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Beck Reed Riden LLP
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United States

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Russell Beck

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Riden; Nicole Daly; Heather Krauss; Sara Tishler; Hannah Joseph


‘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.


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.

Beck Reed Riden LLP is one of the leading authorities in trade secret, employee mobility, and unfair competition law. 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. Our lawyers combine the skills, experience, and judgment to advise and represent companies and individuals on even the most complex trade secret litigation and restrictive covenant issues.

Beck Reed Riden LLP’s lawyers have years of experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals in a broad range of industries. Beck Reed Riden LLP’s clients include companies in the following industries: pharmaceuticals, biomedical, biotech, medical devices, software, computer-related technology, healthcare-related technology, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, b2b sales and distribution, marketing, consulting, staffing, insurance, financial services, legal services, expert services, health and beauty services, and many others.

We are nationally recognized for our work handling trade secret and employee mobility matters. Examples of other types of matters we handle for our clients include the following:

      • Unfair Competition
      • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claims
      • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
      • Trademark & Copyright Litigation
      • Business-to-Business Disputes
      • Breach of Contract & Business Fraud
      • Shareholder/Close-Corporation Disputes
      • Lawyer mobility
      • Employee mobility

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. Visit our website ( to learn more about us, the types of matters we handle, and what we can do for you.

Department Name Email Telephone
Russell Beck 617-500-8660