Beck Reed Riden LLP In The Wall Street Journal

The August 12, 2013, online edition of The Wall Street Journal features Russell Beck in an article about noncompete agreements titled “Companies Loosen the Handcuffs on Non-Competes.”  The article is by The Wall Street Journal’s Management News editor, Joann S. Lublin.

The Wall Street JournalThe story focuses on current trends in the use and enforcement of noncompete agreements.

In the article, Russell Beck addresses a move by some companies to accept shorter limitations on noncompetition agreements:

For one, sensitive information “has a shorter shelf life than in the past,” says Russell Beck, a partner at Beck Reed Riden LLP in Boston.

The story cites a study conducted by Beck Reed Riden LLP concerning the rise of noncompete lawsuits:

The number of published U.S. court decisions involving non-compete agreements has risen 61% since 2002 to 760 last year, concludes research conducted for The Wall Street Journal by Beck Reed Riden LLP in Boston. The increase largely reflects the increased usage of non-compete arrangements among lower-level staffers – along with employees’ greater mobility and access to sensitive information.

Russell Beck discusses his experiences in helping executives negotiate noncompete 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.

William Haddad Launches Securities Litigation Blog

William Haddad, a partner at Beck Reed Riden LLP, recently launched his legal blog: The Securities Litigator.

The latest posts on The Securities Litigator feature Will Haddad’s analysis of a Fifth Circuit decision affecting employees who want to be treated as Dodd-Frank whistleblowers and discussion of the SEC’s recent enforcement action against the owner of S.A.C. Capital Advisors, LLC.

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

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 Noncompete Agreement Symposium

Russell Beck will be a panelist at the 5th Annual Symposium on Employee Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secrets and Job Creation in Boston, Massachusetts.

BBAThe Boston Bar Association is sponsoring the Symposium, which will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 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:

Is Massachusetts enforcement of employee non-compete agreements a drag on the creation of new enterprises (and jobs) – preventing “spin-offs” from incumbent ones – compared to unenforceability of such agreements under California’s 1872 codification of the common law?

Is enforceability necessary to protect business investment against unfaithful employees and expensive trade secret litigation?

Massachusetts court decisions extend enforceability of non-compete agreements to protect “confidential information” that does not meet certain conditions for trade secrets seen in American Law Institute’s 1939 Restatement of Torts.  Have broad employee confidentiality agreements changed the common law presumption against servitudes?  Would joining forty-eight states (including California and most recently Texas) in adopting the more modern Uniform Trade Secrets Act help make Massachusetts more competitive?

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

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 Ranked by Chambers

Russell Beck was honored in the 2013 Chambers USA Guide. Chambers identified Russell as one of its “Notable Practitioners,” stating, “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.”

Russell was first ranked by Chambers USA in its 2010 guide, and ChambersLogo281x70was also honored by Chambers USA in 2011 and 2012.

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

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 Stephen Riden in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 1.21.50 PMThe June 10, 2013, issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Russell Beck and Stephen Riden in an article about a lawsuit involving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The lawsuit is titled Tuteur v. Crosley-Corcoran; Russell Beck and Stephen Riden represent the plaintiff, Dr. Amy Tuteur.

The focus of the lawsuit, as detailed by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article, is a series of so-called “DMCA takedown notices” that were delivered by the defendant Gina Crosley-Corcoran in an effort to remove certain content from Dr. Tuteur’s website. The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides a summary of the lawsuit.

The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s reporter, Julie McMahon.

About Us

Russell Beck is a partner at Beck Reed Riden LLP. He has over twenty years of experience as a complex business and intellectual property litigator, representing corporate and individual clients throughout the country.

Stephen Riden is a partner at Beck Reed Riden LLP. He represents corporate and individual clients in a wide array of commercial disputes across the country.

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

William Haddad Now A Partner At Beck Reed Riden LLP

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

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

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

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

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

About Us

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Russell Beck Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About us

Beck Reed Riden LLP is among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

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

  • Over sixteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (4th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2010), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases
  • Drafting and advising on the current bill pending before the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,000 members around the world
  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2012 Chambers USA Guide, which identified Russell as one of its “Notable Practitioners,” stating, “The highly regarded Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP has an excellent reputation for his work on trade secret and noncompete issues.

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

William Haddad to Give Presentation on FINRA Arbitration

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

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

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

More information and registration information is available here.

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

About Us

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

Boston College Law School: Law Day

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

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

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

Dannel Patrick Malloy ‘80
Governor of Connecticut

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

James A. Champy ‘68
Business Consultant

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen J. Imbriglia ‘80

Russell Beck to Chair Seminar on Noncompete Agreements

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

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

Registration and more information is here.

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

The agenda for the seminar includes the following:

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

About us

Beck Reed Riden LLP is among the leading authorities in trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition law, and our experience handling these matters is backed by our extensive employment law and business litigation experience. Our hand-picked team combines attorneys with complementary expertise and practical experience.

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

  • Over sixteen years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Authoring the book Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (4th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2010), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases
  • Drafting and advising on the current bill pending before the Massachusetts Legislature to define, codify, and improve noncompetition law
  • Teaching Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law
  • Founding and administrating the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administrating the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,000 members around the world
  • Founded and chaired the Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice for an AmLaw 100 firm

In addition, Russell was honored for his work in this area of law in the 2012 Chambers USA Guide, which identified Russell as one of its “Notable Practitioners,” stating, “The highly regarded Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP has an excellent reputation for his work on trade secret and noncompete issues.

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation and labor and employment. We are experienced litigators and counselors, helping our clients as business partners to resolve issues and develop strategies that best meet our clients’ legal and business needs – before, during, and after litigation. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help you. Read more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you here.

 

 

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