Robin E. McGuffin

Robin McGuffin is an attorney in the firm’s Lexington office. She is a member of the Torts & Insurance Practice Group and an affiliate member of the Employment Law Service Group.

After graduating first in her class from Vanderbilt University Law School, Robin was a law clerk for the Honorable John M. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She now handles a wide variety of litigation matters, including but not limited to product liability, toxic and mass torts, major accidents, contract disputes, and employment discrimination and retaliation claims. Through her employment practice, Robin also counsels clients on issues such as non-solicitation and non-compete agreements as well as employment policies and procedures.

Robin has experience at all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling to taking and defending depositions to drafting and arguing dispositive motions. Robin also devotes a substantial portion of her practice to appellate advocacy in both federal and state courts.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Defense Strategies for Winning on the Statute of Limitations

American Bar Association, Products Liability Litigation Newsletter, August 2019

Kentucky Enacts Medical Review Panel Law Regarding Malpractice Claims

Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
Firm Leadership

Ethics Committee, Member

Lexington Office Recruiting Committee, Member

Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Community Involvement

GreenHouse17, Board of Directors (2019-present)

I Care KY, Board of Directors (2019-present)

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Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit: Perfect Attendance Policies Must Not Disadvantage Employees Who Take FMLA Leave

Many employers have policies that reward perfect attendance in some fashion. A recent ruling from the Sixth Circuit makes clear that, in many cases, such policies must not consider leave taken pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) as something that “resets” the employee’s attendance streak.

by Ashley Owens Hopkins, and Robin E. McGuffin August 13, 2019
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Getting to $75,000 and One Penny: Sixth Circuit Disapproves of Plaintiffs' Evasion

Over the past decade, federal judges in Kentucky made known their growing preference for strictly construing the requirements for removal based on diversity jurisdiction. See, e.g., May v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 751 F. Supp.2d 94...
by Robin E. McGuffin, and John L. Tate November 19, 2018
Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit rules "tender back" doctrine inapplicable to Title VII and the Equal Pay Act

In a divided opinion, the Sixth Circuit recently ruled that the common law “tender back” doctrine is inconsistent with the remedial purposes of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”).

by Shannon Antle Hamilton, and Robin E. McGuffin August 21, 2018
Client Alerts

When Do Grown-Ups Get Snow Days? Reviewing the FLSA's Inclement Weather Rules

With severe winter weather pummeling much of the country, employers may be forced to delay opening their doors, close their doors early, or even close for days at a time.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton, and Robin E. McGuffin January 09, 2018
Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit Rules that Employers' Unenforced Policies Can Be the Basis for a Lawsuit

Employers have a new reason to review that dusty employee handbook that may have been left untouched for years. In Stein et al. v. hhgregg, Inc., et al., a divided Sixth Circuit ruled that an...
by Shannon Antle Hamilton, and Robin E. McGuffin October 17, 2017
Client Alerts

Leatt Corporation notches another product liability victory with help of Stites & Harbison, PLLC

A federal court in Indiana issued multiple rulings on September 14, 2017, excluding two of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses in a product liability lawsuit and granting summary judgment for the defendant, safety equipment manufacturer Leatt Corporation.

by Robin E. McGuffin, Bruce B. Paul, September 26, 2017
Client Alerts

Seventh Circuit Rules Title VII Prohibits Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation

In a landmark decision, the Seventh Circuit ruled on April 4 that Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation. Employers in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin should be...
by Robin E. McGuffin April 11, 2017
Client Alerts

Kentucky Enacts Medical Review Panel Law Regarding Malpractice Claims

On March 16, 2017, Governor Bevin signed into law a bill that requires medical malpractice plaintiffs to obtain an opinion from a panel of health care providers regarding the merits of their claims before filing...
by Dustyn B. Jones, and Robin E. McGuffin March 22, 2017
Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit Rules Kentucky’s Economic Loss Doctrine Inapplicable to Consumer Transactions

Last month, in State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Norcold, Inc., the Sixth Circuit predicted that the Kentucky Supreme Court would decline to extend the “economic loss rule” to consumer transactions. The rule prevents...
by Robin E. McGuffin, and John L. Tate March 06, 2017
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC adds three attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announces the addition of three new attorneys to the firm. Two of the attorneys are based in the Louisville, Ky., office and one is based in the Lexington, Ky., office...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 18, 2016