Robin E. McGuffin

Robin McGuffin is a Member in the firm’s Lexington office. She is a member of the Business Litigation 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 focuses her practice on defending and counseling employers on a wide variety of employment matters. In addition to defending employers against litigation asserted under state and federal anti-discrimination and wage-and-hour statutes, 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.

Robin is also experienced in litigating non-compete and restrictive covenant disputes, trade secret misappropriation claims, and other complex business disputes. Robin additionally devotes a substantial portion of her practice to appellate advocacy in both federal and state courts.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Sixth Circuit Applies Updated Arbitration Waiver Standard

Unveiling the Impact: Notable Developments Shaping Restrictive Covenants

Webcast, The Knowledge Group, November 28, 2023

The FTC's Proposed Ban on Non-Competes: What Every Employer Needs to Know

Stites & Harbison and JPMorgan Chase seminar, September 26, 2023

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Becomes Law

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

Sixth Circuit: No Accommodation Without Documentation

Information You Need on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

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

Office of General Counsel, Ethics Subcommittee, Member

Lexington Office Recruiting Committee, Member

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

GreenHouse17, Board of Directors (2019-present); Secretary (2020-present)

Lexington Forum, Board of Directors (2022-25)

Leadership Lexington, Class of 2022-23


Best Lawyers in America®, Ones To Watch, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2022-24)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2024)

Mc Guffin Ones To Watch2024
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Client Alerts

FTC Issues Final Rule Banning Non-Compete Agreements; Legal Challenges Have Already Begun

On April 23, 2024, the FTC issued its final rule banning employers’ use of non-compete agreements. The rule is broad, applying nationwide and to all non-compete agreements, with a few narrow exceptions. The ban has not gone into effect—it’s scheduled to go into effect 120 days after being published in the Federal Register—and legal challenges have already been filed. Robin McGuffin and Zac Losey take a look at the new rule in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Robin E. McGuffin and Zachary Losey (Zac) April 25, 2024
Client Alerts

EEOC Issues Final Rule Implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) was enacted last year with the purpose of protecting pregnant workers from discrimination and providing them with a right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace. On April 15, 2024, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its Final Rule setting forth expansive regulations implementing the law. The Final Rule becomes effective June 18, 2024. Robin McGuffin and Harlee Havens take a look at what this means in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Robin E. McGuffin and Harlee P. Havens April 24, 2024
Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit Identifies “Dilemma,” but Not Solution for Calculating Workers’ Vehicle Expenses Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

In an opinion that raises as many questions as it answers, the Sixth Circuit foreclosed two methods of calculating how delivery drivers paid the minimum wage should be reimbursed for the costs associated with using their vehicles for work under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Rejecting both the drivers’ assertion that they should be reimbursed using the mileage rate published by the IRS, and the employers’ argument that drivers should receive a “reasonable approximation” of their costs, the Sixth Circuit held in two consolidated appeals in Parker v. Battle Creek Pizza, Inc., Nos. 22-2119, 22-3561, 2024 WL 1068871 (6th Cir. Mar. 12, 2024), that drivers’ actual costs must be reimbursed to avoid a minimum wage violation and remanded both cases to their respective district courts with little guidance as to how to calculate those costs. Robin McGuffin and Harlee Havens take a close look at the ruling in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.

by Robin E. McGuffin and Harlee P. Havens April 05, 2024
Client Alerts

Sixth Circuit Applies Updated Arbitration Waiver Standard

In a published opinion issued on March 27, 2024, the Sixth Circuit applied for the first time the waiver standard announced in the Supreme Court’s 2022 opinion, Morgan v. Sundance, Inc., 596 U.S. 411 (2022), in affirming the denial of a motion to compel arbitration due to the defendant’s extensive participation in the litigation.

by Robin E. McGuffin and Ashley Owens Hopkins April 04, 2024
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honors 49 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2024 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers® recently honored 49 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 35 attorneys to the Super Lawyers® list and 14 attorneys to the Rising Stars® list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 12, 2024

The FTC's Proposed Ban on Non-Competes: What Every Employer Needs to Know

Date: 9/26/23
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Stites & Harbison, PLLC, 400 West Market Street, Suite 1800, Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Join Stites & Harbison and JPMorgan Chase for this CLE seminar and reception.

Shannon Antle Hamilton and Robin E. McGuffin September 14, 2023
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2024 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 101 of its lawyers are included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 24, 2023
Client Alerts

Supreme Court: Employers Must Accommodate Employees’ Religious Practices Absent “Substantial” Increased Costs in Relation to the Conduct of the Business

Employment attorneys Robin McGuffin and Kyle Schroader take a look at the Supreme Court's decision on Title VII stating that employers must accommodate employee's religious practices.

by Robin E. McGuffin and Kyle S. Schroader July 05, 2023