Beck Reed Riden LLP Attorneys Named to 2016 Best Lawyers® in America List

RibbonBeck Reed Riden LLP is pleased to announce that two of its lawyers have been named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers.

Stephen Reed and Stephen Riden were named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list in the following categories:

  • Steve Reed, Commercial Litigation, &
    Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Steve Riden, Commercial Litigation

Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries.

Best Lawyers Award BadgeLawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis 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.

50 State Noncompete Chart

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For Beck Reed Riden LLP’s most-recent chart, please see here. (The post below is from August 2015.)

Beck Reed Riden LLP is pleased to make available its updated 50 state (plus DC) survey chart of noncompete laws. The chart is a summary of employee noncompetition laws and applicable standards throughout the country.

Recent articles in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal feature Beck Reed Riden LLP’s expertise in noncompete and trade secret issues.

The chart covers the following:

  • Whether noncompete agreements are permitted in the state

  • Governing statutory authority, if any

  • Identification of the protectable interests (also known as legitimate interests or legitimate business interests)

  • Applicable standards for enforcement

  • Industries or professions exempt from noncompete agreements

  • Whether continued employment is sufficient consideration to support a

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    noncompete

  • Whether the state follows the reformation rule (also known as “judicial modification,” the “rule of reasonableness,” the “reasonable alteration approach,” and the “partial-enforcement” rule), the blue pencil doctrine, or the red pencil doctrine (also known as the “all or nothing” rule)

  • Whether noncompete agreements are enforceable against at-will employees whose employment was terminated without cause

The chart is available for download here.

This version was updated as of August 23, 2015.

Check back for periodic updates or email us at info@beckreed.com, and we will automatically send the latest updates as they become available.

Please note that the chart is not legal advice, nor is it a substitute for proper legal research and advice. It is provided for informational purposes only.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis 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.

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.

Steve Riden Authors Chapter in Guide to Recovery of Damages in Litigation

General Law of Damages in MassachusettsSteve Riden authored the first chapter in the book Damages, Interest, and Attorney Fees in Massachusetts Litigation. The chapter is titled “General Law of Damages in Massachusetts.”

The book was edited by Tara J. Myslinski, Esq., of O’Connor, Carnathan, and Mack LLC, in Burlington, Massachusetts.

The first chapter provides an overview of the law of damages in Massachusetts. It describes compensatory, nominal, and punitive damages and reviews the different types of injury associated with damages claims. It also describes a series of special rules and doctrines affecting damages, such as mitigation, the collateral source rule, comparative negligence, additur and remittitur, contribution and indemnification, and tax consequences. Included in the chapter is a digest of nearly sixty specific statutory provisions authorizing punitive damages awards.

The book iRectangles published by MCLE and is an essential resource for civil litigators seeking to assess the value of their cases and develop effective strategies for litigating damages. The earliest chapters of the book offer a general overview of the law of damages in Massachusetts, guidance on practice and procedure, and a look at settlement options.

The book then explores damages issues in major areas of civil litigation in Massachusetts, such as personal injury actions and Chapter 93A cases.

The concluding chapters, on interest and attorney fees, provide clear and practical guidance on these important but occasionally overlooked aspects of a plaintiff’s recovery. More information about the book is available here.

Beck Reed Riden LLP2015_BLF_Silver_Standardis 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.

 

Steve Riden to Co-host Program at Boston Bar Association

BBASteve Riden will be co-hosting a program at the Boston Bar Association titled “Business Litigation Session: Year in Review.” The event will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

Steve Riden is a co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Antitrust & Business Litigation Committee.

This program will feature BLS judges discussing current trends in the session.

The judges will identify litigation practices that particularly annoy them, and discuss cases before the BLS in the last year that have raised novel or interesting issues. A dessert reception will follow the program.

The speakers are

  • Hon. Janet L. Sanders
  • Hon. Christine M. Roach
  • Hon. Mitchell H. Kaplan
  • Hon. Edward P. Leibensperger

Registration and event information can be found here.

Beck Reed Riden LLP2015_BLF_Silver_Standardis 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.

Hannah Joseph to Host Boston Bar Association Workshop

hannah josephHannah Joseph will be hosting a program at the Boston Bar Association titled “IP Basics Workshop in Trademark Law: Responding to an Office Action.” The event will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

Hannah established the IP Basics Workshop at the Boston Bar Association in 2014.

This program will cover the basics of responding to an Office Action by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) relating to a pending trademark application.

The panelists will a discuss series of topics, including:

  • Process for timely response;
  • The art of effectively communicating with Examining Attorneys;
  • Responding to formalities issues (e.g., goods/services descriptions, disclaimers);
  • Responding to substantive refusals (e.g., likelihood of confusion, descriptiveness); and
  • Other strategies (e.g., letters of consent, Examiners’ amendments).

The speakers are Erica Hepp Han of Ropes & Gray LLP and Sara Yevics Beccia of Burns & Levinson LLP.

Registration and event information can be found here.

Beck Reed Riden LLP2015_BLF_Silver_Standardis 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 & Steve Riden Quoted in Boston Business Journal

BBJThe Boston Business Journal recently featured Russell Beck and Stephen Riden in an article about a recently-filed lawsuit concerning trade secrets. The story is titled “Gillette lawsuit seeks to draw line in the sand about poaching former employees.” The article, which appeared on January 21, 2015, is written by Boston Business Journal reporter Mary Moore.

The story focuses on a lawsuit filed by Gillette against four former employees alleging that Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 1.29.13 PMthey shared confidential information about its razors with a competitor. Gillette is represented by Christopher M. Morrison and Kristen D. Casavant of Jones Day.

The article describes Gillette’s action as follows:

A lawsuit filed by The Gillette Co. last week against four former employees over trade secrets they allegedly shared with a competitor is as much about drawing a line in the sand as it is about the patent and patent applications in question, according to two trade secrets lawyers in Boston.

In the article, Steve Riden describes what can motivate a company like Gillette to file a lawsuit against its former employees:

Gillette maintains its competitive position by being on the cutting edge, said Stephen Riden, a partner with Beck Reed Riden LLP in Boston.

“If they see inventors and staff going in a group…to a competitor, they have reached their breaking point and may be putting a stop to the loss,” Riden said.

Russell Beck discusses non-compete agreements in the context of Gillette’s lawsuit:

Gillette’s decision to sue is “what you see when a non-compete (agreement) has expired or there isn’t one,” said Russell Beck, a partner with Beck Reed Riden. Even in the absence of a non-compete, Beck said, employees are not allowed to disclose information that ultimately belongs to a company.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis among the leading2015_BLF_Silver_Standard 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.

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

Russell BeckThe January 12, 2015, issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Russell Beck in an article titled “Trade-secret plaintiff can’t audit all of rival’s computers.” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

The article covers a decision by the Massachusetts Superior Court that a company was not required to give an opposing party forensic access to all of its computers following allegations that its employee misappropriated trade secrets. The case is titled InVivo Therapeutic Corporation v. PixarBio Corporation.

In the article, Russell Beck is quoted as follows:

Boston attorney Russell Beck, another trade-secret expert, said the decision serves as a reminder that “the sins of the father cannot be visited on the children.”

In other words, Beck said, the mere fact that a departing employee has indisputably stolen trade secrets does not automatically mean that the new employer is equally, or even partially, culpable. Accordingly, a court is going to analyze the employer’s blameworthiness before ordering it to submit to a wholesale forensic investigation by the plaintiff’s expert.

“All too often, we forget that having a smoking gun as to one defendant does not necessarily justify tarnishing the other defendants with the same brush,” the Beck, Reed Riden partner said.

The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s reporter, Eric T. Berkman.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis among the leading2015_BLF_Silver_Standard 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.

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 750 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 2014 Chambers USA Guide, which explained that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP specializes in noncompete litigation and is a trade secrets expert. He comes highly recommended by his peers for his nationwide practice in this niche. ‘He’s fantastic,’ sources say.”

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 The New York Times

New York TimesThe New York Times recently featured Russell Beck in an article about noncompete agreements. The story is titled “Scrutiny on Worker Non-Compete Deals.” The article, which appeared on January 3, 2015, is from The Associated Press.

Following coverage of the use of noncompete agreements by sandwich maker Jimmy John’s, the story focuses on the use of noncompete agreements for low-wage workers. In the article, Russell Beck describes how courts handle overly-restrictive non-compete agreements:

States differ on enforcement. Almost three dozen states allow judges to rewrite defective non-competition agreements, according to Russell Beck, a corporate law attorney who conducts national reviews. In a few states, he said, judges can strike problematic restrictions but keep the rest of the deal. Just under half-a-dozen states require that judges completely toss non-compete agreements if any part of it is legally flawed. Three states ban the agreements.

In April 2014, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly featured Russell Beck’s analysis of what would happen if noncompete agreements are eliminated in Massachusetts.

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Beck Reed Riden LLPis 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.

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 750 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 2014 Chambers USA Guide, which explained that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP specializes in noncompete litigation and is a trade secrets expert. He comes highly recommended by his peers for his nationwide practice in this niche. ‘He’s fantastic,’ sources say.”

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 to Speak at BBA’s IP Year in Review

RRussell Beckussell Beck will be covering trade secrets and noncompete agreements at the Boston Bar Association’s 15th Annual Intellectual Property Year in Review. The event will be on Thursday, January 8, 2015, from 3:00 to 6:30, with a reception to follow. More information is available here.

This year’s program will feature keynote speaker Professor Arti Rai of Duke University School of Law.

This year’s panel includes the following speakers:

The panel will cover the following topics:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets and Noncompetes
  • Privacy and Data Security

Photos from a prior BBA Intellectual Property Year in Review event can be found here and here.

*** UPDATE January 21, 2015: Due to a conflict, Russell Beck was not available to appear at the BBA’s annual IP Year in Review, so Stephen Riden gave a presentation on trade secrets and noncompete agreements.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis 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 recently featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement 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 750 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 2014 Chambers USA Guide, which explained that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP specializes in noncompete litigation and is a trade secrets expert. He comes highly recommended by his peers for his nationwide practice in this niche. ‘He’s fantastic,’ sources say.”

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 University School of Law Apprenticeship Program

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Russell Beck has accepted an appointment to the Advisory Board of the Boston University School of Law’s Small-Midsize Firm Apprenticeship Program (“SMAP”). SMAP was created to place recent law school graduates with small to midsize law firms for a one year apprenticeship, thus giving the graduate an opportunity to demonstrate their skill and competence while adding value to the firm in the context of a defined commitment on both sides. The program’s goal is to strengthen the relationship between the law school and its graduates and the small to midsize legal community – a practice sector that is of increasing interest to students and graduates as they continue to grow and strengthen in the evolving legal market.

 

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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