Russell Beck and Nicole Corvini Daly to Speak at MCLE Seminar on Noncompetes and Other Restrictive Covenants

 

Event Details

June 4, 2024

2-5 p.m. ET

Online

Registration is available from MCLE.

On June 4, 2024, Russell Beck and Nicole Corvini Daly will be speaking at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s seminar titled “What We Know About Noncompetes, Confidentiality & Nondisparagement Provisions a Year Later.” Russell is the chair of the seminar.

The presentation is described as follows:

In 2023, noncompete clauses in employee agreements came under heavy scrutiny not only by state legislatures, but by both the Federal Trade Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.

In early 2023, the FTC announced that it was pursuing so-called “enforcement actions” against several companies for their use of noncompetes. Immediately after the announcement, the FTC issued a notice that it was considering a rule to ban virtually all noncompetes and other employee restrictions that could inhibit employee mobility.

Soon thereafter, the NLRB issued the McLaren Macomb decision stating that the confidentiality and nondisparagement provisions included in the severance agreement infringed on employees’ rights, rendering the severance agreement unlawful. Following that decision, the NLRB General Counsel issued a memo stating that the use of noncompetes and potentially other restrictive covenants is an unfair labor practice.

The NLRB then followed up with an unfair labor charge against a company using a noncompete and other restrictive covenants. Since then, California passed two laws purporting to apply California’s anti-restrictive covenant policy across the country, allowing employees to “flee” to California to sanitize themselves from their contractual obligations.

The FTC and NLRB General Counsel’s actions fundamentally alter the landscape for nondisclosure agreements, noncompetes, and other restrictive covenants that have been developed and refined for over 200 years. And, California potentially upends the entire system with its expansive rejection of other states’ restrictive covenant laws. Learn what happened, how companies have responded, and how to move forward in light of the increasing limitations on restrictive covenants.

A full program for the presentation is available here.

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

Russell Beck is a founding partner of Beck Reed Riden LLP. He has over thirty years of experience working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters. He assisted the Obama White House as part of a small working group to develop President Obama’s Noncompete Call to Action, and authored 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.

Nicole Corvini Daly is a partner at Beck Reed Riden LLP. Her practice focuses on litigating and advising on the use and enforceability of noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements.

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.

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 Strafford Seminar on Trade Secrets and Noncompete Regulation

Event Details

June 25, 2024

1 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Registration and additional information is available from Strafford.

On June 25, 2024, Russell Beck will be speaking at a Strafford seminar titled “FTC Final Rule Banning Worker Noncompete Provisions: Employer Impact, Legal Challenges, Preparing for Compliance.”

The presentation is described as follows:

This CLE webinar will provide an in-depth look at the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) long-anticipated final rule banning worker noncompete provisions with few exceptions. The panel will examine the impact on businesses, address interaction with state law, and, given the expansive scope of the rule, address what counsel and clients should be doing now to prepare for compliance despite legal challenges.

On Apr. 23, 2024, the FTC published its long-anticipated final rule banning the use of noncompete clauses in the workplace for most workers with limited exceptions. Despite immediate legal challenges, given the scope and impact of the final rule, counsel and their clients should understand the rule’s requirements and begin preparing for compliance in the event that the rule fully survives judicial scrutiny. Timing will be important.

The final rule effectively covers any person or business operating for profit within the FTC’s jurisdiction and imposes a prospective ban on new noncompete agreements with any worker, broadly defined to include employees, independent contractors, externs, interns, volunteers, apprentices, and sole proprietors. The rule also invalidates all existing noncompete provisions except for those with “senior executives” who are narrowly defined in the rule.

The rule defines “noncompete clause” as a term or condition that prohibits, penalizes, or prevents workers from seeking or accepting work after the end of their employment. The FTC states that whether a given contractual provision constitutes a “noncompete” clause is a fact-specific inquiry. Therefore, whether other restrictive covenants such as non-solicitation clauses can fall within the rule’s purviewalthough these are not specifically addressed.

Before the rule’s effective date, employers will be required to provide written notice to current or former workers that their noncompete clause cannot be legally enforced and will not be enforced against the worker. There are limited exceptions to the ban.

Listen as our expert panel provides an in-depth look at the FTC’s final rule banning the use of worker noncompete provisions. The panel will discuss the impact on businesses, address the current state of the rule’s implementation including any legal challenges, and describe the rule’s interaction with state laws. The panel will also offer best practices for preparing for compliance.

A full program for the presentation is available here.

Russell frequently writes 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 January 2023, Russell wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.” Russell recently published a helpful guide for employers seeking to protect confidential information following implementation of a nationwide noncompete ban.

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

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 to Speak at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Noncompete Agreement Program

On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, Russell Beck will be speaking at Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s program on noncompete agreements.

The free, one-hour virtual program is titled “FTC Adopts Nationwide Ban on Noncompetes.”

The program starts at 11 a.m. ET. More information and registration is available here.

Speakers will discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s issuance of a proposed final rule restricting noncompete agreements nationwide for most workers. The panel will explain “what the rule says, what exceptions are provided, what steps employers must take, and what legal challenges are expected.”

 


Russell frequently writes 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 January 2023, Russell wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.” Russell recently published a helpful guide for employers seeking to protect confidential information following implementation of a nationwide noncompete ban.

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

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 and Sarah Tishler to Speak at PLI Noncompete Agreement Program

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, Russell Beck and Sarah Tishler will be speaking at Practising Law Institute’s program on noncompete agreements. Russell is the Chairperson of the event.

The program, which will be held in New York City and is also available online, is titled “Fundamentals of Noncompetes 2024.”

The program starts at 1:30 p.m. ET on May 15, 2023. More information and registration is available here.

Speakers will “provide all of the essential information you need to know about restrictive covenant law, including understanding the types of restrictive covenants, the interests they can protect, and the rules for their use.”

In addition, according to the course description, attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify the key issues concerning restrictive covenant law and the various kinds of restrictive covenant agreements
  • Understand the basics of trade secrets, goodwill, and other protectable business interests
  • Evaluate and update agreements to protect your company’s business interests from departing employees
  • Manage through the common issues in litigation concerning noncompetes and other restrictive covenants

The presentation is for any “lawyer or human resources personnel that will be assisting companies or individuals in evaluating, enforcing, and defending against noncompetes and other restrictive covenants, anyone involved in the hiring of employees, and anyone else responsible for an organization’s internal hiring policies.”

ussell will be giving the opening remarks for the program. Sarah will be speaking on a panel titled “Practical Tips for Drafting Noncompete Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants.” This panel will discuss the basic components and strategies of litigating matters concerning restrictive covenants. The panelists will provide valuable information to help attendees:


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

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 to Speak at Foley & Lardner Program on Noncompete Ban

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, Russell Beck will be speaking at Foley & Lardner’s program on the FTC’s noncompete ban.

The program, which will be held online, is titled “The FTC Noncompete Rule: Where Do We Go From Here?

The 1-hour program starts at 12 p.m. ET on May 9. More information and registration is available here.

The program is described as follows:

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to finalize a rule abolishing the vast majority of employee noncompetes across the United States. The vote is an unprecedented step for the FTC, and there is significant uncertainty about whether the FTC has the authority to do this in the first place. In fact, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among other groups, has already filed a lawsuit challenging the Noncompete Rule, seeking injunctive relief to delay the effective date as well as a ruling to vacate the Noncompete Rule in its entirety. While the process plays out in court, the rule would purport to have a broad impact on a wide array of businesses and industries, including health care, technology, and manufacturing.

To learn more about how the FTC’s noncompete rule may affect you and your business — as well as the legal challenges that have already been brought in response — join us for a timely and informative webinar on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT, where we will discuss the rule and the potential paths forward.


Russell frequently writes 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 January 2023, Russell wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.” Russell recently published a helpful guide for employers seeking to protect confidential information following implementation of a nationwide noncompete ban.

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.


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 to Speak at Boston Bar Association Program on Noncompete Ban

On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, Russell Beck will be speaking at the Boston Bar Association’s program on the FTC’s noncompete ban.

The program, which will be held online, is titled “Navigating the FTC’s Non-compete Ban.”

The 1-hour program starts at 12 p.m. ET on May 8. More information and registration is available here.

The program will discuss practical steps that companies can and should take now, in light of recent state and federal efforts to eliminate noncompete agreements. The program is described as follows:

ur esteemed group of panelists will provide an overview of the FTC’s recently-announced Final Rule prohibiting most non-compete agreements. The panel will address the Final Rule and explain what it prohibits, and discuss its exceptions, practical implications for both employers and employees who may be affected, and the ongoing challenges to the Final Rule’s implementation.


Russell frequently writes 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 January 2023, Russell wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.” Russell recently published a helpful guide for employers seeking to protect confidential information following implementation of a nationwide noncompete ban.

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.


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 to Chair MCLE Program on Noncompete Ban

Russell Beck will be chairing the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s seminar on the FTC’s noncompete ban.

The presentation, titled “FTC Decision on the Proposed Noncompete Rule,” will take place online on May 6, 2024, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

Registration and additional information for the MCLE program can be found here.

Russell will be speaking about the FTC’s issuance of a proposed final rule restricting noncompete agreements nationwide for most workers.

The program is described as follows:

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission, by a 3-2 vote, adopted a rule establishing an unprecedented nationwide ban on noncompete agreements. This sweeping regulation, extraordinarily broad yet somewhat vague, extends to other types of agreements such as non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, as well as other restrictive covenants that could arguably prevent competition.

This new program provides an overview and analysis of the FTC’s final rule, what companies need to know about the notice requirements, and what agreements can be used going forward to protect trade secrets, confidential business information, and goodwill.


Russell frequently writes 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 January 2023, Russell wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.” Russell recently published a helpful guide for employers seeking to protect confidential information following implementation of a nationwide noncompete ban.

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.


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.

Sarah Tishler Quoted in Article about FTC’s Noncompete Ban

Sarah Tishler was recently quoted in an article about the Federal Trade Commission’s new rule banning noncompete agreements.

The article, titled “FTC’s Noncompete Ban a Blow to Asset Managers,” appeared in Ignites, a service from the Financial Times.

he article discusses the FTC’s issuance of a proposed final rule restricting noncompete agreements nationwide for most workers, as well as efforts by several entities to stop implementation of the rule through various lawsuits.

In the article, Sarah discusses the impact of restricting noncompete employment agreements as follows:

Noncompetes are “part of the normal set of options” available to a fund firm to protect proprietary information when an employee leaves, and they are especially relevant for the departure of “relationship-centric” employees, said Sarah Tishler, an attorney at Beck Reed Riden who is not related to the suits.

“If noncompetes are truly off the table, the likely outcome is an increase in the amount of trade secret litigation when fund employees go to a competitor,” Tishler said. “Without noncompetes, I think it is likely that there will be a lot of thought given to incentivizing top performers to stay, to avoid any temptation to jump to a competitor firm.”

The April 26, 2024, was written by Sabrina Kharrazi.


Sarah Tishler is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on complex business disputes in state and federal courts, including intellectual property, breach of contract, and fraud claims.


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 Sandpiper Partners’ Annual Trade Secrets Conference

On Tuesday, April 30, 2024, Russell Beck will be speaking at Sandpiper Partners’ seventh annual program on trade secrets.

The event will be held in San Francisco. This invitation-only program is titled “Hot Topics in Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement, and Litigation.”

The one-day, in-person program starts at 9 a.m. PT on April 30, 2024 at Morrison & Foerster Conference Center, 425 Market Street, San Francisco, California. More details are available here.

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

  • Forum selection for civil enforcement
  • Criminal prosecution and cooperation with the government
  • Discovery and trial strategy
  • Damage award trends and non-monetary relief
  • Corporate best practices for managing and protecting trade secrets

According to the event’s description:

2024 is shaping up as a pivotal year for companies to revise practices related to non-competition, NDAs and non-solicitation agreements.  The new changes taking effect now in California dramatically changes the way companies handle competitive employment situations.  FTC may ban employers nationwide from implementing non-compete agreements. 

With the FTC putting companies on notice that non-competition agreements may soon be banned, companies cannot wait to revise practices and change direction on employee protections.  In addition to the FTC, the NLRB is also opining that many employee rights are protected by non-solicitation requirements. 

 This area of law and practice is in flux in many ways.  The conference will sort out the bans and the employee rights as well as company enforcement efforts.  We will also discuss employment and labor best practices for protecting employee rights while enhancing company benefits.


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.

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.

Bloomberg Law Features Russell Beck on Noncompete Agreements

Russell Beck was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article about the FTC’s proposed final rule banning noncompete agreements.

The story is titled “Noncompete Ban Amplifies Biden Push to Loosen Worker Contracts.” The April 24, 2024, article was written by Danielle Kaye and Parker Purifoy.

The article discusses the Federal Trade Commission’s issuance of a proposed final rule restricting noncompete agreements nationwide for most workers.

The article quotes Russell discussing the White House strategy behind the use of administrative agencies to regulate employment agreements as follows:

“You’ve got some members of Congress and administration saying, if you can’t do it through Congress, we’ll try another approach,” said Russell Beck, a trade secrets lawyer at Beck Reed Riden LLP. “Here’s the other approach.”

The April 24, 2024, article was written by Danielle Kaye and Parker Purifoy.


Russell frequently writes 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 January 2023, Russell wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.” Russell recently published a helpful guide for employers seeking to protect confidential information following implementation of a nationwide noncompete ban.

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.

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.

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