Susan G. Fentin

Phone: (413) 737-4753
Fax: (413) 787-1941
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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, P.C., in 2004.

Prior to attending law school, Susan had a long career in advertising and marketing.  As 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. In 2015, Susan was honored as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Massachusetts.

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


  • Clerk to the Honorable John M. Greaney, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 1996-1997
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2005-2006
  • Super Lawyers, 2008-2015
  • Recognized as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by Chambers and Partners, 2010-present
  • Named as one of Top 50 Women Attorneys in Massachusetts in 2015


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

Published Works


  • Defensible Employment Documentation: How to Build a Wall and Minimize Legal Risks,” BLR/HR Hero Webinar, Spring 2015
  • Speaker, Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Nashville, TN, 2004-2014
  • Keynote Panel, Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Nashville, TN, 2008-2014
  • Master Classes held in Cambridge and Springfield, Massachusetts on behalf of BLR:
    • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Wage and Hour: Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Family and Medical Leave Act
    • HR Foundations

Webinars presented to national audiences on behalf of BLR

  • 7 Anti-Employer Laws
  • How to Manage and Survive an EEOC Investigation
  • What You Can Do About Employee Depression
  • FMLA Self-Audit
  • 6 Anti-Employer Laws in 2010
  • Domestic Partners and the FMLA
  • FMLA’s New Domestic Partner Rights
  • Mental Illness
  • Conducting Exemption Audits Under the FLSA
  • Depression and Other Mental Illness Under New ADA
  • Workplace Scents and Allergies
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Documentation
  • FMLA Bootcamp for Supervisors
  • Anxiety Disorder: Strategies for Human Resources

Professional Activities/Community Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, North Hatfield, MA; President, 2009-2012, Board Member 2007-2015
  • Board of Directors, Riverside Industries, Inc., Easthampton, MA, 2010-2015; First Vice President, 2012-2013; Second Vice President, 2013-2014; President, 2014-2015
  • 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
  • Board of Directors, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, 2014-present


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


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