Beck Reed Riden LLP in The Wall Street Journal’s Blog

The Wall Street Journal’s blog, The Accelerators, features Russell Beck in an article about employee recruiting by startups titled “Lacking Qualified Applicants, ‘Passive Candidates’ Offer Hope.” The article, published on January 29, 2014, is by Dow Jones VentureWire and WSJ reporter, Lora Kolodny.WallStreetJournal-logo

The story focuses how startups can recruit new employees from other companies by looking for so-called “passive candidates” — i.e., people who aren’t actively seeking a new job.   

In the article, Russell Beck addresses a potential risk to this type of employee recruitment strategy:

Startups could also land in hot water if they try to poach too many employees from one company, warns Russell Beck, a founding partner at Boston law firm Beck Reed Riden LLP.

“That company may be harmed as a consequence, and can sue you for it,” he says, adding that the distraction and costs of litigation could put a smaller, less-capitalized venture out of business.

The Wall Street Journal has previously featured Russell Beck’s work on noncompete agreements, including an article titled “When a New Job Leads to a Lawsuit: Litigation Over Noncompete Clauses Is Rising; Does Entrepreneurship Suffer?

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 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 2013 Chambers USA Guide, which included Russell in its “Notable Practitioners” section, adding that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP is respected by commentators for his skills as a litigator. His areas of specialty include noncompete and trade secrets matters.”

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 Noncompete Agreement Seminar

Russell Beck will be a panelist at a seminar in Boston titled Irreparable Harm: Enforcing and Escaping Employee Non-Competition Agreements.

The Massachusetts Bar Association is sponsoring the seminar, which will beMassachusetts Bar Association MBA held on Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Foley Hoag LLP’s offices in Boston. Registration information is here.

beckThe seminar will feature discussion and debate about the enforcement and defense of noncompete agreements.

The Massachusetts Bar Association describes the event as follows:

Are employee non-competition agreements really enforceable?  Employers of every size use or at least consider using non-competition agreements in an attempt to protect their businesses and limit competitive activity by former employees.

The Education Committee of the Young Lawyers Division is hosting an expert panel to discuss the enforcement of these agreements, or lack thereof, and what effect proposed legislation in Massachusetts could have on this area of the law.

Seasoned litigators, Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden, Patrick Curran of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart and Barbara Robb of Shilepsky Hartley, Rob, Casey, Michon join Michael Rosen at the offices of Foley Hoag to share with the Bar their experiences and thoughts on what employers – and employees – should be doing to protect themselves.

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. 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 2013 Chambers USA Guide, which included Russell in its “Notable Practitioners” section, adding that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP is respected by commentators for his skills as a litigator. His areas of specialty include noncompete and trade secrets matters.”

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’s Work For Fortune 500 Companies Highlighted

The November 25, 2013, edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and January 7, 2014, edition of New England In-House both feature Beck Reed Riden LLP’s work for Fortune 500 companies in articles about trends in corporate legal spending titled “Report: Firms should target global companies’ business.” The articles are by Screen Shot 2013-11-29 at 12.27.35 PMMassachusetts Lawyers Weekly reporter Brandon Gee.

In the stories, Russell Beck and Stephen Riden discuss some of the reasons why large corporations hire smaller, boutique firms like Beck Reed Riden LLP:

The trend is illustrated by seven-lawyer Boston firm Beck, Reed, Riden, which has multiple Global 500 clients. Stephen D. Riden and Russell Beck said the firm pitches its lawyers as experts in business litigation, intellectual property, and labor and employment law — and nothing else.

“Within the scope of those three areas, we can do anything,” Beck said. “Outside of those areas, we do nothing.”

“The thing that we most emphasize when talking to these companies is that we have expertise in an area they’re interested in,” Riden added. “They tell us that’s what they appreciate. They’re looking for people who are the best in the industry for a particular matter.”

Beck said that while big firms historically have been able to leverage their longstanding relationships with major companies to earn additional business, economic pressures have forced companies to realize they can achieve the same quality of service at a cheaper price from smaller firms.

“We are a beneficiary of that change in mindset,” he said.

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.

Beck Reed Riden LLP in Florida’s Daily Business Review

The November 16, 2013, edition of the Daily Business Review, covering Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties in Florida, features Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research for the Wall Street Journal. The article, titled Justice Watch: Lawyers FiScreen Shot 2013-11-26 at 5.16.18 PMght More Noncompetes With Improving Economy, focuses on the increasing use of non-compete agreements between employers and employees. The article was written by John Pacenti.

The article describes Russell Beck’s research on non-competition agreements as follows:

The Boston law firm Beck Reed Riden conducted a study earlier this year for The Wall Street Journal, finding the number of published U.S. court decisions involving noncompete agreements rose by 61 percent since 2002, to 760 cases last year. Most cases, though, settle out of court and are not reflected in those numbers.

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 2013 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.

Russell Beck Quoted in The National Law Journal

The November 4, 2013, online edition of The National Law Journal features Russell Beck in an article about violating nonsolicitation agreements through the use social media titled “LinkedIn Post Likely Didn’t Violate Non-Compete Clause.”  The article is by Sheri Qualters, National Law Journal reporter covering intellectual property.

National Law Journal

The story focuses on the issues surrounding application of restrictive covenants like nonsolicitation agreements to social media.

Addressing the application of Massachusetts noncompete law by the Massachusetts Superior Court in KNF&T Inc. v. Muller, Russell Beck states:

Massachusetts law on what constitutes solicitation in the world of social media is still developing. But the preliminary injunction order seems to allow the type of announcements courts previously allowed in trade newspapers . . . .

Russell Beck also summarizes the law on solicitation through a LinkedIn post:

“Merely announcing your new job on LinkedIn, without more, is generally not going to be considered a violation of most non-solicitation agreements,” he said. “The fact that a LinkedIn announcement reaches a narrow, perhaps relatively-targeted audience, or remains visible for an extended period, does not change its fundamental character.”

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:

  • Eighteen 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 2013 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.

All Beck Reed Riden LLP Partners Named Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers

 

 

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

In addition, Russell Beck was selected as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in New England for 2013. This is Russell’s third 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.

Russell Beck to Speak at AIPLA Trade Secret Law Summit in D.C.

Russell Beck will be a speaker at the Trade Secret Law Summit in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Russell will be speaking on the topic, “The First Strike – Successful Strategies for Obtaining or Defeating a TRO & Preliminary Injunction​,” on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

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 litigationexperience. 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 eighteen 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 almost 1,900 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 2013 Chambers USA Guide, which included Russell in its “Notable Practitioners” section, adding that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP is respected by commentators for his skills as a litigator. His areas of specialty include noncompete and trade secrets matters.”

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.

The Wall Street Journal Features Beck Reed Riden LLP

Wall Street JournalThe August 15, 2013, print edition of The Wall Street Journal features Russell Beck in an article about noncompete agreements titled “When a New Job Leads to a Lawsuit: Litigation Over Noncompete Clauses Is Rising; Does Entrepreneurship Suffer?” The article is by The Wall Street Journal’s senior special writer, Ruth Simon, and reporter, Angus Loten.

The story, which appears on the front page of the Marketplace section, focuses on the rising use of noncompete agreements by employers.

The article cites Beck Reed Riden LLP’s analysis of non-compete litigation:

The number of published U.S. court decisions involving noncompete agreements rose 61% since 2002, to 760 cases last year, according to research that the law firm Beck Reed Riden LLP conducted for The Wall Beck Reed Riden in Wall Street JournalStreet Journal. Since most cases are settled out of court and most opinions aren’t reported, that tally is likely low.

In the article, Russell Beck discusses trade secret lawsuits:

Even in states that don’t enforce noncompete agreements, employees can face lawsuits alleging that they have misappropriated trade secrets, says Russell Beck, a partner at Beck Reed who drafted the proposed Massachusetts legislation. Employers are less likely to bring trade-secrets lawsuits because these cases are more costly, often requiring depositions and more extensive discovery. But defending against them is likely to be “more expensive and will have a greater impact on the employee and startup company,” he says.

In the story, Russell Beck also addresses the benefits of noncompete agreements:

Noncompete agreements can offer employers more protection than trade-secrets laws because “there’s a bright-line test,” says Mr. Beck. “The problem with relying on trade-secrets law is that it’s very hard to discover whether somebody has used your trade secrets.” New employers can sometimes limit the impact of noncompete agreements by restricting “the employee to a more narrow role than what had been planned,” Mr. Beck adds.

In a separate article appearing in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal earlier in the week, Russell Beck discussed his experience helping executives negotiate non-competition agreements:

Executives have the most leverage to alter a non-compete before accepting a job offer, legal specialists say. If the company wants a new management hire badly enough, it will make concessions, Russell Beck, a Beck Reed partner, has found.

The lawyer recently represented a Massachusetts executive wooed by a health-care concern to be its vice president of professional services. Mr. Beck persuaded the company to halve a two-year non-compete requirement. “The benefit of having the executive outweighed the risk of harm caused by the executive’s competition after the first year,” he recollects.

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 2013 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 Included In The Best Lawyers In America

Stephen Riden was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 in the field of Commercial Litigation.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, 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.

(The Best Lawyers in America® Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

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 To Speak At Trade Secret Symposium

Russell Beck will be a panelist at the Trade Secret Management & Monetization Symposium in Chicago, Illinois. The event is presented by Ocean Tomo for the benefit of the Center for Applied Innovation.

Trade Secret Management and Monetization SymposiumThe Symposium will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Ocean Tomo, 200 W. Madison Ave, 37th Floor in Chicago. Registration information is here.

The Symposium will feature presentations and panels focused on the unique vulnerabilities, attributes and value of trade secrets. The presentations and panels will include industry leaders who will address cyber-attacks, cyber-protection, recent developments in trade secret law, enforcement case studies, trade secret vs. patentprotection, valuing and leveraging trade secrets and predicting trade secret trends.

Attendance is limited to 100 registrants in order to encourage significant dialogue among participants.

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 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 2013 Chambers USA Guide, which included Russell in its “Notable Practitioners” section, adding that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP is respected by commentators for his skills as a litigator. His areas of specialty include noncompete and trade secrets matters.”

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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