Shaughnessy, Robin G.

Robin G. Shaughnessy

Senior Counsel



Robin Shaughnessy represents employers in state and federal court cases involving employment discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, employment torts and unfair competition. In one case, Robin defended a large credit card company in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit under Title VII and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. She also represents clients in independent contractor compliance and misclassification claims. Robin has extensive experience litigating and advising clients in matters involving a variety of employment issues, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, WARN and OFCCP matters. In addition, she has advised and assisted several clients involved in nationwide reductions in force.

Robin is well versed in the numerous issues stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak, such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), stay-at-home and related orders, and all of their impacts on employers, employees and independent contractors, including critical infrastructure and essential services determinations, paid and unpaid leave, layoffs, pay reductions, reduced hours, furloughs, downsizings, expanded unemployment, and their interaction with numerous local, state and federal laws and regulations. Many of these issues have significant interactions with employee benefits, tax, Small Business Administration, and other issues, where we collaborate closely with our colleagues experienced in those practice areas.

Representative Experience

  • Defend large credit card company in a race, national origin and retaliation lawsuit under Title VII and the TCHRA.
  • Represent nationwide janitorial and building maintenance company in obtaining temporary restraining order against former employee and his new employer for misappropriation of confidential information and breach of his non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
  • Represent national pet products manufacturer in defending against a threatened temporary injunction related to the hiring of an executive.
  • Represent employers in mediations before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Commission on Human Rights
  • Represent employers in arbitrations related to employment and labor disputes
  • Prepare briefs in support of company position in connection with union arbitrations of employee grievances
  • Prepare and review employment agreements, employee handbooks separation agreements and releases for numerous clients

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law - Management (2015-2021)
  • Named, Rising Star, Texas Monthly Magazine (Employment Law) (2011-2014)

Community Leadership

  • Member, Board of Directors, Animal Rescue of Texas, Inc.