Ralph F. Abbott, Jr.

Ralph F. Abbott, Jr.
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Ralph Abbott has over 40 years of experience in labor and employment law. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Cornell Law School. 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 (NLRB). He also has extensive experience negotiating collective-bargaining agreements and representing employers at arbitration hearings and before other state and federal agencies.

Ralph has spent his career representing management in labor relations and employment-related matters.

Ralph has served on the Labor Lawyers Advisory Committee of CUE (Council for a Union-Free Environment), an educational subsidiary of the National Association of Manufacturers since 1982 and was its chairman in 1991-1992. Ralph was also one of the founding members of the Worklaw® Network, a national organization of management labor and employment firms, and was its first Chairman. He is co-author of Aspen Systems Health Care Labor Manual and is a Contributing Editor to the NLRB Law and Practice published by Matthew Bender. Ralph is a former adjunct professor at Western New England College School of Law, teaching labor law, and he regularly makes presentations before management groups on labor and employment law topics.

Ralph has been recognized as one of the country’s leading attorneys in the labor and employment field by Chambers and Partners USA, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious publications in the legal profession. He was selected for inclusion in the 20th Anniversary edition of The Best Lawyers in America because he has been included in that esteemed list for the past twenty years.

  • Admitted

    • Massachusetts, 1973
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, 1978
    • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, 1975
  • Affiliations

    • Member, Hampden County Bar Association
    • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Member, Worcester County Bar Association
    • Member, Labor Lawyers Advisory Committee for COUNCIL ON UNION-FREE ENVIRONMENT (CUE) since 1982; Chairman, 1991-1992
    • Member, Legatus Catholic CEO Organization
    • First Chairman, Worklaw®Network (formerly LABNET), 1990-1993
    • Former Adjunct Professor, Labor Law, Western New England University School of Law
  • Education

    • J.D., Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, 1973
    • B.A., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 1970, Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  • Noteworthy

    • Best Lawyers in America, 1989-Present
    • Super Lawyers, 2004-2015
    • 2011 Best Management Attorney, Best Lawyers in America, Western, MA
    • 2012 Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law – Management, Best Lawyers in America
    • 2014 Lawyer of the Year, Management Labor Law, Best Lawyers in America
    • Inducted as a Fellow into The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Inc., 2004
    • Recognized as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by Chambers and Partners, 2010-Present
  • Professional Activities/Community Involvement

    • Board Member, CMEA The Employers Association
    • Minnechaug Freshmen Girls’ Basketball Head Coach (2006-present)
    • CYO Girls’ Basketball Coach (7th & 8th grades)
  • Published Works

    • Coauthor, Health Care Labor Manual, Aspen Systems Publications, 1974
    • Author, Hiring & Firing in Massachusetts, M. Lee Smith Publishers & Printers, 1990
    • Former Editor, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, BLR®, 1990-2012
    • Author, “Staying Union-Free is No Accident,” The Business Journal of Western Massachusetts, Business West, 2003
    • Author, “Union Organizing in 2004,” Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) Newsletter, January 2004
    • Author, “What Exactly is a Neutrality Agreement,” Health Care Employment Law Letter, February 2004
    • Author, “Strike Back at Partial Work Stoppages,” Health Care Employment Law Letter, March 2004
    • Contributing Editor, NLRA Law and Practice (Second Edition), published by Matthew Bender: Chapter 13, “Subjects of Bargaining”
  • Teacher/Presenter

    • Adjunct Faculty, Labor Law, Western New England University School of Law, 1975-1978
    • Instructor in Labor Relations, Personnel Administration Program, Elms College, 1983-1986