Beck Reed Riden LLP has been recognized by The Legal 500 United States 2023 as a “Leading Firm” in a nationwide analysis of law firms.

The firm has been recommended in the category of “Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)” based on surveys and client interviews. Only 33 law firms in the United States are named in this trade secrets category. And Beck Reed Riden LLP is the only small firm included on this list.

In addition, Russell Beck was recognized as a Hall Of Fame lawyer for trade secrets attorneys in the U.S. Nicole Corvini Daly was named a Next Generation Partner, and Sarah Tishler was recognized as a Rising Star.

The following is the independent editorial write up from The Legal 500 on the firm’s ranking:

The ‘incredibly effective’ Boston-based boutique Beck Reed Riden LLP, known for its ‘well-informed counseling and tenacious litigation’ is headed by Russell Beck, who is described as ‘one of, if not the most prominent thought leader in this area’. The firm focuses its practice on trade secret and non-compete work for its market-spanning client list, including such well-known companies as Staples, Inc. It has a particular specialism in counseling and litigating on misappropriation cases involving employee hire and departures. Co-founder of the firm and notable litigator Stephen Riden is a name to note, as is the ‘talented’ Nicole Daly. Senior counsel Sarah Tishler, who specialises in trade secrets, restrictive covenants, and employee mobility work joined the team in August 2022 from Williams Simons & Landis PLC.

Legal 500’s ranking of Beck reed Riden LLP includes testimonials, key clients, and work highlights.


‘Russell Beck is one of the most prominent, if not the most prominent thought leader in this area. No one knows the area of restrictive covenant law and legislation better than him.’

‘Beck Reed Riden’s knowledge, experience and reputation in trade secrets disputes makes them unique.’

‘Russell Beck and his team are incredibly effective, efficient and they get results.’

‘BRR’s team are excellent listeners who help think through practical solutions. They live the matter with you, and lead with common sense approaches.’

‘The firm has particular expertise in providing thoughtful, well-informed counseling and tenacious litigation where needed in connection with the movement of high-value employees to and from competitors. The firm is up-to-the minute on the law and draws on deep courtroom experience, making it ready to assess and strategize on almost every matter that may arise. They’ve likely seen it and solved it before and thought of many potential strategies in advance.’

‘The firm is justifiably well-known for its work in educating businesses on navigating key issues in not only Massachusetts, but far more generally. Its team draw upon a nationwide network of experienced lawyers with whom it can partner when appropriate in an unfamiliar court. It has also built a loyal, talented following of associates as well as the principal partners.’

‘Russell Beck is a standout for his in-depth knowledge, practical experience, and personable demeanor. His commitment to the field enables him to deliver well-reasoned advice extremely efficiently. He and his partners have hired and mentored a talented team, including on general employment issues.’

‘Nicole Daly is talented, on departing employee matters, Heather Krauss and Sara Tishler. They all provide extremely user-friendly advice.’

Key clients

  • Staples, Inc.
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Vontier Corporation
  • Intellia Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Entegris, Inc.
  • Anaqua, Inc.
  • Blue-Grace Logistics LLC
  • Ideal Image, Inc.
  • UG2 LLC
  • Commvault Systems, Inc.
  • Bay Equity LLC
  • Alegeus Technologies, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Staples in litigation and day-to-day counseling concerning the protection of company trade secrets and related issues in connection with, among other things, employee hires and departures.
  • Represented Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in day-to-day counselling for Novartis on questions concerning the protection of company trade secrets and related issues in connection with, among other things, employee hires and departures.
  • Represented Commvault Systems, Inc. in litigation and day-to-day counselling on questions concerning the protection of company trade secrets and related issues in connection with, among other things, employee hires and departures.

The Legal 500 US provides impartial, third-party opinions on leading lawyers and law firms across the country. The Legal 500 relies upon a sophisticated methodology to determine which firms and attorneys are included in its list.

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.

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.