Lauren Corbett Selected for Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program

Lauren Corbett has been selected to join the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program class of 2017-2018. Lauren was chosen based on her demonstrated dedication to public service. She now joins a small group of her professional peers, representing a variety of practice areas, to engage in the 14-month intensive program.

Now in its 14th year, the Public Interest Leadership Program engages selected attorneys to advance their roles in public service and leadership in the legal community. During the 14-month program, PILP members will have the opportunity to, among other things, connect with leaders at meetings and events, and to work together to grow a philanthropic program from inception to fruition. The 2017-2018 class members join notable PILP alumni in their mission to provide leadership and service.

auren is a first-year associate at Beck Reed Riden LLP, specializing in complex business litigation, trade secret and noncompete matters, and employment law. Lauren is an active member of the Boston Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association. She is a member of the Practical Skills Committee of the New Lawyers section of the Boston Bar Association.

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 Speaks at Noncompete and Trade Secrets Symposium

On June 13, 2017, Russell Beck was a panelist at the 9th Annual Symposium on Non-Compete Agreements and Trade Secrets in Boston, Massachusetts.

BBARussell BeckThe Boston Bar Association sponsored the Symposium.

The Symposium featured discussion and debate about the legal landscape of noncompete agreements and the protection of trade secrets.

The Boston Bar Association describes the event as follows:

Since 2009 BBA has hosted this symposium bringing together drafters, sponsors, supporters and critics of state bills to reform the use of employee non-compete agreements (ENCAs) and, separately, alternatively or complementarily, to enact the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA).

In the second session of the 189th General Court, its two chambers passed differing bills for ENCA reform, each including a version of UTSA, but did not quite get over the finish line. Current bills S.840, S.988, S.1017, S.1020, H.854, H.2366, and H.2371 revisit ENCA reform and propose a version of UTSA enhanced by the BBA over the years.

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The federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) among other things embraced “employee mobility” as a federal policy.  DTSA injunctions may not “prevent a person from entering into an employment relationship . . . or otherwise conflict with an applicable State [such as California] law prohibiting restraints on the practice of a lawful profession, trade, or business.”  While DTSA expressly does not preempt state trade secret law, it is silent about contract law, which arguably may be affected by these prohibitions.

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

  • State Senator William N. Brownsberger
  • State Senator Eileen M. Donoghue
  • State Senator Jason M. Lewis
  • State Representative Lori Ehrlich
  • State Representative Paul A. Brodeur
  • Katherine E. Perrelli, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Stephen Y. Chow, Burns & Levinson 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; 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 (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015), used by other lawyers to help them with their noncompete cases

  • 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 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 2016 Chambers USA Guide, which explained that “Russell Beck of Beck Reed Riden LLP is highly praised by peers, who commend his “impeccable credentials,” in the employment arena, and identify him as an “expert in noncompetition and trade secret laws.”

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.

 

Hannah T. Joseph Selected for Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 9.32.09 AMHannah T. Joseph has been selected to join the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program class of 2016-2017. Hannah was chosen based on her demonstrated dedication to public service and history of organizing bar action. She now joins 16 of her professional peers, representing a variety of practice areas, to engage in the 14-month intensive program.

Now in its 13th year, the Public Interest Leadership Program engages selected attorneys to advance their roles in public service and leadership in the legal community. During the 14-month program, PILP members will have the opportunity to, among other things, connect with leaders at meetings and events, and to work together to grow a philanthropic program from inception to fruition. The 2016-2017 class members join 153 notable PILP alumni in their mission to provide leadership and service.

Hannah is a third-year associate at Beck Reed Riden LLP, specializing in complex business litigation, trade secret and noncompete matters, and employment law. She currently serves as the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee Co-Chair. Prior to that, she served as a liaison between the BBA’s Intellectual Property Law Section and the New Lawyers Section. In addition to her work with the BBA, Hannah is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. Hannah is Co-Founder of the Boston Associates’ Networking Group (BANG). She is also a proud Big Sister with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

Beck Reed Riden LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis 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.

Hannah Joseph to Host Boston Bar Association Workshop

hannah josephHannah Joseph will be hosting a program at the Boston Bar Association titled “IP Basics Workshop in Trademark Law: Responding to an Office Action.” The event will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

Hannah established the IP Basics Workshop at the Boston Bar Association in 2014.

This program will cover the basics of responding to an Office Action by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) relating to a pending trademark application.

The panelists will a discuss series of topics, including:

  • Process for timely response;
  • The art of effectively communicating with Examining Attorneys;
  • Responding to formalities issues (e.g., goods/services descriptions, disclaimers);
  • Responding to substantive refusals (e.g., likelihood of confusion, descriptiveness); and
  • Other strategies (e.g., letters of consent, Examiners’ amendments).

The speakers are Erica Hepp Han of Ropes & Gray LLP and Sara Yevics Beccia of Burns & Levinson LLP.

Registration and event information can be found here.

Beck Reed Riden LLP2015_BLF_Silver_Standardis 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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