William Haddad Now A Partner At Beck Reed Riden LLP

Beck Reed Riden LLP is pleased to announce that William Haddad has been named a partner of the firm.

Will focuses on business litigation. Will handles litigation involving all types of commercial disputes, as well as client responses to government investigations and enforcement actions. He frequently appears in state and federal courts, as well as various government and industry forums, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Will has represented companies, institutions, executives, managers and licensed professionals from many different industries. For example, Will has represented William-Haddad-Partnership-color-iiclients in the following industries, among others:

  • Investment banking
  • Securities trading
  • Insurance
  • Health care
  • Defense contracting

Prior to joining Beck Reed Riden LLP, in 2013, Will practiced in New York at Shearman & Sterling LLP and in Boston at Collora LLP, representing clients in connection with Department of Justice, SEC, FINRA and state Attorney General investigations, as well as commercial litigation.

About Us

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor 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 Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

The June 3, 2013, issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Russell Beck in an article about a recent Federal Court decision in Massachusetts. The decision involves a dispute over noncompete agreements and unpaid overtime.  The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s reporter, Eric T. Berkman.

The article focuses on the former employees’ attempt to assert that they were owed payments for overtime work. Since the employees had already raised the issue in a separate case against them by their former employer for breach of their noncompete agreements, the federal court denied the employees’ claims on procedural grounds. The decision was entered in Brennan v. Sentient Jet, LLC.

In the article, Russell discusses the importance of having a well-drafted noncompete agreement:

Russell Beck of Beck, Reed, Riden in Boston frequently handles non-competition disputes. He said the case provides a cautionary tale for employers as well.

One of the key goals for lawyers in drafting non-compete agreements is to anticipate and head off all possible defenses, he said. Compensation is usually identified as at least one element of consideration for such an agreement, but that always gives employees a potential defense:  the failure to pay compensation as agreed.

Accordingly, Beck said, employers should consider whether they can provide sufficient consideration by way of a significant sign-on bonus, discretionary bonus, stock grant or some other consideration, and then using compensation as additional consideration.

“My view is that the best approach is [for employer’s counsel] to draft the agreement to identify all consideration, including compensation, that is in fact going to be provided and then inform [the employer] that it must provide the consideration, which includes ensuring that the employee is properly classified and paid,” Beck said.

About us

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.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized; it includes:

  • Over sixteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (4th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2010), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases
  • Drafting and advising on the current bill pending before the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,000 members 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 2012 Chambers USA Guide, which identified Russell as one of its “Notable Practitioners,” stating, “The highly regarded Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP has an excellent reputation for his work on trade secret and noncompete issues.

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

William Haddad to Give Presentation on FINRA Arbitration

On June 11, 2013, Will Haddad will appear on a panel at the Boston Bar Association titled “FINRA Arbitration: Update on Recent Developments.”

This program will review recent developments concerning FINRA arbitration and related practice tips.  Topics will include discovery, arbitrator selection, expungement and more.  The panel will also consider recent regulatory and policy developments, including regulatory hot topics that could influence the types of arbitration claims to be brought in the future.

The event will be at the BBA, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, from 12:00 to 1 p.m.

More information and registration information is available here.

Will Haddad is a partner at Beck Reed Riden LLP. He handles civil litigation involving all kinds of commercial disputes, as well as client responses to government investigations and enforcement actions. He has appeared in state and federal courts, along with various government and industry forums, including the SEC and FINRA.

About Us

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

Boston College Law School: Law Day

Beck Reed Riden LLP is proud to sponsor BC Law’s 2013 Law Day dinner.  This event will be held on May 9, 2013, at the InterContinental Hotel, Boston.

Beck Reed Riden LLP congratulates the following Law Day 2013 Honorees for their service as lawyers and dedication to Boston College Law School.

St. Thomas More Award
This award recognizes members of the legal community who represent, in their professional and private life, the ideals of St. Thomas More.

Dannel Patrick Malloy ‘80
Governor of Connecticut

William J. Keneally, SJ Alumnus of the Year  
This award recognizes a member of our alumni community who has given of him/herself to benefit the Law School, its students and alumni.

James A. Champy ‘68
Business Consultant

Hon. David S. Nelson Public Interest Law Award
This award recognizes a member of our alumni community who has made significant contributions to the public sector or in public interest law.

Barbara Kaban ‘98
Director of Juvenile Appeals for the Youth Advocacy Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services

Daniel G. Holland Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizes an alumna/us who has, over the course of his or her lifetime, made significant contributions to the Law School and/or the community.

William McCormack ‘67 Special Service Award
Generally given to a faculty member (often at the time of his or her retirement or movement to emeritus status) for extraordinary service to the Law School.

Professor Hugh Ault Chapter Award
Recognizes a member of the legal community who has made, through vision and action, a significant contribution to the development of his or her Regional Alumni Chapter.”

Stephen J. Imbriglia ‘80

Russell Beck to Chair Seminar on Noncompete Agreements

On February 6, 2013, Russell Beck will be chairing MCLE’s seminar titled “Noncompetes & Other Restrictive Covenants: Overview and update with practical drafting, enforcement, and defense tips.”

The panel for this week’s seminar includes Margaret A. Shukur, Esq., of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc., in Waltham, and Hon. Allan van Gestel (ret.) of JAMS in Boston.

Registration and more information is here.

This informative seminar will guide attorneys through the proper design and implementation of an enforceable trade secret, confidential information, and goodwill protection program.

The agenda for the seminar includes the following:

  • Recent developments in noncompete agreements and related restrictive covenants;
  • Trade Secret Audits;
  • Establishing a proper program for the protection of trade secrets, confidential information, and goodwill;
  • How to avoid common mistakes in drafting restrictive covenants; and
  • Best practices for enforcement of, and defense against enforcement of, restrictive covenants

About us

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.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized; it includes:

  • Over sixteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (4th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2010), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases
  • Drafting and advising on the current bill pending before the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,000 members 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 2012 Chambers USA Guide, which identified Russell as one of its “Notable Practitioners,” stating, “The highly regarded Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP has an excellent reputation for his work on trade secret and noncompete issues.

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor 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 to Speak at BBA’s IP Year in Review

On January 17, 2013, Russell Beck will be covering trade secrets in this year’s Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Year in Review.

The event will be at the Sheraton Hotel Boston at 39 Dalton Street, from 3:00 to 6:30, with a reception to follow.

The agenda for the seminar is as follows:

3:00-3:05 Welcome Remarks

3:05-3:35 USPTO AIA and PTAB developments, Q&A

3:35-4:00 Trade Secrets

4:00-4:30 Design Patents, Q&A

4:30-4:45 Break

4:45-5:10 IP Deals

5:10-5:35 Privacy

5:35-6:00 Copyright

6:00-6:25 Trademark

6:25-6:40 Q&A

6:40 Reception

More information is available here.

About us

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.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized; it includes:

  • Over seventeen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (4th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2010), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases
  • Drafting and advising on the current bill pending before the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Created and Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants course at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,500 members 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 2012 Chambers USA Guide, which identified Russell as one of its “Notable Practitioners,” stating, “The highly regarded Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP has an excellent reputation for his work on trade secret and noncompete issues.”

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

Stephen Riden Featured in New England In-House on Ediscovery

A recent issue of New England In-House features Stephen Riden in an article about a survey of in-house counsel on ediscovery issues. The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Managing Editor, David E. Frank.

The article focuses on a survey conducted by BTI Consulting Group, in which 350 general counsel and other “legal decision makers” were asked to evaluate their outside attorneys’ management of ediscovery. The survey reveals widespread dissatisfaction with law firms’ handling of the phase of litigation involving the production of electronically stored information.

In the article, Steve Riden acknowledges the frustration felt by in-house counsel and describes the source of aggravation with the ediscovery process:

‘So much of the frustration in-house lawyers are experiencing is inherent in the process,’ said Stephen D. Riden of Beck, Reed, Riden in Boston. ‘Even the best positioned law firm is still going to find itself on the receiving end of complaints about the hassles associated with e-discovery. I don’t see that changing any time soon.’

Riden said he is not surprised by the results, given the time and money that goes into producing electronic data and the lack of experience many practitioners have dealing with e-discovery.

‘There is always going to be tension between what the client wants, which is minimal cost and hassle, and what the courts require, which can often be expensive and onerous,’ he said. ‘That tension isn’t going to go away any time soon. But this survey should be a wake-up call for law firms in Massachusetts and across the country that there is an area of client services that’s badly in need of improvement.’

Steve Riden frequently writes and speaks about commercial litigation issues, including social media and electronic discovery.

About Us

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor 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 Chaired Intellectual Property Seminar

On November 7, 2012, Russell Beck chaired MCLE’s Intellectual Property seminar titled “Practical steps to protect your clients’ intellectual property.”

More information is available here.

This seminar guides attorneys through the basic issues in key areas of intellectual property. Although aimed at practitioners new to these areas, this program also provides enough depth to be of interest to those with experience.

The agenda for the seminar is as follows:

  • Copyright: The statutory framework; Copyright registrations; Computer software license agreements and the freelance programmer; Graphic arts agreements and the freelance artist; Website design and ownership; User-generated content; Bringing and defending an infringement case.
  • Trademark: The statutory framework; Selecting and evaluating a trademark—registration and infringement risk; Getting a federal registration; Foreign registration; Trademark licenses and assignments; Maintaining the value and strength of your trademarks; Bringing and defending an infringement case.
  • Trade Secret: The sources of trade secret law; The impact of restrictive covenants; Establishment of a proper trade secret protection program; Bringing and defending a misappropriation case.
  • Patent: The statutory framework; Patent novelty and clearance searches; Patent prosecution; Foreign patents; Patent licenses and assignments; Duty of candor; Patent misuse and its extensions; Bringing and defending a patent infringement case.
  • IP and Social Media: General intellectual property and proprietary rights considerations raised by social media; IP clearance in a social media environment; Challenges posed by user content; Protecting your IP at risk through social media
  • “Ask the Experts” Q&A Session.

About us

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.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized; it includes:

  • Over sixteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (4th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2010), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases
  • Drafting and advising on the current bill pending before the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,000 members 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 2012 Chambers USA Guide, which identified Russell as one of its “Notable Practitioners,” stating, “The highly regarded Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP has an excellent reputation for his work on trade secret and noncompete issues.

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

Stephen Riden to Speak at Digital Games Conference

Steve Riden will be a speaker at the Law of Digital Games conference in Boston, sponsored by Law Seminars International.

Stephen will be speaking on employment issues affecting the video game industry, including noncompete agreements and the law of independent contractors. Stephen is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

About Us

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor 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, Stephen Reed, and Stephen Riden named Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers

For the eighth year in a row, Russell Beck and Stephen Reed have been recognized as Super Lawyers by Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine. And Stephen Riden, for the eighth year in a row, has been recognized as a Rising Star by the Magazine.

In addition, Russell Beck was selected as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in New England for 2012. This is Russell’s second year as a Top 100 Super Lawyer.

The title of Super Lawyer is given to 5% of the lawyers in the Commonwealth while the Rising Star designation recognizes 2.5% of lawyers under 40.  The Super Lawyers selection process is described in detail here.

About us

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