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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. He has successfully litigated and tried cases in state and federal court, as well as before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A large portion of Steve’s practice involves advising employers on issues involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and other state and federal employment statutes that affect the employment relationship on a daily basis. He has reviewed and drafted countless employment and workplace policies since beginning his practice in 1992.

Steve also advises clients on unfair competition issues, including the use and enforceability of noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements. He has successfully litigated cases on behalf of both employers and employees to either enforce or overcome such agreements.

Steve also has extensive experience in traditional labor law. He has tried cases before the National Labor Relations Board and arbitrated numerous cases on behalf of employers. He has counseled employers on union avoidance issues and represented management at the collective bargaining table.

Steve has lectured and written on employment law subjects for continuing legal education and various business organizations. He is a frequent panelist on employment law issues at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association subcommittee responsible for drafting the MCAD Sexual Harassment Guidelines.

Written Works

  • Dissertation: “Evidentiary Constructs in Direct Employment Discrimination Cases: A Critical Comparison of British and American Law” (London School of Economics, 2003)

  • “The Demise of Ozzie and Harriet: Effective Punishment of Domestic Abusers,” 17:2 New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement (1992)


Steve participates frequently as a panelist in employment law trial-practice courses offered by MCLE. Recent presentations include:

  • “Mock Trial of an MCAD Disability Discrimination Case,” MCLE, July 2010, Panelist

  • “Mock Trial of an MCAD Age Discrimination Case,” MCLE, June 2009, Panelist

  • “Presenting & Defending Your First (or Next) MCAD Case, February 2009, Panelist

  • “Mock Trial of an MCAD Sexual Harassment & Retaliation Case,” MCLE, August 2008, Panelist

  • 10th Annual Employment Law Conference, MCLE, December 2007, Moderator, MCAD Panel Discussion

  • “The New MCAD Standing Order and Everything You Want to Know About the MCAD,” MCLE, April 2007, Panelist

  • “Representing Clients Before the MCAD,” MCLE, February 2007, Panelist

  • “Representing Clients Before the MCAD,” MCLE, February 2006, Panelist


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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 100%
    23 years, 200 cases

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Contact info

Beck Reed Riden LLP

155 Federal Street
Suite 1302
Boston, MA, 02110-1254


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Best Lawyer, Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBeck Reed Riden LLP2010 - Present
Attorney/PartnerShepherd Law Group, P.C.2004 - 2010
AssociateEpstein Becker & Green, P.C.1999 - 2001
AssociateKearns & Rubin,P.C.1992 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Boston Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hutchinson v. Caritas Norwood HospitalDefense Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement“The Demise of Ozzie and Harriet: Effective Punishment of Domestic Abusers”1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
London School of Economics and Political ScienceBritish & European Labor LawLL.M - Master of Laws2003
New England Law BostonLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Colby CollegeGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mock Trial of an MCAD Disability Discrimination CaseTrial Practice Panelist2010
Presenting & Defending Your First (or Next) MCAD CaseTrial Practice Panelist2009
Mock Trial of an MCAD Age Discrimination CaseTrial Practice Panelist2009
Mock Trial of an MCAD Sexual Harassment & Retaliation CaseTrial Practice Panelist2008
The New MCAD Standing Order and Everything You Want to Know About the MCADModerator2007
Representing Clients Before the MCADPanelist2007
10th Annual Employment Law ConferenceModerator, MCAD Panel Discussion2007
Representing Clients Before the MCADPanelist2006