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Russell Beck

Russell Beck

Beck Reed Riden LLP

Boston, MA, USA


Russell Beck is a business and intellectual property litigator, nationally recognized for his trade secrets and noncompete experience.  He's been invited to the Obama White House to develop guidelines for the proper use of noncompetes and has been cited as an expert in trade secrets and noncompetes by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the White House, the Treasury Department, National Public Radio, the BBC World News Service, Le Monde, and many others.

Russell has over 28 years of experience, representing clients (ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individuals) throughout the country in federal and state trial and appellate courts, arbitrations, and mediations.

  • In 2016, he was invited to the White House to participate in working group discussions that led to the development by the White House of a Call to Action on noncompetes. (He was the only private practice lawyer to participate in those discussions.)
  • He is assisting a United States Senator on proposed noncompete legislation.
  • He was asked to advise on, and ultimately to draft, one of the first two noncompete bills filed in Massachusetts. He advised several legislators and drafted the language for the recently filed trade secrets and noncompete bill in Massachusetts, which was signed into law in Massachusetts on August 10, 2018 as part of a larger economic bill.
  • He has been quoted and his work cited in The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesThe Boston GlobeThe Boston Herald, and Fortune,as well as by the White House and the United States Treasury Department. He has also been interviewed on NPR’s On Point, PBS Newshour, and NECN News.

Russell writes and administers the award-winning Fair Competition Law blog and publishes and lectures frequently, including authoring the book, Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015) and the chapters, Trade Secret Misappropriation and Noncompetition Agreements, for the book, Intellectual Property Practice (MCLE, Inc. 2016).

Russell developed and teaches Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants at Boston University School of Law and serves as chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trade Secrets Committee.

Prior to founding the firm, Russell was a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he was founder and chair of the Trade Secret/Noncompete Practice.  Before that, he was a partner at Epstein Becker & Green, PC, and an associate at Reynolds Rappaport & Kaplan and at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Russell Beck is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Pre-Suit Consideration in a Trade Secret Misappropriation Case - Trade Secrets 2017: What Every Lawyer Should Know, Friday, October 27, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Winning Trade Secrets Cases as a Plaintiff and a Defendant, and Preventing Litigation Altogether - Trade Secrets 2017: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, Friday, November 10, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Winning Trade Secrets Cases as a Plaintiff and a Defendant, and Preventing Litigation Altogether - Winning Trade Secrets Cases as a Plaintiff and a Defendant, and Preventing Litigation Altogether, Friday, November 10, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Winning Trade Secrets Cases as a Plaintiff and a Defendant, and Preventing Litigation Altogether - Winning Trade Secrets Cases as a Plaintiff and a Defendant, and Preventing Litigation Altogether, Friday, November 10, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Trade Secrets 2017: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Trade Secrets 2018: What Every Lawyer Should Know, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Trade Secrets 2018: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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