The 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 digital 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 features Russell Beck’s analysis of what would happen if noncompete agreements are eliminated in Massachusetts.
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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.”
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