On September 23, 2020, Russell Beck will give a presentation titled: “Employee Mobility, Non-Competes, and NDAs: Protecting Trade Secrets and Customer Relationships in the Pandemic Era.” 

The complimentary webinar, presented by the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), will take place on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to noon ET.

Registration information and other details about this free program are available here.

As described by the program notes:

Non-competes have been around nearly forever but are presently viewed pejoratively in the public discourse. Pre-COVID-19, state legislatures were competing to make their jurisdiction the next Silicon Valley by writing new laws around non-competes, thinking California’s prohibition was the missing ingredient.

The FTC is getting into the act through possible rulemaking. The explosion in employee mobility post-COVID-19 has made the protection of trade secrets and precious customer relationships more fraught than ever. Pre-pandemic, courts were carving out no-go zones for the former employer. Last spring’s mass employment dislocations has increased the risk to employers.

This Webinar will examine strategies to consider in these post-COVID-19 times and review recent decisions on injunction applications as well as recent developments in legislative changes to the law around employee mobility. Our speakers are thought leaders on these issues and able to help us separate fact from fiction.

The other speaker for the presentation is Johner T. Wilson III, of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, and the moderator will be Peter J. Pizzi, of Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP.

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.

eck 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 featured Beck Reed Riden LLP’s noncompete agreement experience. In 2016, the White House issued a report entitled, “Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues, and State Responses,” relying in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s research and analysis, including its 50 State Noncompete Survey.

Russell Beck’s work in this area is well recognized, and includes:

  • Over twenty five years of working on trade secret, noncompete, and unfair competition matters
  • Assisting the Obama White House as part of a small working group to develop President Obama’s Noncompete Call to Action
  • 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 matters
  • Authoring the book Trade Secrets Law for the Massachusetts Practitioner (1st ed. MCLE 2019), covering trade secrets nationally, with a focus on Massachusetts law
  • 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 1,600 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 2019 Chambers USA Guide, which stated that Russell Beck is a “terrific” attorney, who “is an excellent choice of counsel regarding noncompete agreements and the resolution of restrictive covenant disputes.” Chambers noted that Russell “basically wrote the new Massachusetts statute on noncompetes” and that “he’s an expert in employee mobility and nonrestrictive covenants.”

Beck Reed Riden LLP is Boston’s innovative litigation boutique. Our lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals. We focus on business litigation 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.