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partner at Beck Reed Riden LLP, a litigation boutique focusing on business
litigation, trademark litigation, copyright litigation, healthcare litigation,
ADR, trade secrets, noncompetes, unfair competition, and management side labor
and employment.  Blog:


Concentrating on complex commercial litigation, including high-tech and intellectual property matters, protection of trade secrets, enforcement and defense of non-competition agreements, land use cases, and health care payor/provider disputes. 


Prior to starting Beck Reed Riden, I was a partner at Foley & Larder LLP, a member of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., and before that I worked at Reynolds Rappaport & Kaplan and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.  


My experience includes:


  • Representing 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 and settlement.


  • Representing a broad range of clients on diverse matters, including enforcement and defense of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, protection of trade secrets, contract disputes, copyright and trademark matters, false designation of origin claims, unfair competition 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.


  • Representing municipalities, individuals, and corporate clients in land use matters, including on behalf of and before zoning boards, planning boards, and other town boards.


  • Representing healthcare clients in payor/provider disputes, member claims, contracting issues, responses to civil investigative demands, and alternative dispute resolution matters.


  • Serving as mediator and advocate in commercial, intellectual property, and family law matters.


Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire.  I am also admitted to appear before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fourth, and Fifth Circuits; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.


Member of the Boston Bar Association and the New Hampshire Bar Association.


Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, New England Chapter, the Tufts University Lawyers Alumni Association, and the Tufts University Alumni Admission Program.



Former Chair of Foley & Lardner's Trade Secret / Noncompete Practice

Former Member, Foley & Lardner National Pro Bono Committee

Former Co-Chair, Foley & Lardner Boston Office Pro Bono Committee

Former member of the General Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Practices and the Emerging Technologies Industry Team.  


Founder, Foley & Lardner's Trade Secret / Noncompete Blog.





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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    27 years, 250 cases
  2. Intellectual Property: 35%
    21 years, 150 cases
  3. Arbitration: 10%
    24 years, 50 cases
  4. Computer Fraud: 10%
    11 years, 50 cases
  5. Appeals: 5%
    24 years, 25 cases



Pro bono (5%)

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Contact info

Beck Reed Riden LLP

155 Federal Street
Suite 1302
Boston, MA, 02110


NHAuthorized to practice law200011/05/2008
NYCurrently registered 199003/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Chambers RankedChambers & Partners USA2010
Super Lawyer - Corporate Counsel Edition® - July 2009Masschusetts Super Lawyers2009
Up and Coming LitigatorBenchmark Legal2008
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2006
Carl H. Hitchner Mentor of the Year AwardFoley & Lardner2006
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2005
Law ReviewBoston University School of Law1987
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerBeck Reed Riden LLP2010 - Present
Lecturer in Law, Trade Secrets and Restrictive CovenantsBoston University School of Law2009 - Present
Alternate MemberTown of Marblehead Planning Board2009 - Present
Chair, Trade Secret, Noncompete & Unfair Competition InitiativeFOLEY & LARDNER LLP2009 - 2010
PartnerFOLEY & LARDNER LLP2005 - 2010
Instructor of Legal Research & WritingBoston University School of Law1999 - 2002
PartnerEpstein Becker & Green, P.C.1995 - 2005
AssociateReynolds Rappaport & Kaplan, LLC1992 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association for Conflict Resolution, New England ChapterMember2008 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Hampshire Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tufts University Lawyers Alumni AssociationMemberN/A
Tufts University Alumni Admission ProgramMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Carlin v. CohenWon after four weeks of trial.
United HealthGroup Inc. v. WellCare Health Plans and ChomeauWon. Avoided injunction
Carlin/Melcher AppealJudgment for Cohen upheld on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
IT Business Edge(Quoted in) Non-Compete Agreements: Likely Unfair, More Likely Enforceable2010
Virginia Lawyers WeeklyIs "binding mediation" a new solution?2009
Accelerate(Co-author) IT security: A practical approach to protecting trade secrets2009
Mass High TechCourt backs employers on noncompete agreements, mostly2009
Baltimore Business JournalEconomy likely to force changes to noncompete pacts2009
Minnesota LawyerBinding mediation: A nearly perfect imperfect solution2009
Law360Weighing Lawyer Employment Agreements In Mass.2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogProtecting Your Confidential Business Information While the Noncompete Debate Continues2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogWhy aren't lawyers bound by noncompete agreements?2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogWhy aren't lawyers bound by noncompete agreements?2009
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Blog)(Quoted in) Ex-EMC exec can work for competitor, but with limitations2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete Blog"Legitimate business interests are not mutually exclusive," you say?2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogBack to the Basics . . . Terms of Art2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogMassachusetts Noncompete Debate - New Voices2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogAssignment of Employee Noncompetes in the Acquisition Context (Contributor)2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogAll wisdom is in the footnotes . . .2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogNew Proposed Noncompete Legislation in Massachusetts . . .2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogAre noncompete agreements enforceable?2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogTwo SIdes of the Same Coin: Waiving Noncompetes and Inconsistent Enforcement2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogAn Ounce of Prevention . . .2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogFreedom to Compete? A Symposium on Bills Affecting Employee Non-Compete Agreements2009
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyNon-compete enforceable out-of-state2009
Computer WorldOpinion: No-poach agreements: A new generation of restrictions2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogTrade Secret / Noncompete - Multiple Postings2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogIn the News...2009
Sacramento Business JournalEconomy likely to force changes to noncompete pacts2009
New Mexico Business WeeklyEconomy likely to force changes to noncompete pacts2009
The Corporate CounselorNon-Compete Agreements2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogMassachusetts Noncompete Bill Set for Hearing2009
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyDecision focusing on 93A significant for different reason2009
Trade Secret / Noncompete BlogBack to the Basics… What is a Trade Secret?2009
Foley & LardnerProtecting Your Confidential Business Information While the Noncompete Debate Continues2009
MacworldWhen you think about security, don't forget this crucial element (co-author)2009
Nashville Business JournalEconomy likely to force changes to noncompete pacts2009
Boston Business JournalEconomy likely to force changes to noncompete pacts2009
The Marblehead Reporter(Quoted in) Marblehead rep co-sponsors overhaul of non-compete agreements2009
The Swampscott Reporter(Quoted in) Swampscott rep co-sponsors overhaul of non-compete agreements2009
Mass High Tech(Quoted in) Tips to make noncompetes work - and work fairly2009
Computer WorldBeyond the Noncompete2009
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")Book: Negotiating, Drafting and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements & Related Restrictive Covenants2009
HR AdvisorNoncompete Agreements and Other Restrictive Covenants: A Primer and Checklist2009
The Corporate CounselorNon-Compete Agreements2009
Boston Business JournalLegal briefs: Partners leaving firms must consider financial fallout2008
Business Law Bulletin of VirginaIs "binding mediation" a new solution?2008
Mass High TechNoncompete agreements that don't mean what they say2008
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyBinding mediation: a nearly perfect imperfect solution2008
Dolan Media Newswire/Rhode Island Lawyers WeeklyBinding mediation: a nearly perfect imperfect solution2008
WikipediaNon-compete clause: Enforceability in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts2008
HealthCare ReviewMinimizing the Costs and Consequences of Payor-Provider Disputes2007
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")Legal Issues of Data Security: Substantive and Practical Advice for Protecting the Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability of Data2002
Mass High TechValuing and protecting intellectual property rights2002
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyNon-Compete Didn't Bar Consulting Arrangement2001
Business Finance MagazineThe Fine Line in Noncompetes2001
The Journal RecordLawsuits next on the list of venture worries2001
On The InternetCyberliability: New Exposures to Old Risks2000
Mass High TechCyber-liability updates old risks2000
Boston Business JournalProtect information, ideas with 'noncompete' agreements1999
Mass High TechY2K's impact may be unknown, but the threat of lawsuits is real1998
Boston Business JournalE-mail: Sending a message of liability risks to companies1998
Mass High TechNet could haul in worldwide lawsuits1998
Workforce Management WeeklyNoncompetes: A Tale of Two Companies - Why your noncompete agreement must be properly crafted.N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Tufts UniversityComputer ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Protecting Proprietary InformationIntellectual Property2010
Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (speaker, 2/25/10)Alternative Dispute Resolution2010
Massachusetts Noncompetes: A Roundtable on Proposed LegislationNoncompetes2010
Labor & Employment Section Luncheon RoundtableNoncompetes2010
Intellectual Property Law UpdateTrade secrets2010
Fit the Bill: Managing the Cost of Litigation While Maintaining Work QualityLitigation management2010
Enforcing and Litigating Across Borders, Including Through ADRNoncompetes2010
Confidentiality Agreements: New England In-House Counsel BriefingTrade Secrets2010
Boston Bar Association Intellectual Property Year in ReviewTrade Secrets and Noncompetes Year in Review2010
Noncompetition Agreements and Trade Secrets in Uncertain TimesRestrictive Covenants2009
Noncompetes & Other Restrictive CovenantsNoncompetes/Restrictive Covenants2009
Noncompetes & Other Restrictive CovenantsImplementing a comprehensive program for the protection of trade secrets, confidential information, and goodwill2009
NECN Interview, October 9, 2009Massachusetts Noncompete Bill2009
Freedom to Compete? A Symposium on Bills Affecting Employee Non-Compete AgreementsNoncompetes2009
Establishing a Comprehensive Program to Protect Trade Secrets, Confidential Information, and GoodwillTrade secrets, noncompetes, goodwill2009
Ask the Attorneys: Noncompetes and Restrictive CovenantsNoncompetes/Restrictive Covenants2009
Alternative Dispute Resolution: When, Why, and How to Use Arbitration, Mediation, and Binding MediationADR2009
Untying the Knots that Bind: Non-Compete & Non-Disclosure AgreementsNoncompetes2008
Suing Your Former Employees for Starting a Competitive Company? What You Need To KnowNoncompete Agreements and Other Restrictive Covenants2008
Former Employees Starting a Competitive Company? What You Need To KnowNon-Competes and Other Restrictive Covenants2008
Arbitration, Mediation, and Litigation: Which To Use and WhyDispute Resolution2008
Preparing, Using, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agrements and Other Restrictive CovenantsNoncompetes and Other Restrictive Covenants2007
The Strategic Use of Arbitration, Mediation and Litigation: Which to Use and WhyDispute Resolution2006
The Strategic Use of Arbitration, Mediation and Litigation: Which to Use and WhyAlternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation2006
How to Leave Your Company Without Getting SuedNoncompetes, Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets2006
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios v. Grokster Ltd.: The Balance Between Copyright and InnovationCopyright2005
IP RoundtableCopyrights, Trade Secrets, Noncompetes2005
Litigation as a Strategic Business ToolLitigation2004
Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Advanced Internet Strategies for the Massachusetts Legal ProfessionalInternet Research/Legal2004
Legal Issues of Data SecurityTrade Secrets and Noncompetes2002
Client Briefing Conference: For Employers, In-House Counsel and Human Resources ProfessionalsProtecting Proprietary and Confidential Information and Non-Compete Agreements2002
Trade Secrets and Restrictive CovenantsTrade Secrets, Non-Competes, Restrictive Covenants2000
Protecting Competitive IntelligenceTrade Secrets/Non-Competes2000
Internet Basics for the Massachusetts AttorneyLegal Research2000