Jay M. Presser

Jay M. Presser

Phone : (413) 737-4753
Fax: (413) 787-1941
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Jay Presser, who started with the firm in 1977, has over forty years of experience litigating employment cases in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, including the NLRB, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the State Labor Relations Commission.

Jay 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, FMLA, ERISA, and defamation. He has won appeals before the Supreme Judicial Court and the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals, and has represented employers in hundreds of arbitration cases arising under collective bargaining agreements.

He has also won numerous honors, ranging from over twenty consecutive years on the Best Lawyers in America list to his repeated selection as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. On several occasions, he has been named Management Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year in Springfield.

Areas of Specialization

  • The practice of employment and labor law exclusively on behalf of management.


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1991 through the present; in various categories of employment law including – management, labor law – management, and litigation – labor and employment
  • Twice selected Best Lawyers® Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Springfield
  • Chosen one of its “Lawyers of the Year” by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Super Lawyers, 2004-2016


  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Labor Relations Law Section
  • American Bar Association Member, Labor Relations Section

Published Works

  • “The Relationship of Federal Labor Law, State Law Wrongful Discharge Actions and Other State Law Actions,” Chapter 54, Labor and Employment Arbitration, Matthew Bender, 1989
  • Contributor to Massachusetts Employment Law Letter


  • Adjunct Faculty, Collective Bargaining, Western New England College School of Law, 1978-1987
  • “Presenting Your First MCAD Case,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), Sexual Harassment Update, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • “Trying Employment Cases in the Superior Court,” MCLE

Professional Activities/Community Involvement

  • Board Member of Survivor Journeys , a cancer support organization
  • Board Member, past President, and Foundation Chair of the Rotary Club, Suffield, CT
  • Board Member and volunteer for Suffield Observer (local newspaper)
  • Past member of Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Board Member and past President, Suffield Little League
  • Founding Member and Treasurer, Suffield Sports Council
  • Founding Member and past Treasurer, Suffield Travel Basketball Club
  • Past Treasurer, Suffield Platform Tennis Association


  • J.D., Cum Laude, from George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, DC, 1975
  • B.A., Cum Laude, from Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, State University of New York-Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, 1972


  • Massachusetts, 1979
  • New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, 1980
  • U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Vermont, 2001


  • National Labor Relations Board, Region 9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Field Attorney, 1975-1977