Laurence H. Reece, III, was a partner at our firm for two years at the end of the 1990s. Following that, he started his own firm in 2000. Larry died of cancer in August 2004.
Larry was the “Dean of the Bar” in Massachusetts when it came to the law of trade secrets and covenants not to compete. He was a nationally recognized expert in these practice areas and a prolific author, writing seminal articles on these topics.
Life moves on, and out of concern that these articles would turn to dust on the bookshelves and in the libraries of Massachusetts attorneys, I asked Larry’s wife, Patricia Manson, for permission to publish some of Larry’s best articles on this blog. She agreed enthusiastically. While the copyrights to these articles belong to the publishers, I believe that this nonprofit, educational publication falls well within fair use. (Warning: these are lengthy PDF files).
- Trade Secret Misappropriation: A Review and Analysis of Massachusetts Law, published in 71 Massachusetts Law Review 171 (December 1986).
This was, and remains, the seminal article on trade secret law in Massachusetts.
- Employee Non-Competition Agreements and Related Restricted Covenants: A Review and Analysis of Massachusetts Law, published in the March 1991 issue of the Massachusetts Law Review.
This is the counterpart to the 1986 article.
- Noncompetition Agreements: An Overview of Massachusetts Law, published by MCLE in 1998.
An update on noncompetition agreements.
- Developing a Program for the Protection of Trade Secrets, published by MCLE in August 1998.
A valuable and comprehensive guide to trade secret protection programs.
A 2003 comprehensive update to the 1991 article.
These articles remain an important and valuable resource for lawyers and judges in the state, and I hope that they will prove useful, and help keep Larry’s memory alive.