Russell’s panel presentation is titled “You Can’t Do That. Or Can You? The Evolving Landscape of Restrictive Covenants.”

The conference takes place on April 18 & 192024, at the Seattle Convention Center.

The Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference is the longest running labor and employment law conference in the Pacific Northwest. This event gathers 250 attendees each year. Prominent speakers from across the United States will present at the conference.


For up-to-the-minute analysis of legal issues concerning trade secrets and noncompete agreements in Massachusetts and across the United States, read Russell Beck’s blog, Fair Competition Law.

ussell frequently writes and speaks about trade secrets and noncompete agreements. He was featured on NPR and quoted in the New York Times discussing federal regulatory efforts targeting noncompete agreements. In November 2023, Russell hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss California’s new, expanded, anti-restrictive covenant laws. In January 2023, Russell was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article about the FTC’s proposed rule, and he wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

The Wall Street Journal featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience. In 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized, and includes:

  • Over thirty years of experience working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Assisting the Obama White House as part of a small working group to develop President Obama’s Noncompete Call to Action
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (6th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2021), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete matters
  • Authoring the book Trade Secrets Law for the Massachusetts Practitioner (1st ed. MCLE 2019), covering trade secrets nationally, with a focus on Massachusetts law
  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administering the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administering the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,660 and 870 members, respectively, around the world
  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide, which stated that Russell Beck is “an expert in the field of trade secret and restrictive covenant law,” and is also noted for his “ability to adjust and come up with successful solutions.” Chambers noted that Russell “basically wrote the new Massachusetts statute on noncompetes” and that “he’s an expert in employee mobility and nonrestrictive covenants.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment.

We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Steve Riden and Sarah Tishler Speaking About Tortious Interference for Federal Bar Association

 

On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, Steve Riden and Sarah Tishler will give a presentation for the Federal Bar Association titled “Tortious Interference with Contracts and Business Relations: Proving and defending claims (2024 Edition).”

The presentation will be conducted via webinar on March 13, 2024, from 2 to 4:10 p.m. ET. Registration information and other details are available here.

According to the program summary:

Commercial relationships and contracts are both susceptible to interference by others. Former employees and competitors sometimes resort to improper tactics to gain an unfair advantage. Business litigators need to be aware of the variety of fact patterns that can support a claim for tortious interference. This versatile tort is an essential tool to address a wide range of commercial misconduct and unfair competition.

These claims are used in a variety of industries, and the presentation will address real-world application of this tort in the following areas:

  • Real Estate Industry: How tortious interference claims come into play in real estate transactions, including case studies and real-world examples.
  • Tech Sector: Examining tortious interference in the dynamic realm of technology and innovation.
  • Employment Disputes: Addressing the application of tortious interference claims in employment-related conflicts.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • What must plaintiffs prove to establish a tortious interference claim?
  • What are the potential defenses to defeat tortious interference claims?
  • What damages are available to prevailing plaintiffs in tortious interference cases?
  • How do tortious interference claims overlap with related employment, unfair competition, and defamation claims?

teve’s practice is in commercial litigation, and he represents corporate and individual clients in a wide array of commercial disputes across the country, and his primary focus is litigating trade secrets related matters. Over the past year, he has worked on myriad actions in state and federal courts involving trade secret issues, including representing several key witnesses in a jury trial that resulted in an award of more than $2 billion in damages for trade secret misappropriation.

arah is a senior counsel at Beck Reed Riden LLP. Sarah’s practice is concentrated on trade secret and restrictive covenant advising and litigation, employee mobility, and commercial litigation. Sarah has won successful outcomes for clients on both sides of these disputes in all stages of litigation, including the preliminary injunction stage, jury trials, and mediation. Sarah has also counseled clients on the identification and protection of trade secrets, and the enforceability of noncompetes and other restrictive covenants. Sarah was named by the Legal 500 as a Rising Star for 2023 in the area of Trade Secrets.

eck Reed Riden LLP is among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

The Wall Street Journal featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience. In 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment.

We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

 

Russell Beck to Speak at PLI on California’s New Noncompete Restrictions

On Thursday, January 18, 2024, Russell Beck will be speaking at Practising Law Institute’s program on California’s new noncompete laws.

Russell’s presentation is titled “Can You Avoid the Californication of Your Restrictive Covenant Agreements?” The one-hour, live briefing starts at 3 p.m. ET on January 18, 2024. More information and registration is available here.

During this discussion, registrants will learn:

  • How California’s current law changed, and what other recent developments do companies need to know about (15 minutes);
  • Practical implications of California’s changes: what agreements are at risk, and who will be affected and how (20 minutes); and
  • Strategies for protecting trade secrets, customer relationships, and workforce integrity in light of California’s changes, with a focus on what to do about existing restrictive covenants, how to draft restrictive covenants going forward, alternatives to traditional restrictive covenants, and other strategies to consider (25 minutes).

The program is tailored for lawyers and human resources personnel who assist companies or individuals in evaluating, enforcing, and defending against noncompetes and other restrictive covenants, as well as anyone involved in the hiring of employees, and anyone else responsible for an organization’s internal hiring policies or lobbying on related issues.


Russell has recently been writing and speaking about California’s latest efforts to restrict noncompete agreements.

For up-to-the-minute analysis of legal issues concerning trade secrets and noncompete agreements in Massachusetts and across the United States, read Russell Beck’s blog, Fair Competition Law.

ussell frequently writes and speaks about trade secrets and noncompete agreements. He was featured on NPR and quoted in the New York Times discussing federal regulatory efforts targeting noncompete agreements. In November 2023, Russell hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss California’s new, expanded, anti-restrictive covenant laws. In January 2023, Russell was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article about the FTC’s proposed rule, and he wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

The Wall Street Journal featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience. In 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized, and includes:

  • Over thirty years of experience working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Assisting the Obama White House as part of a small working group to develop President Obama’s Noncompete Call to Action
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (6th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2021), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete matters
  • Authoring the book Trade Secrets Law for the Massachusetts Practitioner (1st ed. MCLE 2019), covering trade secrets nationally, with a focus on Massachusetts law
  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administering the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administering the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,660 and 870 members, respectively, around the world
  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide, which stated that Russell Beck is “an expert in the field of trade secret and restrictive covenant law,” and is also noted for his “ability to adjust and come up with successful solutions.” Chambers noted that Russell “basically wrote the new Massachusetts statute on noncompetes” and that “he’s an expert in employee mobility and nonrestrictive covenants.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment.

We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Bob Shea Featured in Boston.com’s “Job Doc” Column

Bob Shea‘s discussion of the Massachusetts CROWN Act was featured in Boston.com’s “Ask the Job Doc” column. In the column, Bob answers a question about the Massachusetts CROWN Act as follows:

Q:  Can you describe to me what the CROWN Act is?  I thought I had a sound understanding of state laws, including PFML, but this is a new one for me.  Also, does it apply to everyone?  What about independent contractors or temps?  Can you help me understand?

A: The CROWN Act bans discrimination based on a person’s hairstyle, and in particular hair styles that may be associated with race.  Signed into law by Governor Baker, the law became effective on October 24, 2022.  Massachusetts has joined a growing number of states in prohibiting discrimination in schools and workplaces, based on hairstyles that are historically associated with race.

To share more detail, I consulted Robert Shea, a partner at Beck Reed Ridden LLP in Boston.  Shea explains that the “CROWN” in the CROWN Act stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.”  Shea further adds, “The Act does not create a new protected class of individuals but rather expands the definition of race across multiple statutes in Massachusetts.”  The primary anti-discrimination statute in Massachusetts, Chapter 151B, now has an expanded definition of racial discrimination, which includes hairstyles that may be “historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair type, hair length and protective hairstyles.”  More specifically, these hairstyles include braids, locks, twists, Bantu knots or hair coverings.  In the past, workplace dress codes may have forced many men and women to adapt their hairstyles to conform to a dress code, or a health or safety standard.

The CROWN Act applies to employers with 6 or more employees.  Independent contractors and temporary employees can also file a claim against an employer, or a school, citing race, or CROWN Act, discrimination.

In Massachusetts, the CROWN Act was born out of a 2017 policy violation, which occurred at a Massachusetts charter school.  Two sisters were disciplined for wearing braid extensions, which school administrators said was against school policy. This hairstyle had been banned at this charter school at that time and the sisters were barred from several school events.  CROWN Act supporters have expressed concerns about how Black women, in particular, have been treated differently because of their hair styles.  The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against the school, based on the school’s policy.

Massachusetts employers should review any related policies and/or handbooks to ensure they are complying with the CROWN Act.  If there are health or safety issues within the workplace (e.g. serving food or operating machinery), an employer may request that hair should be covered or fastened to eliminate health or safety concerns.  However, these requests should be applied consistently, to any employee, based on the role and the job duties.


The column was written by Pattie Hunt Sinacole, CEO and Founder of First Beacon Group LLC.


ob Shea represents clients in all areas of labor and employment law. With a comprehensive understanding of this legal landscape, he assists clients in various industries, offering counsel on matters such as discrimination, termination, wage disputes, and compliance issues.

His commitment to finding effective solutions sets him apart. Bob dedicates a substantial part of his practice to alternative dispute resolution (ADR), emphasizing mediation and arbitration as powerful tools to resolve conflicts outside of traditional courtroom proceedings.

Bob’s approach is characterized by a combination of legal expertise, strategic insight, and a keen understanding of his clients’ specific needs. He prioritizes clear communication and collaborative problem-solving, ensuring that each client receives tailored guidance and representation throughout the legal process.

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment.

We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Russell Beck to Speak at Sandpiper Partners on Trade Secrets

On Thursday, December 14, 2023, Russell Beck will be speaking at Sandpiper Partners’ annual program on trade secrets. The program, which will be held in Chicago, is titled “Hot Topics in Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement, and Litigation.”

Russell will be a panelist and co-moderator. The one-day, invitation-only program starts at 8:30 a.m. CT on December 14, 2023. Registration and additional information is available here.

The program brings together judges, government lawyers, in-house counsel, and outside lawyers from across the country. Attendees will learn about the following topics:

  • Overview of trade secret law
  • Trade secret protective measures
  • New damages theories
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Identifying and protecting trade secrets in litigation
  • Using AI in trade secrets litigation

For up-to-the-minute analysis of legal issues concerning trade secrets and noncompete agreements in Massachusetts and across the United States, read Russell Beck’s blog, Fair Competition Law.

ussell frequently writes and speaks about trade secrets and noncompete agreements. He was featured on NPR and quoted in the New York Times discussing federal regulatory efforts targeting noncompete agreements. In November 2023, Russell hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss California’s new, expanded, anti-restrictive covenant laws. In January 2023, Russell was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article about the FTC’s proposed rule, and he wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

The Wall Street Journal featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience. In 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized, and includes:

  • Over thirty years of experience working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Assisting the Obama White House as part of a small working group to develop President Obama’s Noncompete Call to Action
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (6th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2021), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete matters
  • Authoring the book Trade Secrets Law for the Massachusetts Practitioner (1st ed. MCLE 2019), covering trade secrets nationally, with a focus on Massachusetts law
  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administering the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administering the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,660 and 870 members, respectively, around the world
  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide, which stated that Russell Beck is “an expert in the field of trade secret and restrictive covenant law,” and is also noted for his “ability to adjust and come up with successful solutions.” Chambers noted that Russell “basically wrote the new Massachusetts statute on noncompetes” and that “he’s an expert in employee mobility and nonrestrictive covenants.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment.

We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Steve Riden in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on Confidential Information Disclosure

A recent issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features a quote from Steve Riden in an article titled “Added attorneys’ fees in earlier case provides basis for standing.”

The article covers a decision by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the analysis of whether a party had standing to assert a claim arising out of the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information in a separate lawsuit. The decision was entered in the case titled Wiener v. MIB Group, Inc.

The decision addresses whether attorneys fees incurred in a separate lawsuit, incurred as a result of the unauthorized disclosure of certain life insurance information to another party in that action, could support a claim against the disclosing party. Notably, the entity that disclosed the confidential, person information did so on its own volition – it was not compelled to do so in response to a subpoena.

In the article, Stephen Riden is quoted as follows:

There may not be many cases with similar facts — where an entity holds such comprehensive information across an industry, like the defendants in Wiener possessed about life insurance applicants, said Boston attorney Stephen D. Riden.

However, there are plenty of cases in which people outside of a lawsuit — often former employees, who do not enjoy whistleblower protection but may be bound by confidentiality agreements — may have information helpful to one of the parties.

The disadvantaged party may then come to believe they suffered an injury from the disclosure of that information in violation of a confidentiality agreement, Riden noted. The rationale behind Wiener suggests that the third party could then be sued.

“[The decision] hints at opening up another front for litigation,” Riden said.

Boston attorney Justin P. O’Brien agreed, noting that in his practice he has had instances in which he has tried unsuccessfully to argue that the expenditure of attorneys’ fees is potentially actionable.

Practitioners will want to be aware of the Wiener decision, as it provides a “toehold to that issue,” he said.

To insulate and provide cover for witnesses from claims like the plaintiff’s, attorneys should consider sending those witnesses a subpoena, Riden suggested.

The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s reporter, Kris Olson.


Steve is a seasoned litigator with substantial experience successfully litigating complex commercial matters in state and federal court. Steve has substantial experience representing owners involved in intra-corporate disputes, including shareholder litigation and close-corporation control matters.

His exceptional track record in navigating the intricacies of court procedures, coupled with his deep understanding of commercial law, has earned him a reputation for delivering favorable outcomes for his clients. With an acute attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to upholding the rights and interests of his clients, Steve consistently demonstrates his ability to effectively advocate for their positions.


Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment.

We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Russell Beck Leads Panel for New York City Bar on Noncompete Regulation

New York City BarOn December 12, 2023, Russell Beck was a panel leader at the New York City Bar Association’s Trade Secrets Symposium. Russell’s panel was “Navigating Non-Compete Bans in New York.

The New York City Bar describes the symposium as follow:

This two-day program, focusing on trade secret law, will examine some of an organization’s most valuable assets, from cutting edge technologies to profit-enhancing improvements and beyond.

The panels will include esteemed judges, in-house counsel, representatives from government agencies and top practitioners examining both the plaintiff and defense-side of the law. IP lawyers, employment lawyers, general counsel and executives should attend.

Russell’s panel focused on recent efforts by the New York legislature to forbid the use of noncompete agreements.

While efforts to curtail the use of noncompetes are not new, New York’s legislative action was part of the increased momentum towards nationwide restrictions banning or restricting the use of noncompetes for workers in a wide range of industries. Russell has written several articles about New York’s noncompete legislation, including the governor’s recent veto of the noncompete bill. In addition, Russell penned a letter to New York’s governor outlining key considerations for regulating noncompete covenants.

The panelists were:

  • John P. Barry of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Larissa C. Bergin of Jones Day
  • Benjamin I. Fink of Berman Fink Van Horn. P.C.

A full program for the presentation is available here.

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ussell frequently writes and speaks about current efforts to regulate noncompete agreements. He was featured on NPR and quoted in the New York Times discussing federal regulatory efforts targeting noncompete agreements. In November 2023, Russell hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss California’s new, expanded, anti-restrictive covenant laws. In January 2023, Russell was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article about the FTC’s proposed rule, and he wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

The Wall Street Journal featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience. In 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized, and includes:

  • Over thirty years of experience working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Assisting the Obama White House as part of a small working group to develop President Obama’s Noncompete Call to Action
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (6th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2021), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete matters
  • Authoring the book Trade Secrets Law for the Massachusetts Practitioner (1st ed. MCLE 2019), covering trade secrets nationally, with a focus on Massachusetts law
  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administering the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administering the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,660 and 870 members, respectively, around the world
  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide, which stated that Russell Beck is “an expert in the field of trade secret and restrictive covenant law,” and is also noted for his “ability to adjust and come up with successful solutions.” Chambers noted that Russell “basically wrote the new Massachusetts statute on noncompetes” and that “he’s an expert in employee mobility and nonrestrictive covenants.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment.

We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Russell Beck Speaks at MCLE About Noncompete Agreements

On December 1, 2023, Russell Beck spoke about noncompete agreements at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s 26th Annual Employment Law Conference 2023.

Russell’s noncompete presentation was part of a panel titled “Update on the Legal Issues Surrounding Non-Competition Agreements and Other Restrictive Covenants,” The presentation will be rebroadcast on December 18 and 28, and a recording is available here.

Russell’s presentation focused on recent developments in noncompete law, including signification changes to California laws that will have far-reaching impact on employers, the proposed federal ban on noncompetes, and developments in states legislatures across the country.

or up-to-the-minute analysis of legal issues concerning trade secrets and non-compete agreements in Massachusetts and across the United States, read Russell Beck’s blog, Fair Competition Law.

Russell frequently writes and speaks about current efforts to regulate noncompete agreements. He was featured on NPR and quoted in the New York Times discussing federal regulatory efforts targeting noncompete agreements. In November 2023, Russell hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss California’s new, expanded, anti-restrictive covenant laws. In January 2023, Russell was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article about the FTC’s proposed rule, and he wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

The Wall Street Journal featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience. In 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized, and includes:

  • Over thirty years of experience working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Assisting the Obama White House as part of a small working group to develop President Obama’s Noncompete Call to Action
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (6th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2021), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete matters
  • Authoring the book Trade Secrets Law for the Massachusetts Practitioner (1st ed. MCLE 2019), covering trade secrets nationally, with a focus on Massachusetts law
  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administering the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administering the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,660 and 870 members, respectively, around the world
  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide, which stated that Russell Beck is “an expert in the field of trade secret and restrictive covenant law,” and is also noted for his “ability to adjust and come up with successful solutions.” Chambers noted that Russell “basically wrote the new Massachusetts statute on noncompetes” and that “he’s an expert in employee mobility and nonrestrictive covenants.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment.

We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Beck Reed Riden LLP in 2024 Best Law Firms Ranking

Beck Reed Riden LLP has again received national recognition in Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” publication for 2024.

Beck Reed Riden LLP received two national rankings in addition to several regional rankings. Specifically, Best Lawyers designated Beck Reed Riden LLP as a Tier 2 firm nationally in the category of Litigation – Labor & Employment, and a Tier 3 firm nationally for Commercial Litigation.

The complete list of Beck Reed Riden LLP’s rankings is as follows:

National rankings:

Tier 2 in Litigation – Labor & Employment
Tier 3 in Commercial Litigation

Regional rankings: Boston, MA
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Employment Law – Management

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Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment.

We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Russell Beck in Lawyers Weekly on Employee Nonsolicit Agreements

A recent issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features discussion with Russell Beck in an article titled “Judge nixes extension of ‘anti-raiding’ provision.”

The article covers a Massachusetts Superior Court decision concerning a company’s effort to enforce language in a former executive’s employment agreement that would extend the duration of an anti-raiding provision based on the executive’s alleged violation of a non-disparagement clause. The article was written by Lawyers Weekly reporter Eric T. Berkman.

The court order notes that the plaintiff “failed to put forward allegations plausibly suggesting that its enforcement of the anti-raiding provision in connection with [the departures of two employees] serves a legitimate business purpose. Relying on three unpublished federal district court cases, [plaintiff] argues that … the loss of the talent and goodwill of employees is a legitimate business interest…. But, with respect to the federal bench, these cases misapprehend Massachusetts law. ‘A non-competition agreement is enforceable only ‘to protect the employer’s good will, not to appropriate the good will of the employee.’”

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

The article quotes Russell Beck as follows:

Russell Beck of Boston said the ruling is significant in that it rejects federal court decisions that allow the employer to appropriate the goodwill of the employee.

Still, he said, determining whether goodwill belongs to an employer or employee can be a complex analysis that appears not to have been warranted by the facts of this case.

“Accordingly, I would caution against reading the court’s narrow, fact-depending holding too broadly,” he said.


For up-to-the-minute analysis of legal issues concerning trade secrets and noncompete agreements in Massachusetts and across the United States, read Russell Beck’s blog, Fair Competition Law.

eck Reed Riden LLP is among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

The Wall Street Journal featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience. In 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized, and includes:

  • Over thirty years of experience working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Assisting the Obama White House as part of a small working group to develop President Obama’s Noncompete Call to Action
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (6th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2021), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete matters
  • Authoring the book Trade Secrets Law for the Massachusetts Practitioner (1st ed. MCLE 2019), covering trade secrets nationally, with a focus on Massachusetts law
  • Drafting and advising on legislation for the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administering the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administering the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,660 and 870 members, respectively, around the world
  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2020 Chambers USA Guide, which stated that Russell Beck is “an expert in the field of trade secret and restrictive covenant law,” and is also noted for his “ability to adjust and come up with successful solutions.” Chambers noted that Russell “basically wrote the new Massachusetts statute on noncompetes” and that “he’s an expert in employee mobility and nonrestrictive covenants.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and employment.

We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

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