Event Details

June 25, 2024

1 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Registration and additional information is available from Strafford.


On June 25, 2024, Russell Beck will be speaking at a Strafford seminar titled “Trade Secrets and Navigating FTC’s Noncompete Rule to Maintain a Competitive Advantage.”

The presentation is described as follows:

This CLE webinar will provide guidance on the new FTC ban on noncompetes and the implications for trade secret protection. The panel will discuss the growing importance of trade secret protection programs in light of recent FTC-driven changes. The panel will offer best practices for developing a trade secret program without noncompete protections.

On Apr. 23, 2024, the FTC issued a final rule that bans noncompete provisions nationwide. The intent of the rule is to protect the freedom of workers to change jobs. Under the final rule, existing noncompetes for most workers will no longer be enforceable after the rule’s Sept. 4, 2024, effective date. While the final rule does not deviate far from the January 2023 proposed rule, it does not ban existing noncompetes for senior executives as defined in the rule.

However, the fallout of the ban is putting trade secrets at risk. Protecting company innovations is a critical part of any organization’s long-term success.

Companies and their counsel should examine what other IP protections and additional tools are available to protect trade secrets. Further, they should review and update contracts that address trade secrets as well as employee contracts.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the new FTC ban on noncompetes. The panel will discuss the growing importance of trade secret protection programs in light of recent FTC-driven changes. The panel will offer best practices for developing a trade secret program without noncompete protections.

A full program for the presentation is available here.

Russell frequently writes about current efforts to regulate noncompete agreements. He was featured on NPR and quoted in the New York Times discussing federal regulatory efforts targeting noncompete agreements. In January 2023, Russell wrote an article for Law360 called “Companies Must Brace For FTC’s Overbroad Noncompete Rule.” Russell recently published a helpful guide for employers seeking to protect confidential information following implementation of a nationwide noncompete ban.

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.

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 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 thirty years of experience 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 (6th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2021), 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 administering the award-winning blog, Fair Competition Law
  • Establishing and administering the Noncompete Lawyers and Trade Secret Protection groups on LinkedIn, with over 1,660 and 870 members, respectively, 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 2020 Chambers USA Guide, which stated that Russell Beck is “an expert in the field of trade secret and restrictive covenant law,” and is also noted for his “ability to adjust and come up with successful solutions.” 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.