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Stephen Riden is a commercial litigator who represents corporate and individual clients in a wide array of disputes across the country.

Stephen has extensive experience litigating business disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, trade secrets, and noncompete agreements. He has represented companies in a variety of governmental investigations. Stephen also has substantial experience representing owners involved in intra-corporate disputes, including shareholder litigation and close-corporation control matters.

Steve Riden was selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New England and Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts.

In 2020, Steve was the President of the Board of Directors for the Boston College Law School Alumni Association.

In 2021 and 2022, he was the Co-Chair of the Board of Editors for the Boston Bar Journal. Previously, Steve was the Chair of the Board of Editors for the Boston Bar Journal, and the Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Business and Commercial Litigation Section.

Steve is the author of the first chapter in the book Damages, Interest, and Attorney Fees in Massachusetts Litigation. The chapter, supplemented in 2022, is titled “General Law of Damages in Massachusetts.”

Steve is also the author of the following resources for Thomson Reuters Practical Law:

In 2018, Steve was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

Prior to starting Beck Reed Riden LLP, Stephen was a senior counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP where he was a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and IP Litigation Practices, as well as the Emerging Technologies Industry Team. He previously served as an appellate law clerk to the Honorable Elspeth B. Cypher, Appeals Court of Massachusetts.


  • Represented several key witnesses in a jury trial that resulted in an award of more than $2 billion in damages for trade secret misappropriation.
  • In a case involving the enforcement of noncompete and trade secrets clauses of an employment agreement, won a temporary restraining order against the new employer of a client’s former employee, prohibiting the new employer from employing the individual in any position relating to the employee’s prior job duties, and barring misappropriation of the client’s confidential information.
  • Obtained dismissal of a federal lawsuit accusing an out-of-state company of copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.
  • Defeated a motion for preliminary injunction filed against client seeking to enjoin him from misappropriating trade secrets and competing in violation of a noncompete agreement.
  • Won a preliminary injunction on behalf of an insurance brokerage against seven former employees prohibiting them from soliciting employees and clients, and barring their use of confidential information.

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J.D., Boston College Law School (1999)

B.A., Boston College (1995)

Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts

Top 100 Lawyers in New England

AV® Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers® – 2013 through current year

Recipient of Boston College Law School’s 2010 Chapter Award for Boston

Massachusetts Super Lawyers® 2013 through current year

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Included in the 2005 – 2012 editions of Massachusetts Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® for work in business litigation.

Massachusetts Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Boston Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association