Attorney Susan G. Fentin recognized among ‘Top Women of Law’

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving employers in the greater Springfield area, today announced that Attorney Susan G. Fentin will be an honoree at the annual “Top Women of Law” event presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The event recognizing the top 50 female legal professionals in Massachusetts will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston. The Top Women of Law program celebrates the outstanding achievements made by exceptional women in the legal profession. Each year, the publication honors women who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in their field. The awards highlight 50 women who are pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models. Among these exceptional women, Attorney Fentin is the only honoree from the Pioneer Valley.

Fentin, an attorney at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., since 1999, is deserving of the Top Women of Law Award because she has demonstrated leadership, vision, passion and advocacy professionally through her involvement in employment law discussions locally and nationally. Attorney Fentin believes that both employers and employees should be treated fairly, and she works hard to ensure that her clients understand their obligations to their workforce under state and federal law. She has also given freely of her time to volunteer organizations that help the hungry and disabled, as well as supporting public radio and the arts.

Before beginning her law career, Attorney Fentin had a career in business and owned and operated her own marketing and advertising company. The experience gave her a unique insight into the employment problems faced by many business owners. Today, she specializes in employment law issues, counseling employers on handling difficult employee situations and avoiding litigation, defending employers against charges of discrimination under state and federal law, and employment litigation in state and federal court. Her interest in helping employers is evident in her editorship of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter and her  at the Advanced Employment Issues Symposium in Las Vegas, Nev. Her passion for employment law has also led her to Cambridge, Mass., where she has held Master Classes on behalf of M. Lee Smith Publishers: Americans with Disabilities Act, Wage and Hour: Fair Labor Standards Act and Family and Medical Leave Act.

As past president and current member of the board of trustees for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Attorney Fentin was proud that Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., was able to raise a total of 3,387 pounds of food during last year’s Legal Food Frenzy. The annual competition challenges members of the legal community to raise funds and collect food items for food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout Massachusetts. In addition to her work with the Food Bank, Attorney Fentin is also president of the board of directors for Riverside Industries, Inc., an organization that provides life skills, development and employment options for people with developmental disabilities in western Massachusetts. She also serves on the board of directors for Greenfield Co-operative Bank.

A resident of Conway, Attorney Fentin has been a partner at the firm since 2004. Her practice concentrates on labor and employment counseling, advising large and small employers on their responsibilities and obligations under state and federal employment laws and representing employers before state and federal agencies and in court. She speaks frequently to employer groups, conducts training on avoiding problems in employment law and teaches master classes on both the FMLA and ADA. She has been ranked as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in the state of Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating firm and has been named to the Super Lawyers list since 2008.

A keynote address will be delivered by state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, the first woman and person of color to be elected to represent the Commonwealth’s 1st Suffolk District, a diverse and thriving cross-section of Boston which includes Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan and South Boston. For almost two decades, Sen. Forry has dedicated her professional life to a career in public service, working in various capacities in both state and local government. She was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2005 for the Commonwealth’s 12th Suffolk District and, in April 2013, was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate after a highly competitive special election.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper was founded in 1972 and reports decisions issued by all the state and federal courts in Massachusetts as well as changes to court rules, verdict and settlement reports, bar-discipline notices and all other news vital to attorneys in the commonwealth. In addition to reporting all decisions issued by the Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeal Court and the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly also covers hundreds of rulings from state and federal trial courts in Massachusetts and state agencies like the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

A complete list of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2015 Top Women of Law honorees can be found online, http://masslawyersweekly.com/top-women-of-law/2015-honorees/