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Skoler, Abbott & Presser named top labor employment firm in Massachusetts


June 25, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving the greater Springfield area, announced that the firm has once again been ranked as one of the top labor and employment firms in Massachusetts in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Chambers legal guides are published annually to identify and rank the world’s best lawyers and firms based on in-depth, objective research. In addition, Skoler Abbott partners Ralph F. Abbott Jr. and Susan G. Fentin, are individually listed among the top labor and employment law attorneys in the Commonwealth. Ranking criteria in each assessment includes technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the individual client. Skoler Abbott practices exclusively labor and employment law and represents only management interests in this complicated area of the law.

“We are proud to be celebrating our 50th anniversary this year,” Abbott said. “I am humbled by our continuous recognition by Chambers USA and grateful for the support of the legal community that has enabled our success for half a century.”

Chambers guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world.

Ranking both lawyers and law firms based on the research of 150 full-time editors and researchers based in London, Chambers has become a guide trusted by clients globally for reliable and capable business lawyers. Anonymous quotes submitted by clients to Chambers USA on behalf of Skoler Abbott include:

• “The firm has proven to be extremely competent, professional and expert.”

• “We are almost always able to achieve or exceed the results we set out to attain.”

Furthermore, anonymous client quotes have been submitted on behalf of both Abbott and Fentin. Abbott is said to be “extremely knowledgeable,” and “His advice is sound, practical and extremely effective.” Clients say that Fentin is “Very responsive, giving solid, practical solutions beyond your everyday technical legal answers.”

Attorney Ralph F. Abbott, Jr., partner since 1975, is well 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.        

Abbott has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the country’s leading attorneys in the labor and employment field since 2010, and has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Inc. Abbott also has numerous credits as an author, editor, and educator, and a record of civic and community involvement.

Fentin has been a partner in the firm since 2004. Her practice concentrates on labor and employment counseling, advising large and small employers on their responsibilities and obligations under state and federal employment laws, and representing employers before state and federal agencies and in court.  She speaks frequently to employer groups, conducts training on avoiding problems in employment law, and teaches master classes on both the FMLA and ADA.

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