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Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

Address:
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.
One Monarch Place
Suite 2000
Springfield, Massachusetts 01144
Phone: (413) 737-4753
Fax: (413) 787-1941
Web site: skoler-abbott.com
Firm Size: 11 Lawyers
Primary Contact:
Marylou Fabbo
mfabbo@skoler-abbott.com
Address:
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.
255 Park Avenue, 10th Floor
Worcester, Massachusetts 01605
Phone: (508) 757-5335
Fax: (413) 787-1941
Address:
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.
173 Interstate Drive
Waterbury, Connecticut 06705
Phone: (203) 630-1175
Fax: (413) 787-1941

Firm Description

From its inception in 1964, Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. has concentrated its practice in the field of labor relations and employment law practicing exclusively for management. The firm serves both public and private sector employers throughout New England and in many other states. The firm's clientele are engaged in all forms of business enterprise, including health care, manufacturing, banking, higher education and non-profit organizations in any matter relating to the employment relationship. The firm has also been approved as defense counsel by numerous insurance companies providing Employment Practice Liability Coverage to employers.

Each of the firm's lawyers has a broad-based background in the resolution of employment-related problems. Generally, each client chooses one attorney who has primary responsibility for their account. However, to enhance greater expertise and efficiency, when it best serves the client's needs, other attorneys might become involved with any specific client. Skoler, Abbott prides itself on its responsiveness to clients and its practice of "preventive labor/employment" relations, where it has long assisted employers in matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, including representation elections, defending against unfair labor practice charges, as well as collective bargaining and grievance arbitration.

Skoler, Abbott & Presser has extensive experience in defending employers at trials both before administrative agencies and federal and state courts throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. The firm's attorneys are admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. Over the years the firm has successfully defended employers in virtually every type of employment dispute. While its success rate at trial is outstanding, the firm strongly believes that its greatest litigation successes are not the trial "wins", but rather, the far greater number of times that it has avoided litigation or promptly and efficiently resolved employment-related disputes at the early stages of a lawsuit or administrative charge. This may include use of alternative dispute resolution or creative problem solving. Recognizing that its clients are not in business to "make laws", but rather, that lawsuits are an undesirable drain on a company's resources, the firm attempts to manage litigation from the client's own business perspective, providing expert and cost efficient handling of employment litigation.

The firm provides training in a wide variety of employment-related areas, including sexual harassment, ADA, FMLA, COBRA, Workers Compensation, attendance, hiring/firing issues, and assists clients in developing, reviewing and updating policies and procedures for personnel manuals, guidebooks and affirmative action plans.

  

Attorney Biographies

Ralph F. Abbott, Jr.
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. Ralph 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 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. 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. He is also the Editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter. 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.

Marylou V. Fabbo
Marylou V. Fabbo has been a member of the firm since 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration magna cum laude from Bryant College and received her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Western New England College School of Law after serving as a Note Editor of the Western New England College Law Review. Ms. Fabbo is the co-author of "Insurance Coverage for Employment Claims in Massachusetts," 18 WNEC L.Rev. 255, 1996. Ms. Fabbo is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She practices employment law with an emphasis on employment litigation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, discrimination, non-competition agreements, the WARN Act and sexual harassment. She previously practiced employment law for Day, Berry & Howard in Hartford, Connecticut.

Susan G. Fentin
Susan G. Fentin joined the firm in 1999 after practicing labor and employment law with the Hartford, Connecticut firm of Shipman and Goodwin, L.L.P. She is an alumna of Wellesley College and a magna cum laude graduate of Western New England Law School, where she served as the Editor in Chief of the Law Review. After graduation, Ms. Fentin clerked for the Honorable John M. Greaney, of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Ms. Fentin is associate editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter and a frequent speaker at seminars on employment litigation issues. She is the author of The False Claim Act ­ Finding Middle Ground Between Opportunity and Opportunism, 17 WNEC L. Rev. 255, 1995. She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut and federal court in Vermont.

Erica E. Flores
Erica E. Flores joined the firm in 2013. Erica has successfully defended employers in single-plaintiff and class action discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation, wage and hour litigation, and breach of contract/non-competition litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She has also defended employers, employee benefit plans and benefit plan fiduciaries against a variety of ERISA breach of fiduciary duty, prohibited transaction and benefits claims. In addition to her litigation practice, Erica regularly advises clients with respect to day-to-day employment issues, including decisions regarding adverse employment actions and litigation avoidance.

John S. Gannon
John S. Gannon is an associate with Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., and practices in the firm’s Springfield, Massachusetts, office. Since joining the firm in 2011, John has defended employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination claims, as well as actions arising under the Family Medical Leave Act and wage & hour law. John also has experience with lawsuits seeking to enforce restrictive covenants and protect trade secrets. John frequently assists employers in litigation avoidance strategies. He has reviewed numerous employee handbooks and related polices for compliance, as well as employment and non-compete agreements. John has also conducted comprehensive wage & hour and employment practices audits. He regularly counsels employers on compliance with state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Occupational Health and Safety Act. Prior to joining the firm, John served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable David M. Borden and George D. Stoughton at the Connecticut Appellate Court. He is a graduate of Boston College, and received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Western New England Law School in 2009, where he was the Note Editor and a staff member of the Western New England Law Review. While in law school, he served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant at the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Prior to attending law school, John had a career in marketing and advertising. John is a regular contributor to business publications and to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter. He also is a frequent speaker on employment-related legal topics for a wide variety of associations and organizations.

John H. Glenn
John Glenn, with over 30 years of experience, 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 also served as an Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at Western New England College School of Law.

Wendy L. Grabel
Wendy Grabel serves as Of Counsel to the firm, specializing in employee benefits and the new Health Care Reform Law. Her practice encompasses retirement plans, deferred compensation, severance, and welfare programs, including medical and ancillary insurance plans, for both commercial and tax-exempt employers. Focusing on both ERISA and the Tax Code, Wendy advises employers on administrative problems and their workable solutions, and on proper plan drafting to ensure regulatory compliance. Wendy’s career includes associations with the New York City law firms Debevoise & Plimpton and Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, as well as a Federal judicial clerkship in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Amelia J. Holstrom
Amelia J. Holstrom, an associate in the Springfield, Massachusetts office, joined Skoler, Abbott, & Presser in 2012 after serving as a judicial law clerk to the Judges of the Connecticut Superior Court, where she assisted with complex matters at all stages of litigation. Amelia’s practice is focused in labor law and employment litigation. Since joining the firm in 2012, Amelia has assisted clients in remaining union-free; represented clients at arbitrations; and defended employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination claims, as well as actions arising under the Family Medical Leave Act and wage & hour law. Additionally, Amelia frequently provides counsel to management regarding litigation avoidance strategies. Amelia is a 2011 graduate of Western New England University School of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the Western New England Law Review.

Kimberly A. Klimczuk
Kimberly Klimczuk joined the firm in 2004 and concentrates her practice on labor law and employment litigation. Kimberly became a partner with the firm in 2011. Kimberly’s experience includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements and advising on contract interpretation; representing clients in labor arbitration; 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 and breach of contract. 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. Kimberly is a frequent speaker for a wide variety of associations and organizations and is an active member of the Western Massachusetts community.

Timothy F. Murphy
Timothy F. Murphy has been a member of the firm since 2001. He served as General Counsel to an area labor union and working as an Assistant District Attorney for the Hampden County District Attorney's Office. He is a graduate of American International College and Western New England Law School. Tim is experienced in both labor law and employment litigation and has taught employment law-related courses at Western New England College School of Law for several years. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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