Stephen Reed – Beck Reed Riden LLP

Practice/Organization Description

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.

Steve is a founding partner of Beck Reed Riden LLP – Boston's newest litigation boutique. B|R|R lawyers have years of experience at large law firms, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individuals.

We focus on business litigation – including contract, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and healthcare litigation – as well as labor and employment, trade secrets, noncompetes, and alternative dispute resolution.

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.

Bar Admissions


U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts;

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit;

Supreme Court of the United States


London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.M. in Labor Law (2003);

New England Law | Boston, J.D. (1992);

Colby College, B.A. (1985)

Professional Associations & Memberships

Boston Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section)

Honors and Awards

Named a "Super Lawyer" (top 5% of Massachusetts lawyers) in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 by Law & Politics Magazine.


99 Summer Street, Suite 1600
Boston, MA 02110, United States

Contact: Stephen Reed

Areas of Practice
  • Labor & Employment Law
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