Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., Attorneys Among 2014 Best Lawyers in America©

The law firm of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., a leading labor and employment law firm serving the greater Springfield, Massachusetts area, today announced that attorneys Ralph F. Abbott, Jr., Jay M. Presser, John H. Glenn and Timothy F. Murphy were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014. Additionally, Attorney Abbott was named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Springfield, Massachusetts Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” for the second time in three years, succeeding Attorney Presser, who was named Best in that category last year. The Best Lawyers in America is a peer-reviewed listing that has been published since 1983. Recently, Best Lawyers® partnered with the leading United States rankings publication, U.S. News & World Report, for increased credibility and visibility to more than 17 million readers in dozens of city and regional publications globally.

“We are honored to be recognized by Best Lawyers®,” said Attorney Abbott. “We are also humbled because the recognition requires each lawyer to be independently nominated followed by an extensive peer review process.”

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. Ralph also has numerous credits as an author, editor, and teacher, and a record of civic and community involvement.

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.

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, John 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.

Timothy F. Murphy, partner in the firm, joined Skoler-Abbott after serving General Counsel to an area labor union and serving as an Assistant District Attorney for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.  His practice includes labor relations and employment litigation, as well as employment counseling. A native of the Springfield area, Tim is a graduate of Western New England Law School, where he has subsequently taught courses in employment law. He is a frequent contributor to business and human resource publications and a contributing author to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter.