Russell Beck and Stephen Riden named Top 100 Lawyers

Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers Magazine selected Russell Beck as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in New England for 2014.

In addition, Russell Beck and Stephen Riden were selected as two of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Massachusetts for 2014 by the Magazine.

Russell BeckRussell Beck is a business and intellectual property litigator, nationally recognized for his trade secrets and noncompete experience. Russell has 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.

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.

All of Beck Reed Riden LLP’s eligible attorneys have been selected as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars this year.

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.

Beck Reed Riden LLP Attorneys named Super Lawyers

Russell Beck, Stephen Reed, and Stephen Riden have been Super Lawyersrecognized as Super Lawyers by Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine.

In addition, Russell Beck and Stephen Riden were selected as two of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Massachusetts for 2014. This is Russell’s fourth 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.

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.

Russell Beck to Speak on Noncompete Agreements and Trade Secrets

Russell Beck will be a panelist at the 6th Annual Symposium on Employee Non-Compete Agreements, Confidential Information, and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act in Boston, Massachusetts.

BBARussell BeckThe Boston Bar Association is sponsoring the Symposium, which will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 16 Beacon Street in Boston. Registration information is here.

The Symposium will feature discussion and debate about the legal landscape of noncompete agreements, protection of trade secrets, and job creation in Massachusetts.

The Boston Bar Association describes the event as follows:

It has been argued that employee non-compete agreements (NCA’s), in addition to being unfair, have hurt innovation and enterprise creation in Massachusetts.  Advocates for the status quo insist that the NCA’s are strictly scrutinized and necessary for the protection of confidential information of employers.

The 188th General Court Senate overwhelmingly approved an economic development bill that included both a BBA-tweaked version of the 48-states-adopted Uniform Trade Secrets Act and a compromise mechanism to discourage overreaching employee NCA’s.  These provisions were “held in conference.”

In the BBA’s sixth summer symposium on these issues, legislators, administrators and lawyers advocating or advising on reform will provide an overview of recent developments and issues going forward. Arguments will be made for the status quo.  There will be opportunity for attendee questions and presentation of views.

In addition to Russell Beck, the panel includes the following speakers:

  • State Senator William N. Brownsberger
  • State Representative Lori Ehrlich
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Andrew P. Botti, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association
  • C.A. Webb, New England Venture Capital Association
  • Michael L. Rosen, Foely Hoag LLP
  • Stephen Y. Chow, Burns & Levinson LLP

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.

Stephen Reed and Stephen Riden Included in The Best Lawyers in America

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.Best Lawyers

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Steve Riden was also previously selected by Best Lawyers in 2013 and 2014.

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

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.

 

Russell Beck in The Boston Globe on Independent Contractor Law

Russell Beck is featured in an August 17, 2014, Boston Globe story about the debate over the classification of workers as independent contractors as opposed to employees. The article focuses on the thorny issues raised by Massachusetts laws regarding the classification of workers and the effect on startups, like Uber and TaskRabbit. The article is by the Globe’s correspondent, Scott Kirsner.

The article features Russell Beck’s analysis of the worker classification issue:

A class-action lawsuit filed this summer in Massachusetts and California courts is challenging that. The suit asserts that Uber improperly classifies its drivers, who own their cars and use Uber’s smartphone app to get work, as independent contractors. No sick time, no health insurance, no 401(k) contributions.

And the case is creating anxiety for other startups providing on-demand services, typically using websites or mobile apps.

Rightfully so, says Russell Beck, an attorney with Beck Reed Riden LLP in Boston. Massachusetts puts the burden on employers to rebut “a strong presumption that the individual is an employee,” Beck explains. The central legal question: whether the individual is performing a task “outside of the usual course of the employer’s business.”

A plumber who fixes a leaky faucet at Uber’s office is an independent contractor. But “anyone who is driving a car for Uber is performing precisely the service that Uber provides in the usual course of its business,” Beck says, and thus is probably considered an employee in the state.

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.

Russell Beck Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

The current issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Russell Beck in an article about a recent decision in a trade secret case. The case is titled Lightlab Imaging, Inc. v. Axsun Technologies, Inc.

Russell BeckAlthough the the plaintiff established that its trade secrets were misappropriated, the Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyMassachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that it was appropriate to exclude certain expert testimony regarding the plaintiff’s damages. The key problem for the plaintiff was that it was a startup company without a track record to support the expert’s analysis of lost future profits.

The SJC’s decision appeared to invite alternate theories of damages in trade secret cases.

In the article, Russell Beck is quoted as follows:

“The court did not provide a lot of guidance on the issue of alternative theories, but the takeaway seems to be that companies will no longer be relegated to traditional trade secrets damages theories,” said Russell Beck of Boston’s Beck, Reed, Riden. “The decision opens the door to creative methods of compensating a victim of trade secrets misappropriation, when traditional relief is inadequate.”

The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s reporter, Brandon Gee.

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.

Russell Beck Presenting on Trade Secret Protection

On July 30, 2014, Russell Beck will be a panelist for a Boston Bar Association event titled “The FBI Speaks Out: Economic Espionage and Protecting Trade Secrets.”

Russell BeckThe event will be at the Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The BBA describes the seminar as follows:

Trade secret thefts, both domestic and international, cost U.S. companies billions of dollars per year.  Over 85 percent of trade secret thefts involve employees and business partners.  It is imperative to put a trade secret protection program in place.  The FBI will show you why and how.

In a joint BBA/BPLA sponsored event, federal enforcement specialists Carmine Nigro and Ted Distaso, Brian Moriarty of Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, P.C., and Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP discuss methods of trade secret theft and best practices in theft prevention.

More information about the event and registration information is available here.

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.

Russell Beck Testifies About Noncompete Legislation

On July 1, 2014, Russell Beck testified on Beacon Hill before the Joint Russell BeckEconomic and Emerging Technology Committee. Russell’s testimony focused on legislation pending in the Massachusetts State Legislature to reform the laws applicable to noncompete agreements in the Commonwealth.

Russell Beck’s testimony was covered by the State House News Service, which explained a proposed compromise in the State House as follows:

[Rep. Lori] Ehrlich, a Marblehead Democrat, presented the committee with a compromise that would set “reasonable conditions” for agreements, including a limit on the duration to six-months after the end of employment with a company.State house strt

The proposal would also restrict the use of the agreements to non-exempt employees, as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act, which Ehrlich said would prevent most hourly employees such as camp counselors and pizza parlor employees from having to sign an agreement.

Should a non-compete agreement not fall under the parameters set out in the proposal, a court would have to void the agreement, and could not alter its terms. Russell Beck, a labor attorney working with Ehrlich, said similar laws in Arkansas, Nebraska, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin have led to businesses being more careful when crafting agreements.

Russell Beck’s testimony was also discussed in The National Law Review.

For the latest news on Massachusetts noncompete legislation, read Russell Beck’s updates on Fair Competition Law.

A recent issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Russell Beck’s analysis of what would happen if noncompete agreements are eliminated in Massachusetts.

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.

Inc.com Article Features Russell Beck’s Noncompete Analysis

The June 9, 2014, online edition of Inc. magazine features an article that cites to Russell Beck‘s research and writing about noncompete Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 11.41.33 AMagreements. The article about non-competition covenants is titled “The Business Case Against Asking Employees to Sign a Non-Compete Agreement.”  The article is by Inc. magazine’s staff writer, Jeremy Quittner.

The story blends opinions, facts, and arguments to support the position that non-compete agreements are bad for businesses and the economy. The article links to a Wall Street Journal article featuring Russell Beck’s research on trends in noncompete lawsuits. In addition, the Inc. magazine article cites Russell Beck’s blog–Fair Competition Law–in a section discussing recent developments in the Massachusetts legislature concerning 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.

Russell Beck Quoted in Boston Magazine

Russell BeckThe May 29, 2014, online edition of Boston Magazine features Russell Beck in an article about new legislation in Massachusetts concerning noncompete agreements. The story is titled “Committee to Discuss Governor’s Economic Development Bill.” It is written by Steve Annear, staff digitaBoston Magazinel writer for Boston Magazine.

The story focuses on Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to eliminate noncompete agreements in Massachusetts. In the article, Russell Beck discusses his testimony before the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies:

While a good deal of business leaders within the [tech and investment] sector have had unbridled support for Patrick’s pitch, some—like legal advisors—are being cautious about what’s written in the governor’s language. “I do not have a position on whether the legislature should dissolve non-competes. I understand both sides of the issue and do not view my role in advising the legislators and the Patrick Administration to include taking a position on policy; that’s for them to decide,” said Russell Beck, a lawyer versed in fair competition and intellectual property, from the firm Beck, Reed, and Riden in Boston. “My only concern is that if they enact this bill, they do it the right way. I have provided them with language to fix some of the problem language and will be speaking to that later today.”

A recent issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly State house strtfeatures Russell Beck’s analysis of what would happen if noncompete agreements are eliminated in Massachusetts.

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.

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