Russell Beck

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Russell Beck is a business and intellectual property litigator, nationally recognized for his trade secrets and noncompete experience. 

Russell has 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.

Russell is a leading authority on the law of trade secrets and noncompetes. In addition to his many years of experience advising on and litigating trade secrets and noncompete matters around the country, he authored the book, Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (4th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2010) (covering Massachusetts noncompete law); authored the chapters Trade Secret Misappropriation and Noncompetition Agreements for Intellectual Property Practice (MCLE, Inc. 2004-2011) (covering trade secrets law nationally and Massachusetts noncompete law); drafted the current bill pending before the Massachusetts Legislature to modify Massachusetts noncompete law; founded and chaired Foley & Lardner LLP’s Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice; and created and teaches Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law.  (Boston University’s Intellectual Property program, of which Russell’s course is a part, has been ranked in the top 10 in the country by U.S. News and World Reports.)

Russell is also frequently called upon to advise clients concerning the prevention and minimization of litigation risks both in Massachusetts and nationally. Such services include the preparation of noncompetition agreements, nondisclosure agreements, no-raid agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, and other restrictive covenants; the performance of trade secret audits and establishment of comprehensive trade secret protection programs; trade secrets training; preparation of alternative dispute resolution agreements; and advice concerning the on-boarding and off-boarding of employees subject to restrictive covenants, joining a client from a competitor, or leaving a client to join a competitor.

In addition to his national trade secrets and noncompete litigation practice, Russell’s practice concentrates on complex business litigation, including high-tech matters, copyright infringement matters, trademark disputes, unfair competition claims, business-to-business matters, breach of contract claims, land use cases, and health care payor/provider disputes.

Russell’s experience includes:

  • Lead counsel for corporate, high-tech, and individual clients in complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal court trials, arbitrations, mediations, and binding mediations, from pre-litigation through trial and appeal.
  • Lead counsel for a broad range of clients on diverse matters, including enforcement and defense of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, protection of trade secrets, employee mobility issues, contract disputes, copyright and trademark matters, false designation of origin claims, unfair competition claims, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) claims, fraud and business torts, post-acquisition breach of contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, commercial lease disputes, and domestic and international jurisdiction and choice-of-law disputes.
  • Lead counsel for lawyers and law firms in professional liability, partner withdrawals, and fiduciary duty matters.
  • Lead counsel for healthcare clients in payor/provider disputes, member claims, contracting issues, responses to civil investigative demands, and alternative dispute resolution matters.
  • Lead counsel for municipalities, individuals, and corporate clients in land use and development matters.
  • Mediator and advocate in commercial disputes and intellectual property matters.

Immediately prior to founding Beck Reed Riden LLP, Russell was a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP and chair of the firm’s Trade Secret/Noncompete Practice. He previously was a partner at Epstein Becker & Green, PC, and an associate at Reynolds Rappaport & Kaplan and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Russell was also an instructor in the Boston University Law School’s First Year Writing Program.

Community and Service:

Russell serves as vice chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trade Secrets Committee, co-chair of the Boston Patent Law Association’s Trade Secret Committee, a member of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and co-chair of the 2015 Boston Bar Foundation John & Abigail Adams Benefit, and is a Fellow in the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows.

Previously, Russell served an alternate member of the Town of Marblehead Planning Board, was chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Legislation Subcommittee (of the Trade Secrets Committee), was vice chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trade Secrets Litigation Subcommittee (of the Trade Secrets Committee), was co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, was co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Annual Meeting Committee, has been a member of the Boston Bar Foundation John & Abigail Adams Benefit steering committee, served as Secretary of the Committee on Legal Assistance at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, sat on the ethics committee of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, served as a volunteer alumni interviewer for the Tufts University admissions program, and served as chair and co-chair of Foley & Lardner’s Boston office pro bono committee and a member of the national pro bono committee.

Presentations, Publications & News:

In addition to administering the award-winning Fair Competition Law blog and co-hosting the Fairly Competing podcast, Russell writes and lectures frequently on various intellectual property and other legal issues, including enforcement and defense of noncompete agreements, protection of trade secrets, trademark disputes, copyright issues, arbitration, mediation, and binding mediation. Recent representative presentations and publications include:


· Business Litigation
· Trade Secrets Litigation & Counseling
· Noncompete Litigation & Counseling
· Unfair Competition Litigation & Counseling
· Employee Mobility Litigation & Counseling
· Lawyer Mobility Litigation & Counseling
· Trademark Litigation
· Copyright Litigation
· Healthcare Litigation
· Arbitration
· Mediation
· Appeals


· J.D., Boston University School of Law
  (magna cum laude, 1989)
· B.S., Tufts University (computer science,


· Chambers USA (for trade secrets and   noncompetes)
· Martindale Hubble, AV rated (highest
  possible rating)
· Top 100 Lawyers in New England, Super   Lawyers® (2011-present)
· Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, Super   Lawyers® (2011-present)
· Massachusetts Super Lawyers® (an honor
  received by only 5% of Massachusetts
  attorneys, 2005-present)
· Avvo Rating 10/Superb
· Up and Coming Litigator, Benchmark
  Legal (2008)
· Law Review, Boston University School of
· Carl H. Hitchner Mentor of the Year Award


· Massachusetts
· New York
· U.S. Supreme Court
· U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
· U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
· U.S. District Court for the District of
· U.S. District Court for the Southern District
  of New York
· Boston Bar Association
· Boston Patent Law Association (Co-Chair,   Trade Secrets Committee)
· American Intellectual Property Law   Association (Vice-Chair, Trade Secrets    Committee)