Six Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers List

SPRINGFIELD, WORCESTER, MA & Waterbury, CT- Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., is pleased to announce that six of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Now in its tenth year of publication, the Super Lawyers list recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice through a rigorous selection process and third-party validation of their professional accomplishments.

The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and sophisticated consumers in the search for legal counsel. The following Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., attorneys have been named as 2013 Super Lawyers for their contributions to employment law:

Ralph F. Abbott, Jr., a partner since 1975, is known throughout the legal community for his work representing management in labor relations and employment-related matters, providing employment-related advice to employers, assisting clients in remaining union-free and representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board. Attorney Abbott also has numerous credits as an author, editor, and teacher, and a record of civic and community involvement, has been ranked as one of the best labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating service, and has been named Best Lawyer’s Management Lawyer of the Year in Springfield for 2014.

Marylou V. Fabbo, a partner in the Springfield office, joined the firm in 1995. Head of the firm’s litigation team, she practices in all areas of employment litigation. Attorney Fabbo provides counsel to management on taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of legal liability that may be imposed as the result of illegal employment practices, and defends employers who are faced with lawsuits and administrative charges filed by current and former employers.

Susan G. Fentin is a partner in the firm and joined the practice in 1999 after spending several years working in the labor and employment department of a large Hartford firm.  Before beginning her law career, Attorney Fentin had a career in business and owned and operated her own company, giving her unique insight into the employment problems faced by business owners. She is Editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter and has been ranked as one of the best labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating service.  She teaches Master Classes on both the FMLA and the ADA and is experienced in both labor law and employment litigation.

John H. Glenn, a partner of the firm since 1979, has spent his career representing management in labor relations and employment-related matters. In addition to providing employment-related advice to employers, he assists clients in remaining union-free and represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He has extensive experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements, representing employers at arbitration hearings and before state and federal agencies. Prior to joining Skoler, Abbott & Presser, Attorney Glenn was employed by the National Labor Relations Board in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at Western New England University School of Law and is a member of the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys.

Kimberly Klimczuk joined the firm in 2004 and concentrates her practice on labor law and employment litigation. Her experience includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements and advising on contract interpretation; and successfully defending clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in a variety of areas of employment law, including wage/hour law, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and workers’ compensation claims. In addition, she has assisted employers in compliance matters involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and drafted numerous affirmative action plans for them. Attorney Klimczuk is a frequent speaker for a wide variety of associations and organizations and is an active member of the Western Massachusetts community.

Jay M. Presser has over thirty-five years of experience litigating employment cases. He has successfully defended employers in civil actions and jury trials and handled cases in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage hour, FMLA, ERISA, and defamation. He has won appeals before the Supreme Judicial Court and the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals, and represented employers in hundreds of arbitration cases arising under collective bargaining agreements.