Susan G. Fentin

Phone: (413) 737-4753
Fax: (413) 787-1941
sfentin@skoler-abbott.com
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Susan Fentin joined the firm in 1999 after practicing for several years with the Labor and Employment department of a large Hartford, Connecticut law firm. She was made a partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser in 2004.

Prior to attending law school, Susan had a long career in advertising and marketing.  A former business owner herself, she has unique insight into the employment problems faced by business owners.

Susan has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2008 and since 2010, she has been named one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers and Partners rating organization.

Areas of Specialization

Employment law issues for management, including:

  • Counseling employers on handling difficult employee situations and avoiding litigation, as well as policy development and supervisor training
  • Defending employers against charges of discrimination under state and federal law, including claims filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Labor, and the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Employment litigation in state and federal court

Noteworthy

  • Clerk to the Honorable John M. Greaney, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 1996–1997
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2005 and 2006
  • Super Lawyers, 2008–2013
  • Recognized as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by Chambers and Partners, 2010 to the present

Affiliations

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

Published Works

  • Editor, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter
  • “The False Claims Act—Finding Middle Ground Between Opportunity and Opportunism: The ‘Original Source’ Provision of 31 U.S.C. sect. 3730(e)(4), 17 Western New England Law Review 255(1995)

Teacher/Presenter

  • Speaker, Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Nashville, TN, 2004–present
  • Keynote Panel, Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Nashville, TN, 2008–present
  • Master Classes held in Cambridge, Massachusetts on behalf of M. Lee Smith Publishers:
    •  Americans with Disabilities Act,  2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
    •  Wage and Hour: Fair Labor Standards Act, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013
    •  Family and Medical Leave Act, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
    •  HR Foundations, 2008

Webinars presented to national audiences on behalf of BLR

  • 7 Anti-Employer Laws, 2009
  • How to Manage and Survive an EEOC Investigation, 2009
  • What You Can Do About Employee Depression, 2009
  • FMLA Self-Audit, 2010
  • 6 Anti-Employer Laws in 2010, 2010
  • Domestic Partners and the FMLA, 2011
  • FMLA’s New Domestic Partner Rights, 2011
  • Mental Illness, 2011
  • Conducting Exemption Audits Under the FLSA, 2012
  • Depression and Other Mental Illness Under New ADA, 2012
  • Workplace Scents and Allergies

Professional Activities/Community Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, North Hatfield, MA; President, 2009-2012, Board Member 2007–present
  • Board of Directors, Riverside Industries, Inc., Easthampton, MA, 2010–present; Second Vice President, 2012–present
  • Board of Directors, The Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton, MA, 2005–2012
  • Board of Trustees, WFCR, New England Public Radio; President 2003-2005, Board Member 2000-2006

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1996
  • B.A., Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1971

Admitted

  • Massachusetts, 1996
  • Connecticut, 1997
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts and Connecticut, 1997
  • United States District Court, Vermont, 2001