Russell Beck Quoted in Boston Herald on Noncompete Reform

Russell BeckThe March 3, 2016, edition of the Boston Herald features Russell Beck in an article titled “Robert DeLeo takes on noncompetes.”

The article reports on Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo’s announcement of a proposal for significant changes to Massachusetts noncompete law.

Boston Herald

The story describes recent efforts to regulate noncompete agreements in Massachusetts:

Changing the state’s laws on noncompetes has been proposed regularly for years, but gained little traction.

Two years ago, “ban noncompetes” became a rallying cry for the local tech industry, which packed State House hearing rooms arguing noncompetes were stifling innovation. But other tech companies and business groups opposed the measure, and a Senate bill stalled when the House of Representatives failed to act.

DeLeo’s proposal doesn’t go as far as that bill, which would have limited noncompetes to six months.

Russell Beck is then quoted as follows:

“When the Legislature is being­ asked to address a thorny issue like this, often times the best result­ is something that dulls the sharp edges of the issue­,” said Russell Beck, an employ­ment lawyer. “Looking at the way the speaker approached­ it, I think he took a reasonable approach, and a reasoned approach.­”

The article is by Boston Herald reporter, Jordan Graham.

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 LLPBLF 2014_Silver_Generalis 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.

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 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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