Robin E. McGuffin
Robin McGuffin is a Member in the firm’s Lexington office. She is a member of the Torts & Insurance Practice Group and 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 defends companies in a wide variety of litigations, including but not limited to complex business disputes, non-compete and trade secret claims, employment discrimination and retaliation claims, product liability, and major accidents. Robin also devotes a substantial portion of her practice to appellate advocacy in both federal and state courts.
Robin is well versed in all areas of employment law. In addition to defending employers against claims asserted under statutes such as Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, Robin regularly conducts workplace investigations, counsels employers on compliance issues, drafts employment and restrictive covenant agreements, and assists with drafting and implementing employment policies and procedures.
Supreme Court Rejects OSHA Vaccine Mandate on Private Employers – Allows CMS Healthcare Mandate for Facilities Receiving Medicare/Medicaid Funds
Managing Employees During a Pandemic
Panel Member, Lexington Forum, October 7, 2021
Institutional Racism in Legal Systems: Criminal Justice, Employment & Housing: Part 2 - Understanding the Impact of Race in Employment
Moderator, presented by National Bar Association, John Rowe Chapter and Fayette County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, September 10, 2020
When Furloughs Become Permanent Layoffs: An Employer’s Ongoing Obligations Under the WARN Act in the Time of COVID-19
Defense Strategies for Winning on the Statute of Limitations
American Bar Association, Products Liability Litigation Newsletter, August 2019
Counsel to a major manufacturer of respiratory protection products in serial litigation
Successfully represented multiple employers in discrimination and retaliation suits in state and federal court under statutes such as Title VII, the FMLA, the FLSA, the ADA, the ADEA, and the Kentucky Civil Rights Act
Received published opinion in the Kentucky Court of Appeals affirming grant of summary judgment to pharmaceutical drug manufacturer
Counsel for an independent institutional investment consultant in defense of derivative, taxpayer, and Attorney General claims asserted on behalf of a public pension system
Counsel to a provider of remediation services in a multi-plaintiff toxic tort case following a natural gas release
Both obtained and successfully defended against grants of injunctive relief seeking enforcement of restrictive covenants
Office of General Counsel, Ethics Subcommittee, Member
Lexington Office Recruiting Committee, Member
GreenHouse17, Board of Directors (2019-present); Secretary (2020-present)
Lexington Forum, Board of Directors (2022-25)
Leadership Lexington, Class of 2022-23
Vanderbilt University Law School
Founder's Medal for First Honors
Vanderbilt Law Review, Articles Editor
Order of the Coif
2014-15 Moot Court Board, Executive Problem Editor
Robert F. Jackson Memorial Prize; Archie B. Martin Memorial Prize
2013-14 Bass, Berry & Sims Intramural Moot Court Competition, winner
Thomas R. McCoy Scholarship
Awarded 10 Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Awards
summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Outstanding Student in Community Leadership & Development
VIBE Hip-Hop Dance Co.
Alternative Spring Break
Alpha Chi Omega Sorority
Study Abroad Program: Berlin, Germany, Summer 2010
Best Lawyers in America®, Ones To Watch, Litigation - Labor and Employment (2022-23)
Sixth Circuit Heightens Standard for Sending Notices in FLSA Collective Actions
The Sixth Circuit has significantly altered the way in which Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions are to be litigated in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan. Attorneys Kyle Schroeder and Robin McGuffin take a look at those changes in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
Navigating the Uncertainty of Nuclear Jury Verdicts and the FTC's Proposed Non-Compete Ban: What You Need to Know Now!
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Castle & Key Distillery, 4445 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, KY 40601
Please join the attorneys of Stites & Harbison on June 6th at Castle & Key Distillery as they discuss critical matters currently impacting employers.
Stites & Harbison Promotes Seven Attorneys
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced today that seven attorneys have been promoted: five to Member (Partner) and two to Counsel. The promotions are effective January 2023.
FTC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Ban Employee Non-Compete Agreements
In a move sending shockwaves through the business world, on January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) proposed a new rule that would ban employers from entering into non-compete agreements with their workers and invalidate existing non-compete agreements. The FTC will be accepting comments on the proposed rule for the next 60 days.
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Becomes Law
In addition to funding the federal government, the recently passed $1.7 trillion government funding package included passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”). Employment law attorney Robin McGuffin takes a look at what this means to employers.
Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2023 Best Lawyers® Publications
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 98 of its lawyers are included in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Additionally, 11 Stites & Harbison attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 19 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.
Robin McGuffin Selected for Leadership Lexington’s Class of 2022-23
LEXINGTON, Ky.—Leadership Lexington has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Robin McGuffin as a member of the 2022-23 Leadership Lexington program.
Robin McGuffin Elected to the Lexington Forum’s Board of Directors
LEXINGTON, Ky. —The Lexington Forum has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Robin McGuffin to its Board of Directors. She will serve a three-year term.