Russell Beck

Lecturer in Law

Partner, Beck Reed Riden LLP

B.S., Tufts University
J.D., magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law


Russell Beck is a partner in Foley & Lardner LLP’s Boston office and serves as Chair of the firm’s Trade Secret/Noncompete Practice. He is also a member of the General Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; Privacy, Security & Information Management; and Labor & Employment Practices and the Emerging Technologies Industry Team.

In addition to his twenty years of experience as a complex commercial and intellectual property litigator, Mr. Beck has had over a decade of experience as lead counsel on trade secret and noncompete matters; has authored the book, Negotiating, Drafting, and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Related Restrictive Covenants (3rd ed., MCLE, Inc.); and drafted the bill currently pending before the Massachusetts House of Representatives to define and codify Massachusetts noncompetition law.

His practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation, including high-tech and intellectual property matters; counseling and litigating with regard to the protection of trade secrets; drafting, negotiating, enforcing and defending non-competition agreements; land use cases, and health care payor/provider disputes.

Mr. Beck has been repeatedly recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, an honor received by only 5% of Massachusetts attorneys. He is also AV rated (the highest rating available) by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Beck earned his J.D. from Boston University (magna cum laude, 1989), where he was an editor of the Law Review. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tufts University (1986).

Mr. Beck serves as an alternate member of the Town of Marblehead Planning Board and was a 2006 winner of Foley & Lardner’s Carl H. Hitchner Mentor of the Year Award.


Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants: LAW JD 793

2 credits

This course will examine the theory, practice, and interrelationship of trade secret law and the law of restrictive covenants, including laws governing the use and enforceability of noncompetition agreements. We will explore what a trade secret is, what it is not, how it differs from other types of intellectual property, and how something secret can constitute protectable property. We will investigate how trade secrets can be misappropriated, including misappropriation through one's memory; whether and in what circumstances trade secrets will be protected, including through the use of noncompetition agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and other restrictive covenants; the other purposes served by those agreements; and the strengths and weaknesses of the various laws governing the protection of trade secrets and the use of restrictive covenants. Depending on class interest and time, we may discuss related issues such as the current debate over the use of noncompete agreements and their putative effects on innovation. NOTE: This course satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.

SPRG 2015: LAW JD 793 A1 , Jan 14th to Apr 15th 2015
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
W 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Russell Beck LAW 209
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 793 A1 , Jan 14th to Apr 14th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
R 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 Russell Beck LAW 420
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