Cathy M. Stutin: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Cathy M. Stutin

Fort Lauderdale,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone(954) 847-4704

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act - ADA
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Civil Rights
  • Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants
  • Class Actions
  • Employment Compliance Audits and Counseling
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Litigation of Employment Disputes
University Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, B.A., summa cum laude, 1987
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL, J.D., magna cum laude, 1990
AdmittedFlorida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

Cathy is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar, where she served on the Executive Council from 1997 through 2004. Cathy was also the editor of the Labor and Employment Law Section's newsletter from 1995 through 1998.


Cathy Stutin is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office. She represents employers throughout the United States in state and federal courts, as well as before the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other state and federal agencies.

In her twenty five years of practice in management-side labor and employment law, Cathy has tried cases involving claims for sexual harassment, race, religious and disability discrimination, retaliation, and ERISA violations. In addition to civil litigation, Cathy handles arbitrations, restrictive covenant injunctions, appellate proceedings, and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.

A significant portion of her practice is also devoted to the implementation of preventive employee relations programs that include supervisory training and the development and administration of effective human resources policies and practices. Cathy was an Articles and Comments Editor for the University of Miami Law Review. She is the author of Comment, Arbitration and Selective Discipline of Union Officials After Metropolitan Edison, 44 U. Miami L. Rev. 443 (1989), and was selected by the National Association of Women Lawyers to receive the Outstanding Woman Law Student Award at the University of Miami.

Cathy is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She was recognized as a South Florida Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2008, and selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers since 2010. She was also included in the 2012 edition of South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers, presented by Legal Leaders.

Cathy Stutin was recognized in the 2014 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide as one of the “Top Lawyers” in South Florida.


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11th Circuit Ruling Could Be Setback for Workers in Wage Suits
August 15, 2011

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It's Time to Start Planning Your Summer
April 1, 2015

Reported CasesRepresentative Work: Eleventh Circuit Holds That Individuals May Not Be Sued For Retaliation Under ADA Job Bias Provisions; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that Loser Pays Attorneys' Fee Provision does not Render Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable; Reported Cases: Jenkins v. National Waterworks, Inc., 502 Fed.Appx. 830 (11th Cir. 12-20-2012); Hilb Rogal v. Grimmel, 48 So.3d 957 (Fla. App. 2010); Albra v. Advan, 490 F.3d 826 (11th Cir. 2007); Perez-Albela v. Hilb, Rogal & Hamilton of South Florida, 922 So.2d 222 (Fla. App. 2005); Musnick v. King Motor Co. of Fort Lauderdale, 325 F.3d 1255 (11th Cir. 2003); Boyd v. IKON Office Solutions, Inc., 743 So.2d 1152 (Fla. App. 1999); Grasso v. Massey-Yardley, Inc., 708 So.2d 688 (Fla. App. 1998); Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, 864 F. Supp. 1552 (S.D.Fla. 1994)

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It's Time to Start Planning Your Summer
Cathy M. Stutin, April 22, 2015
It is hard to believe that the 2014/15 school year is coming to a close. Summer projects beckon. So, what should be on the list for your summer (other than some vacation time)? Ideally, if you haven’t done it lately, you should take some time to review employee and student handbook policies...

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Cathy M. Stutin

450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301


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