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John S. Gannon

Phone : (413) 737-4753
Fax: (413) 787-1941
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John S. Gannon is an associate with Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., and practices in the firm’s Springfield, Massachusetts, office. Since joining the firm in 2011, John has defended employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination, as well as actions arising under the Family Medical Leave Act and wage & hour law. John also has experience with lawsuits seeking to enforce restrictive covenants and protect trade secrets.

John frequently assists employers in litigation avoidance strategies. He has reviewed numerous employee handbooks and related polices for compliance, as well as employment and non-compete agreements. John has also conducted comprehensive wage & hour and employment practices audits. He regularly counsel employers on compliance with state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Prior to joining the firm, John served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable David M. Borden and George D. Stoughton at the Connecticut Appellate Court. He is a graduate of Boston College, and received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Western New England Law School in 2009, where he was the Note Editor and a staff member of the Western New England Law Review. While in law school, he served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant at the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Prior to attending law school, John had a career in marketing and advertising.

John is a regular contributor to business publications and to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter. He also is a frequent speaker on employment-related legal topics for a wide variety of associations and organizations, including appearances on Western Mass News and the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly podcast sessions.

Areas of Specialization

  • Employment Litigation
  • Personnel Policies and Practices Review
  • Wage and Hour Compliance
  • Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Litigation
  • OSHA Compliance


  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Hampden County Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Published Works


  • Hot Topics in Employment Law, Massachusetts/Rhode Island Medical Group Management Association (Jan 2016)
  • Parental Leave & Sick Leave Law, Chicopee Chamber of Commerce (Mar 2015)
  • Sick Leave Law Regulations, Chicopee Chamber of Commerce (May 2015)
  • EANE Sick Leave Briefing (Dec 2014)
  • EANE Benefits & Compensation Seminar: Changes to White Collar Exemptions (July 2015)
  • EANE Employment Law Conference (Nov 2015)
  • Tips for Hiring, Managing & Disciplining Employees, Massachusetts/Rhode Island Medical Group Management Association (Jan 2015)
  • Social Media and Virtual Workplace Harassment, Employers Association of the North East, November 2012
  • Connecticut Employment Law Update, Employers Association of the North East, November 2011
  • Changes in Background Checks: Effective and Legally Compliant CORI Practices & Using Social Media to Compile Background Check Information, May 2012 (Skoler Abbott Breakfast Briefing)
  • Supreme Court Round-up, July 2013 (Skoler Abbott Breakfast Briefing)
  • Master Classes on behalf of M. Lee Smith Publishers:
    • Wage and Hour: Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Documentation Retention and Recordkeeping
    • Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
  • Webinars presented to national audiences on behalf of M. Lee Smith Publishers:
    • ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation Summit: Understanding Your Intersecting Leave Law Obligations, August 2013
    • Supreme Court Round-up, July 2013
    • Bootcamp for Supervisors, December 2012
    • Wage and Hour Bootcamp, October 2012
    • Exemption Checkup: How to Find and Fix FLSA Problems with an Easy Audit, February 2012

Professional Activities/Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Educational Resources for Children
  • Springfield District Court Lawyer for the Day participant


  • Boston College, B.A., 2000
  • Western New England College School of Law, cum laude, J.D., 2009


  • Connecticut, 2009
  • Massachusetts, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts and Connecticut, 2011