Hannah T. Joseph Launches Website for Boston Associates’ Networking Group

h-josephScreen Shot 2016-03-09 at 9.33.24 AMOn March 8, 2016, Hannah T. Joseph, along with Jessica L. Conklin (of Laredo & Smith LLP), launched the official website for the Boston Associates’ Networking Group (BANG).

Established by Hannah and Jessica at the end of 2015, BANG is designed to bring together associates from different small- and medium-sized firms, as well as in-house legal departments. The organization serves as a platform for junior attorneys to support one another, to explore opportunities for professional, personal, and business development, and to discuss the various issues that often arise in practice.

In just a few months, BANG has grown to include members from more than 20 firms and companies in the Greater Boston Area. The website, which provides member associates with a distinct and close-knit network, visibility, and other resources, will play an integral role in the organization’s model moving forward.

You can visit the website at www.bang-law.com.

Beck Reed Riden LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis 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 Boston Herald on Noncompete Reform

Russell BeckThe March 3, 2016, edition of the Boston Herald features Russell Beck in an article titled “Robert DeLeo takes on noncompetes.”

The article reports on Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo’s announcement of a proposal for significant changes to Massachusetts noncompete law.

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The story describes recent efforts to regulate noncompete agreements in Massachusetts:

Changing the state’s laws on noncompetes has been proposed regularly for years, but gained little traction.

Two years ago, “ban noncompetes” became a rallying cry for the local tech industry, which packed State House hearing rooms arguing noncompetes were stifling innovation. But other tech companies and business groups opposed the measure, and a Senate bill stalled when the House of Representatives failed to act.

DeLeo’s proposal doesn’t go as far as that bill, which would have limited noncompetes to six months.

Russell Beck is then quoted as follows:

“When the Legislature is being­ asked to address a thorny issue like this, often times the best result­ is something that dulls the sharp edges of the issue­,” said Russell Beck, an employ­ment lawyer. “Looking at the way the speaker approached­ it, I think he took a reasonable approach, and a reasoned approach.­”

The article is by Boston Herald reporter, Jordan Graham.

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 LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis 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 (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases

  • 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 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 Discusses Noncompete Reform in Lawyers Weekly

Russell BeckA Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article posted on March 2, 2016, features Russell Beck in a story titled “House to pursue compromise on non-competes.”

The article reports on Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo’s announcement of a proposal for significant changes to Massachusetts noncompete law.Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

The article cites Representative Lori Ehrlich’s efforts to reform noncompete law in the Commonwealth:

Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, who has been working for more than seven years to get non-compete-reform legislation passed, said she is “thrilled” the speaker has made the issue a priority for economic development in Massachusetts.

“The details he laid out will go far to help thousands of employees in the commonwealth and foster growth in our innovation economy,” Ehrlich said. “I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and digging into those details.”

Russell Beck is then quoted as follows:

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Among those details, said Boston attorney Russell Beck, are what it means to be “low wage,” what is involved with the stated right to counsel and the extent of advance notice that will be required to be provided.

Beck, who drafted Ehrlich’s first non-compete bill in December 2008, agreed that the speaker “chose some very important aspects of non-competes to address,” calling the announcement a “very positive development in the protection of our more vulnerable employees.”

Though the 12-month limit on the term of non-competes may not be as aggressive as some proponents of reform may have liked, Beck noted that many companies currently have 18-month and two-year agreements.

For now, Beck said that his fellow practitioners need to monitor whether Beacon Hill decides to act before the legislative session adjourns this summer and then assess what kinds of changes need to be made to employment contracts, not just with respect to non-compete agreements but other terms, such as non-disclosure and non-solicitation clauses, which address similar concerns regarding departing employees.

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

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 LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis 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 (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases

  • 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 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 and Hannah Joseph Speak about Protecting Trade Secrets

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 2.45.12 PMRussell Beck and Hannah Joseph will speak about protecting trade secrets from insider threats (i.e., employees) at the Boston Bar Association today. More information is available here.

Attendees at today’s event will learn how to draft nondisclosure agreements and other restrictive covenants, what policies to implement within the workplace, and what steps should be taken with respect to both new and departing employees.

Russell Beck is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Bar Foundation, which is the official charity of the Boston Bar Association. Hannah Joseph is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Committee.

Beck Reed Riden LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis 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 Beck Reed Riden LLP handles, and what we can do for you here.

Russell Beck Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Russell BeckThe February 11, 2016, issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Russell Beck in an article titled “In-house lawyer’s advice to competitor not barred.”

The article covers a decision by the Business Litigation Session of the Massachusetts Superior Court that an in-house lawyer could not be barred from offering advice to his new employer without evidence that the advice would breach his ethical duty to his former employer. The decision was entered in the case titled The Gillette Company v. Craig Provost, et al.Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

In the article, Russell Beck is quoted as follows:

Russell Beck, a Boston lawyer who focuses on trade secrets and noncompete litigation, said Sanders’ ruling is one of the rare instances in which a judge delved into the circumstances under which an in-house counsel can advise a former employer’s competitor.

“It provides a little additional clarity in an area in which there have been very few cases,” Beck said.

Beck said it was significant that Sanders rejected Gillette’s inevitable disclosure argument that the in-house lawyer could not help but rely on Gillette’s confidential information when advising ShaveLogic. There is no Massachusetts appellate court ruling that affirmatively adopts or rejects the inevitable disclosure doctrine as a substitute for a noncompete agreement, and trial courts have been wrestling with the issue, according to Beck.

“As in most of the cases, the court found there would not have been a need to restrict the employee — in this case the lawyer,” Beck said.

The passage of time was another major factor in Sanders’ analysis, Beck said. The defendant left Gillette in 2006 and began working for ShaveLogic six years later.

“That’s an important thing for people to remember when considering the risk imposed by a lawyer, or any employee moving from one company to another,” he said.

The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s reporter, Sheri Qualters.

Beck Reed Riden LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis 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 (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases

  • 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 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 and Hannah Joseph to Speak at BBA’s IP Year in Review

RRussell Beckussell Beck will be covering trade secrets at the Boston Bar Association’s 16th Annual Intellectual Property Year in Review. The event will be held today, January 21, 2016, from 3:00 to 6:30, with a reception to follow. More information is available here.

Hannah Joseph, a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Committee, will be introducing speakers at today’s event.

This year’s program will feature keynote speaker Professor Michael Meurer of Boston 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.

Beck Reed Riden LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis 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.

Beck Reed Riden LLP Named in U.S. News 2016 Best Law Firms Ranking

BLF 2014_Silver_GeneralBeck Reed Riden LLP has again received national recognition in U.S News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” publication for 2016. Beck Reed Riden LLP received a metropolitan tier-1 ranking in the area of Commercial Litigation.

The 2016 rankings are based on peer reviews and client input. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Over 21,000 attorneys provided almost 700,000 law firm assessments, and over 8,000 clients provided more than 47,000 evaluations.

Stephen Reed and Stephen Riden were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 in the field of Commercial Litigation.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

The 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Best Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America© are registered trademarks of Woodward/White, Inc.


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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 Writes In Support of Federal Trade Secret Law

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Russell Beck recently joined 19 other trial lawyers across the United States in sending a letter to a bipartisan group of leaders in Congress commending them on their efforts to protect trade secrets by introducing and sponsoring the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015.

The letter states, in part, that the federal legislation “will help strengthen the law and the remedies available and protect trade secrets and the innovation they promote in several significant respects.”

The letter concludes as follows:

The United States continues to lead the world in innovation. Trade secrets are a key part of the innovation process, which suffers when trade secret owners cannot adequately obtain effective remedies to redress the theft of their trade secrets. Current state-law-based remedies cannot address unique issues that commonly arise in current trade secret litigation. Based on our litigation experience, your legislation is necessary to strengthen and protect trade secrets and, concurrently, the U.S. economy.

The complete letter can be viewed and downloaded below:

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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.

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.

Hannah Joseph Launches Boston Associates’ Networking Group

hannah josephHannah Joseph, along with Jessica Conklin of Laredo & Smith, LLP, have co-founded the Boston Associates’ Networking Group. The group is designed to bring together associates from different small- and medium-sized law firms. The founders’ goal is to develop relationships among associates at similar-sized firms and to discuss the various issues that often arise in practice.

The first Boston Associates’ Networking Group lunch will be held at noon on December 10, 2015 at the offices of Laredo & Smith, LLP, at 101 Federal Street, Suite 605, in downtown Boston.

This week’s networking lunch is co-sponsored by Laredo & Smith, LLP and Beck Reed Riden LLP.

Boston-area associates who are interested in learning more about the Boston Associates’ Networking Group should contact Hannah Joseph: hjoseph@beckreed.com

Hannah Joseph is an associate at Beck Reed Riden LLP. Hannah’s experience includes employment law, litigation, client counseling, and governmental regulation. Hannah is an active member of the Boston Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts.

 

Beck Reed Riden LLPBest Law Firmsis 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 and Stephen Riden Named Top 100 Lawyers

top-list-best-100Super Lawyers Magazine selected Russell Beck and Stephen Riden as two of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in New England and Top 100 Super Lawyers in Massachusetts for 2015.

Russell BeckRussell Beck is a business and intellectual property litigator, nationally recognized for his trade secrets and noncompete experience. Russell has more than twenty-five years of experience as a complex business and intellectual property litigator, representing corporate and individual clients throughout the country in federal and state trial and appellate courts, arbitrations, and mediations.Super Lawyers

ridenSteve Riden is a commercial litigator who represents corporate and individual clients in a wide array of disputes across the country. Steve has extensive experience litigating business disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, trade secrets, and noncompete agreements. Steve also has substantial experience representing owners involved in intra-corporate disputes.

The selection of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Massachusetts and New England is based on a process of peer review following a survey of lawyers from the region. The Super Lawyers selection process is described in detail here.

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.

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