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

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

Russell has over twenty seven 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 the extensive work he performs for clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individuals, he is frequently called upon to advise on trade secrets and noncompete legislation and policy issues.

  • He was recently 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 possible noncompete legislation.
  • He was asked to advise on, and ultimately to draft, one of the two first noncompete bills filed in Massachusetts. Since that time, he been advising several Massachusetts legislators on potential trade secrets and noncompete legislation, drafted or revised most of the proposed bills, and provided advice to the Patrick Administration about its proposed noncompete and trade secrets 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 PBS Newshour and NECN News.

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 (5th ed., MCLE, Inc. 2015) (covering Massachusetts noncompete law); authored the chapters Trade Secret Misappropriation and Noncompetition Agreements for Intellectual Property Practice (MCLE, Inc. 2004-2016) (covering trade secrets law nationally and Massachusetts noncompete law); prepared the firm’s widely-used 50 State Noncompete Survey (the first of its kind and updated regularly since 2010); created the firm’s 50 State Trade Secrets Comparison Chart (also the first of its kind); 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, and breach of contract claims.

Russell’s experience includes:

  • Lead counsel for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individuals 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 protection of trade secrets, enforcement and defense of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, 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 clients in a broad range of industries, including software, computer-related technology, healthcare technology, biopharma, biomedical, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, b2b sales and distribution, marketing, hospitality and events, real estate, insurance, financial services, legal services, expert services, health and beauty services, consulting, staffing, and many others.
  • Lead counsel for healthcare clients (payors and providers) in payor/provider disputes, member claims, contracting issues, responses to civil investigative demands, restrictive covenant enforcement and defense, and alternative dispute resolution matters.
  • Lead counsel for individuals and corporate clients in land use and development matters.
  • Mediator 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.

Mediation Experience:

As an adjunct to his litigation practice, Russell has represented his clients in countless mediations for almost twenty years. About ten years ago, Russell trained as a mediator and has since served as the mediator on commercial matters, including disputes involving trade secrets, noncompetes and other restrictive covenants, and trademarks, as well as other business disputes.

Russell authored the chapter, ADR for CEOs – What General Counsel Need to Know About Drafting ADR or Mediation Provisions in Contracts, for the book, ADR Law Insights – Top ADR Lawyers Share What They Knew Best (ExecSense, Inc. 2012),

Community and Service:

Russell serves as chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trade Secrets Committee, a member of the Boston Bar Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and a member of the Boston Bar Association Council, and is a Fellow in the Boston Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows.

Previously, Russell served as vice chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trade Secrets Committee, vice chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trade Secrets Litigation Subcommittee (of the Trade Secrets Committee), chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Legislation Subcommittee (of the Trade Secrets Committee), co-chair of the Boston Patent Law Association’s Trade Secret Committee, co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, and co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Annual Meeting Committee, and has been a member and co-chair 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, served as an alternate member of the Town of Marblehead Planning Board, 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, 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: