BBC World Service Interviewed Russell Beck for a Report on Noncompetes in America

The British Broadcasting Company interviewed Russell Beck as an expert for a BBC World Service broadcast on noncompete agreements in the United States entitled, “American jobs: The ties that bind.”

The broadcast opens with a summary of how noncompetes work, provided through an interview of Russell. The balance of the story explores the impacts of noncompetition agreements on companies and individuals through interviews with people affected by noncompetes, companies that use them, and a professor, Matt Marx, who studies their impacts on the economy.

The broadcast, available here, was produced by BBC Senior Producer Rosamund Jones and reported by BBC reporter Clair Bolderson.

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Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Interviewed Russell Beck about Noncompete Legislation

Russell Beck is featured in a recent article about the noncompete legislation pending in the Massachusetts state house.

The article, published online by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, focuses on a surprising position taken by the Associate Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) during a hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development concerning the eight pending noncompete and trade secrets bills. Specifically, the article explains that AIM is supporting a bill requiring employers to pay employees during any period the noncompete restriction is in place.

The article notes, “Boston business litigator Russell Beck is about as tuned in as one can be to what has become an annual bid by lawmakers to reform state law on noncompete agreements. The Beck, Reed, Riden founding partner has literally written a book on Massachusetts noncompete law. He’s also a longtime advisor to Sen. William N. Brownsberger, D-Belmont, and Rep. Lori A. Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, sponsors of twin bills in the House and Senate aimed at reforming the law governing the enforcement of noncompetition agreements.” It then observes that “even Beck was taken by surprise when a leading business group recently revealed that it was backing a bill that would require employers to pay former employees during the time the restrictions in a noncompete agreement remain in effect.”

The full article, available here, was written by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reporter Pat Murphy.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis 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.

Beck Reed Riden LLP Named in U.S. News 2018 Best Law Firms Ranking

Beck Reed Riden LLP has again received national recognition in U.S News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” publication for 2018. Beck Reed Riden LLP received a Metropolitan Tier-1 ranking in the area of Commercial Litigation and a Metropolitan Tier-2 ranking in the area of Litigation – Labor & Employment.

The 2018 rankings are based on peer reviews and client input. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Russell Beck, Stephen ReedStephen Riden, and Shannon Lynch, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity. The 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

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Beck Reed Riden LLPis 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.

Beck Reed Riden LLP Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

Russell Beck, Stephen Reed, Stephen RidenShannon Lynch, and Barry Guryan have been recognized as Super Lawyers by the 2017 issue of Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine. In addition, Hannah Joseph has been recognized as a Rising Star by the Magazine.

In addition, Super Lawyers Magazine has selected Russell BeckStephen Reed, and Stephen Riden as three of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Massachusetts for 2017. Russell Beck and Stephen Riden have also been named as two of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in New England for 2017.

Super Lawyers

The title of Super Lawyer is given to 5% of the lawyers in the Commonwealth while the Rising Star designation recognizes 2.5% of lawyers under 40.  The Super Lawyers selection process is described in detail here.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis 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.

Super Lawyers Interview with Stephen Reed about Noncompete Agreements

Stephen Reed is featured in a recent article about the enforcement of noncompete agreements. The article, published online by Super Lawyers, provides a roadmap to the negotiation and enforcement of noncompete agreements.  The article focuses on the employee’s perspective of noncompete agreements, including avoiding conflict with a former employer. The article was written by Trevor Kupfer.

In the article, Attorney Reed explains how many employees first encounter a noncompete agreement:

“You get a stack of benefits documents, sign-up sheets, applications and sometimes the noncompete is tucked in there,” says Stephen B. Reed, an employment and business litigator in Boston.

Steve Reed explained how he advises parties who are entering into non-competition agreements:

“Employees have to start thinking about their restrictions, obligations and limitations from the moment a noncompete is put in front of them,” says Reed, whose firm, Beck Reed Riden, is known for its noncompete and trade secret practice. In situations where an employee emails Reed a copy of a noncompete ahead of signing, he tries to tell them what it means and gives his best opinion as to whether or not it’s enforceable. As with most things, catching it early is key. “The number of people who don’t understand them or appreciate what they mean is surprising,” he adds.

he article concludes with a discussion with Steve Reed about the process of resolving — and avoiding — disputes over non-compete agreements.

The most common outcome of these disputes is an out-of-court resolution “through creative solutions where all sides can go forward,” Reed says. These are often a win for all, since it avoids the costs of litigation and everyone gets something they want. Sometimes all it takes is everyone sitting down at a table and hashing it out, so long as all parties are willing to be flexible.

“For the old employer, it may be better to have an agreement with everyone to stay away from some key accounts than to risk the court saying, ‘No, Billy can do whatever he wants,’” Smith-Lee says. “You can negotiate anything, assuming the old employer is truly worried about something. If they’re just being vindictive, then all bets are off.”

“It’s hard to know what their philosophy is when it comes to enforcing,” Reed agrees. “Some will slap it on everybody, but never have the intent of enforcing it—it’s used as a tool to keep people from leaving. Others will not hesitate to run into court the second someone walks out the door.” Even worse: The old employer may threaten to sue the new one, Smith-Lee says, leading to a withdrawn job offer.

The attorneys estimate that the average noncompete dispute is resolved in a month or two and takes about 40 hours of a lawyer’s time. At a billing rate of $300 per hour, that would be $12,000. Litigation is another story. “These cases, unlike other civil litigation, move extremely fast,” Reed says, “but the amount of work that needs to be done in a short amount of time is tremendous, and it costs a lot of money.” While it may be done in a few weeks, it may cost $50,000 or more.

Reaching out to an attorney early is “the best tip for either side,” Reed says.

The full text of the article is here.

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 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, Stephen Reed, and Stephen Riden Named Top 100 Lawyers

Super Lawyers Magazine has selected Russell Beck, Stephen Reed, and Stephen Riden as three of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Massachusetts for 2017.

In addition, Russell Beck and Stephen Riden have been named as two of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in New England for 2017.

Russell BeckRussell Beck is a business and intellectual property litigator, nationally recognized for his trade secrets and noncompete experience. Russell has more than twenty-five years of experience as a complex business and intellectual property litigator, representing corporate and individual clients throughout the country in federal and state trial and appellate courts, arbitrations, and mediations.

Stephen Reed represents employers in a wide array of labor and employment matters, from counseling companies on day-to-day employee-relations issues to litigating cases in court and administrative agencies. Steve’s principal focus is on the defense of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, wage & hour, and related claims.

Steve Riden is a commercial litigator who represents corporate and individual clients in a wide array of disputes across the country. Steve has extensive experience litigating business disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, trade secrets, and noncompete agreements. Steve also has substantial experience representing owners involved in intra-corporate disputes.

The selection of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Massachusetts and New England is based on a process of peer review following a survey of lawyers from the region. The Super Lawyers selection process is described in detail here.

Russell Beck and Steve Riden have been selected to Super Lawyers Top 100 lists in several prior years.

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.

Stephen Riden Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

A recent issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Stephen Riden in an article titled “Cost of lawyer’s fraud falls on client, not third party.”

The article covers a decision by the Massachusetts Superior Court in Middlesex County concerning the impact of fraudulent conduct by an attorney, and which party must shoulder the burden of the attorney’s misdeeds. The decision was entered in the case titled Artin Service Station, Inc. v. Mitri, Lawyers Weekly No. 12-088-17. 

In the decision, the Middlesex Superior Court explained that attorney for the plaintiff Artin Service Station pocketed settlement proceeds that were supposed to be paid to a third party.  The court ruled that, even though both Artin Service Station and the third party were victims of the lawyer’s misconduct, Artin Service Station had to bear the loss.

The court reasoned that “[t]his result is plainly unsatisfying to Artin, which is a victim of its agent attorney. There is likely little comfort in the fact that Artin’s claims against the disbarred wrongdoer, Levintoff, are compelling. But where neither the principal nor the third person did anything wrong, and both are victims of Levintoff’s wrongdoing, the law requires the principal to bear the risk.”

In the article, Steve Riden is quoted as follows:

Boston attorney Stephen D. Riden said that the message from the decision is that companies and individuals shopping for legal representation need to do their homework and then monitor their lawyer’s activities.

He added that the cautionary tale extends to employers who use “agents,” i.e., their employees, whose wrongful conduct could bind and harm them.

The decision went the right way from a practical perspective, Riden said. If the decision had imposed a duty to investigate possible fraudulent conduct by an agent, it would “inject a huge amount of uncertainty into every business transaction,” potentially bringing those dealings to a halt.

The article is by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s reporter, Kris Olson.

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.

Beck Reed Riden LLP Sponsoring Boston Bar Association’s Annual Meeting

Beck Reed Riden LLP is proud to sponsor the Boston Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. This event will be held on October 5, 2017, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

This year’s Annual Meeting will feature Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black. Ms. Kerman is an outspoken advocate of criminal justice reform. She has testified in the Senate on solitary confinement and treatment of women in prisons.

Beck Reed Riden LLP is a sponsor firm for the Boston Bar Association.

n addition, Beck Reed Riden LLP’s attorneys are active members of the BBA:

Russell Beck and Stephen Riden are Fellows of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows, and Hannah Joseph is a Junior Fellow.

 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.

Stephen Riden’s Presentation on Protection of Trade Secrets

On September 25, 2017, Stephen Riden spoke on a panel at the CEO Connection Mid-Market Convention in Philadelphia titled “Cyber-Security and Protecting Your Trade Secrets.” The presentation focused on best practices for protecting trade secrets and mitigating losses in the event of misappropriation or cyberattack.

According to the CEO Connection, the Mid-Market Convention is the premier annual gathering of mid-market CEOs. The event, held at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, brings together prominent leaders from diverse industries, along with select government officials, prominent academic figures, subject matter experts and media personalities for a three-day program designed to benefit their companies, the mid-market and the greater society.

The other panelists for the cybersecurity presentation were:

  • Special Agent Benjamin R.P. Stone with the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office
  • Sem Ponnambalam, co-founder and President of XAHIVE

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 lawand 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 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.

Beck Reed Riden LLP Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America List

Beck Reed Riden LLP is pleased to announce that four of its lawyers have been named to the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers.

Russell Beck, Stephen Reed, Stephen Riden, and Shannon Lynch were named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list in the following categories:

  • Russell BeckCommercial Litigation
  • Steve ReedCommercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management,
    Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Steve RidenCommercial Litigation
  • Shannon LynchLitigation – Labor and Employment

Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries.

Best Lawyers Award BadgeLawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Beck Reed Riden LLPis 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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