Marylou V. Fabbo

Marylou V. Fabbo
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Marylou is a Partner in the Springfield office and heads the firm’s litigation team. She knows the importance of an understanding and cooperative relationship between an organization and its employees. She’s had an insider’s view of the challenges faced by both sides of the employer-employee relationship. Her mother owned a business for over 30 years while her father spent those same years as a union employee—often working rotating shifts. Marylou paid attention to her parents’ different perspectives (and sometimes heated discussions) on various work-related issues which has shaped her approach to addressing problems in the workplace.

For over twenty years, Marylou has encouraged employers to take proactive steps to fostering a work positive environment.

My goal is to help employers avoid landing in sticky legal situations by providing counseling, advice, management training, and drafting and reviewing handbooks and policies. If the parties must part ways, I assist clients in making the transition as seamless as possible — such as by preparing severance or separation agreements. Still, I know that in some situations, despite an employer’s good faith actions, litigation is unavoidable. If that happens, I am dedicated to providing a zealous defense.

Marylou has successfully represented the firm’s clients in state and federal courts, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and other forums. For years she has been recognized by Boston Magazine as a Super Lawyer and had been designated as one of the Top Women in Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

A fan of Imagine Dragons, Seinfeld, and Game of Thrones, Marylou is in her first year of Empty Nest Syndrome. To fill the time that was once spent moving shoe piles away from the door, transferring dishes that no one left in the sink to the dishwasher, making (and canceling and making and canceling) kids’ appointments, and attending swim meets, rugby matches, softball, field hockey, and water polo games, Marylou spends time on the porch of her 1840s farmhouse evaluating IPAs.

  • Admitted

    • Connecticut
    • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
    • Massachusetts
    • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
    • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Affiliations

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

    • J.D., magna cum laude, Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude, Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • Noteworthy

    • 50 Top Women of Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2016
    • Super Lawyers, 2008-2009, 2011-present
    • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2005-2006
  • Professional Activities/Community Involvement

    • Member, Board of Directors, FutureWorks
    • Vice Chairperson, Commission on Disabilities of Wilbraham, Massachusetts
    • Chairperson, Town of Ludlow Personnel Board (2003-2004)
    • Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County (2000-2002)
    • Former Co-Chair, MBA’s Springfield CLE Committee
    • Corporator, Randall’s Community Center, Ludlow Boys & Girls Club
  • Published Works

  • Representative Decisions

    • Wagner v. Baystate Health, Inc., Docket No. 12-CV-30146-B (D. Mass. February 20, 2014) (defense verdict)
    • Abbiati v. Lockheed Martin Info. Tech., et al., 84 Mass. App. Ct. 1129 (2014)
    • Dyjak v. Baystate Health Systems, Inc., 945 F. Supp. 2d 197 (D. Mass. 2013)
    • Henry v. United Bank, 686 F. Supp. 3d (1st Cir. 2012)
    • Stack et al. v. TA Operating LLC et al., NYDHR Civ. Action Nos. 10127516, 10128992, 10129970, 10131833 (May 18, 2010) (hearing decision for Respondents)
    • Walonoski v. Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems, Inc., 2009 WL 562294 (D. Connecticut 2009)
    • DeSouza v. DRS, Docket No. WOCV2005-01874-D (Mass. Superior Court January 21, 2009) (defense verdict)
  • Teacher/Presenter

    • Adjunct Faculty, Employment Law, Western New England University School of Law
    • Speaker, Gender Identity and Expression, BLR®, 2015 Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
    • FMLA Certifications, Successful Strategies for Managing Medical Leave, BLR® (December 12, 2014) [webinar]
    • FMLA Compliance for 2015: Master New and Challenging Leave Management Situations, BLR® (October 29, 2014) [webinar]
    • New FMLA Rule: What You Must Know About Qualified Military Exigency and Caregiver Leave, BLR® (March 28, 2013) [webinar]
    • ADA Master Classes, BLR® (October 30, 2007, September 11, 2008, September 13, 2012, October 17, 2012)
    • Mastering Intermittent Leave: How to Correctly Apply FMLA Rules and Stop Abuse, BLR® (September 28, 2012) [webinar]
    • The New Leave Compliance: How to Master FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Comp Overlap, BLR® (April 26, 2012) [webinar]
    • FMLA Master Classes, BLR® (September 28, 2006, November 15, 2007, October 9, 2008, September 10, 2009, March 22, 2011, April 9, 2012, February 1, 2012)
    • Wage and Hour Master Classes, BLR® (May 15, 2008, February 4, 2009)
    • Triple Damages: New Wage-Law Fallout for Massachusetts and the Rest of the Country, BLR® (September 24, 2008)
    • Employment Law for Lawyers, Western New England University (March 27, 2008)