Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. Partners Recognized As 2011 Super Lawyers; Youngest Partner Also Named Rising Star

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. is pleased to announce that four of the firm’s partners have been selected as 2011 Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and one attorney has been named a Rising Star. Partners Ralph F. Abbott, Jr., Marylou V. Fabbo, Susan G. Fentin, and Jay M. Presser have been chosen as Super Lawyers based on their professional achievements in labor and employment law, as well as a high level of peer recognition. In addition, Kimberly A. Klimczuk has been named a Rising Star.

Super Lawyers:

Ralph F. Abbott, Employment & Labor

Jay M. Presser, Employment & Labor

Susan G. Fentin, Employment & Labor

Marylou V. Fabbo, Employment & Labor

Rising Star:

Kimberly A. Klimczuk, Employment & Labor

“We are extremely proud to have attorneys from Skoler, Abbott & Presser recognized by their esteemed peers for the 2011 Super Lawyers,” said Ralph Abbott. “We are especially delighted that Kimberly Klimczuk has been featured as a Rising Star by the Super Lawyers rating service and resource; she is definitely one of the top attorneys on the rise in the state and we look forward to many years of her dedicated service and attention to her clients.”

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. In the Massachusetts Super Lawyers selection process, ballots are sent by Law & Politics to over 31,000 Massachusetts attorneys, each of whom must have been in practice for five years or more. Independent research is then conducted on each of the nominees, followed by a panel review process. The top five percent of attorneys in each state are identified by Super Lawyers.

In 1998, Super Lawyers launched Rising Stars in Minnesota to recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Star list.

Ralph F. Abbott, a resident of Wilbraham, MA, has been a member of the firm since 1975. In addition to providing employment-related advice to employers, he assists clients in remaining union-free and representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board. He also has extensive experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representing employers at arbitration hearings and before other state and federal agencies.

Jay M. Presser, of Suffield, CT, has been a member of the firm for the last 33 years. Presser is head of the firm’s litigation practice and has more than thirty years of experience litigating employment cases before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the State Labor Relations Commission, and in state and federal courts.

Susan G. Fentin, of Conway, MA, has been a labor and employment attorney with the firm for the last 12 years, and a partner in the firm since 2004. Ms. Fentin is Associate Editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, and a regular speaker at the annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium sponsored by M. Lee Smith Publishers and held in Nashville, TN. Her practice is concentrated on employment discrimination, including counseling clients to help them avoid employment litigation and representing them before state and federal administrative agencies if litigation is unavoidable.

Marylou V. Fabbo, who resides in Ludlow, MA, joined the firm in 1995 and became a partner in 2001. Her practice is concentrated in employment law with an emphasis on employment litigation. She has successfully defended employers in civil actions involving many areas of employment law, including sexual harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, FMLA, breach of contract, and wrongful discharge. Ms. Fabbo is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Kimberly A. Klimczuk, a resident of Springfield, MA, joined the firm in 2004 and was named Partner in 2010. Ms. Klimczuk has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements and advising on contract interpretation. She has successfully defended 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. Additionally, she has assisted employers in compliance matters involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and has drafted numerous affirmative action plans for them.