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Springfield-based Attorney Keith Minoff has been selected for inclusion on the 2014 list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers selection process is based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5% of the lawyers in each state are selected each year for inclusion. In practice for over 25 years, Minoff specializes in business and employment litigation.
North Brookfield Savings Bank announced the promotion of Tonya Laird to Branch Manager at the bank’s North Brookfield/Gilbert Street location from the her previous position of Assistant Branch Manager. Laird joined North Brookfield Savings in 2002 as a teller, and brings an employment and educational background in customer service, management, IRAs, and other facets of banking and finance.
Tanzania Cannon-Eckerle, Esq., an attorney at Royal LLP, a Northampton-based, woman-owned, management-side labor and employment law firm, has been elected to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Hampshire Regional YMCA.
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., with offices in Springfield, Worcester and Meriden, Conn., announced that six of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Super Lawyers list for their contributions to employment law. Each year, no more than 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor:
• Ralph Abbott Jr., a partner since 1975, represents 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 also has numerous credits as an author, editor, and teacher; boasts a record of civic and community involvement; has been ranked as one of the best labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating service; and has been named Best Lawyers Management Lawyer of the Year in Springfield for 2014;
• Marylou Fabbo, a partner in the Springfield office, joined the firm in 1995. Head of the firm’s litigation team, she practices in all areas of employment litigation and provides counsel to management on taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of legal liability that may be imposed as the result of illegal employment practices, and defends employers who are faced with lawsuits and administrative charges filed by current and former employers;
• Susan Fentin, a partner in the firm, joined the practice in 1999 after spending several years working in the labor and employment department of a large Hartford firm. Fentin is editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter and has been ranked as one of the best labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating service. She teaches master classes on both the FMLA and the ADA and is experienced in both labor law and employment litigation;
• John Glenn, a partner of the firm since 1979, has spent his career representing management in labor relations and employment-related matters. He assists clients in remaining union-free and represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board. Glenn has extensive experience negotiating collective-bargaining agreements and representing employers at arbitration hearings and before state and federal agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Glenn was employed by the National Labor Relations Board in Cincinnati. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at Western New England University School of Law and is a member of the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys;
• Kimberly Klimczuk joined the firm in 2004 and concentrates her practice on labor law and employment litigation. Her experience includes negotiating collective-bargaining agreements and advising on contract interpretation, and successfully defending clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in a variety of areas of employment law, including wage-and-hour law, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and workers’ compensation claims. She has assisted employers in compliance matters involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs; and
• Jay Presser has more than 35 years of experience litigating employment cases, has successfully defended employers in civil actions and jury trials, and has handled cases in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage-and-hour law, FMLA, ERISA, and defamation. Presser has won appeals before the Supreme Judicial Court and the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals, and represented employers in hundreds of arbitration cases arising under collective-bargaining agreements.
TD Bank has promoted Anabela Blake to Assistant Vice President, Store Manager II in the store located at 60 Main St. in Westfield. She will continue to be responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel, and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store. Blake has 25 years of experience in retail sales and banking and joined TD Bank in 2004 as an Assistant Store Manager before her most recent position as Store Manager I. Blake is a 1995 graduate of Western New England University.
The YMCA of Greater Springfield recently announced the advancement of two of the organization’s senior leaders:
• Robin Olejarz has added the title of Chief Administrative Officer to her role as Chief Financial Officer. In addition to managing the association’s financial health, Olejarz, who joined the YMCA team in 2006, will provide oversight to the agency’s policies, standards and procedures, human resources, and projects, facilities, and risk management.