Marylou V. Fabbo

Phone: (413) 737-4753
Fax: (413) 787-1941
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Marylou represents employers in employment litigation before state and federal courts as well as state and federal agencies in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She is a Partner and heads the firm’s litigation team. Marylou has extensive experience working with employers to reduce the risk of legal liability that they may face as the result of illegal employment practices. Marylou is a frequent speaker on employment-related topics and also conducts extensive management training and employment practices audits. Marylou has been selected repeatedly to the Super Lawyers list, which is circulated each year in Boston Magazine. She is a published author and volunteers in the local community.

Areas of Specialization

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Counseling and training
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliations
  • Earned Sick Leave and Parental Leave
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Gender identity and transgender law
  • Handbooks and policies
  • MCAD, CHRO, and EEOC proceedings
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Separation and severance agreements
  • Single plaintiff and collective/class actions
  • Wage and hour compliance


  • 2016 Top Women of Law Honoree
  • Super Lawyers, 2008-2009, 2011-present
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2005-2006


  • “Law Supports Transgender Choice in Workplace Bathrooms,” Business West (December 1, 2015)
  • Contributor and Associate Editor, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter


  • Member, Hampden County Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association


  • Adjunct Faculty, Employment Law, Western New England University School of Law
  • Speaker, Gender Identity and Expression, BLR®, 2015 Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium
  • FMLA Certifications, Successful Strategies for Managing Medical Leave, BLR® (December 12, 2014) [webinar]
  • FMLA Compliance for 2015: Master New and Challenging Leave Management Situations, BLR® (October 29, 2014) [webinar]
  • New FMLA Rule: What You Must Know About Qualified Military Exigency and Caregiver Leave, BLR® (March 28, 2013) [webinar]
  • ADA Master Classes, BLR® (October 30, 2007, September 11, 2008, September 13, 2012, October 17, 2012)
  • Mastering Intermittent Leave: How to Correctly Apply FMLA Rules and Stop Abuse, BLR® (September 28, 2012) [webinar]
  • The New Leave Compliance: How to Master FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Comp Overlap, BLR® (April 26, 2012) [webinar]
  • FMLA Master Classes, BLR® (September 28, 2006, November 15, 2007, October 9, 2008, September 10, 2009, March 22, 2011, April 9, 2012, February 1, 2012)
  • Wage and Hour Master Classes, BLR® (May 15, 2008, February 4, 2009)
  • Triple Damages: New Wage-Law Fallout for Massachusetts and the Rest of the Country, BLR® (September 24, 2008)
  • Employment Law for Lawyers, Western New England University (March 27, 2008)

Professional Activities/Community Involvement

  • Vice President, Board of Directors, FutureWorks
  • Member, Commission on Disabilities of Wilbraham, Massachusetts
  • Chairperson, Town of Ludlow Personnel Board (2003-2004)
  • Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County (2000-2002)
  • Former Co-Chair, MBA’s Springfield CLE Committee
  • Corporator, Randall’s Community Center, Ludlow Boys & Girls Club


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1993
  • B.S., in Business Administration, magna cum laude, Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island, 1988


  • Connecticut, 1993
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 1994
  • Massachusetts, 1994
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1995
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006

Representative Decisions

  • Wagner v. Baystate Health, Inc., Docket No. 12-CV-30146-B (D. Mass. February 20, 2014) (defense verdict)
  • Abbiati v. Lockheed Martin Info. Tech., et al., 84 Mass. App. Ct. 1129 (2014)
  • Dyjak v. Baystate Health Systems, Inc., 945 F. Supp. 2d 197 (D. Mass. 2013)
  • Henry v. United Bank, 686 F. Supp. 3d (1st 2012)
  • Walonoski v. Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems, Inc., 2009 WL 562294 (D. Connecticut 2009)