Robert R. Baugh

Robert R. Baugh: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C. AV stamp icon
  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (112 Attorneys)
  • 2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727, Birmingham, AL 35205
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Robert heads the Litigation Practice Group , where he represents clients in insurance, business, and product liability cases in both state and federal courts. He is also a member of our Alternative Disputes Resolution Practice Group . Robert counsels businesses on intellectual property matters and labor and employment law. His litigation work has been recognized by Chambers USA in 2013 and 2014, as well as by The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation from 2008 to 2018 and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants from 2011 to 2018. In addition to his litigation practice, Robert regularly serves as a mediator.

Why did you become an attorney?

Several relatives and close family friends were lawyers. They set excellent examples and encouraged me to apply to law school.

What is the best part of your job?

Helping people solve problems. I find it very satisfying to be trusted by clients when they are dealing with serious issues. Practicing law has given me the opportunity to counsel clients and provide guidance when they are dealing with tough emotional and economic problems.

Who has inspired you in your career?

Growing up in Decatur, I looked up to many lawyers and judges. They provided examples of how lawyers can play a central role in the community. Having been active in the Birmingham Bar, I am inspired by the work that lawyers and judges do every day. Whether it is through youth sports, non-profits, or charities, you will find lawyers helping people every day. They make me proud to be a lawyer and are outstanding role models for young people.

What are you most proud of in your practice?

Some of my most satisfying work has involved helping several individuals and non-profits that were dealing with really difficult problems. We were able to obtain satisfactory results for them, regardless of their ability to pay for the time that was required to handle their cases. I have made lifelong friends as a result of these relationships. I think it is important for lawyers to give back. Invariably, I receive far more in return as a result helping clients who are less fortunate.

What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?

1) Listen. I want to make sure that I understand the client’s goals.

2) Work hard. I want to diligently pursue all the facts and law that will help us win the case.

3) Offer sound advice. I try to help clients understand the ups and downs to the many decisions that have to be made during the course of a case. At the end of the day, I want to provide the client with all of the information that is necessary to decide how to proceed with any case.

Awards and Accreditations

The Best Lawyers in America
•Chambers USA
•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Mid-South Super Lawyers


The Best Lawyers in America

•Bet-the-Company Litigation (2018-2019)
•Commercial Litigation (2008-2019)
•Personal Injury Litigation - Defendant (2011-2019)
•Chambers USA
•Litigation (2013-2018)
•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

•Mid-South Super Lawyers

•Business Litigation (2008-2017)
•Birmingham Legal Secretaries Association, Lawyer of the Year (2013)
Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney

•Business Litigation (2009)

Thought Leadership

•Participated in numerous trials in both state and federal courts

•Reported Opinions:

Ambler, LLC v. National Sur. Corp., 2014 WL 6608035 (N.D. Ala. 2014)

Auburn University v. Moody, 2008 WL 5214594 (M.D. Ala. 2008)

BriovaRx, LLC v. Transcript Pharmacy, Inc., 163 So.3d 311 (Miss. Ct. App. 2015)

Burke v. General Motors Corp., 2007 WL 625639 (11th Cir. 2007)

Butler v. Town of Argo, 871 So.2d (Ala. 2003)

Edwards v. Moore, 699 So.2d 220 (Ala. Civ. App. 1997)

Ehrhardt v. Haddad Restaurant Group, Inc., 2011 WL 4928707 (11th Cir. 2011)

•Ex parte General Motors Corp., 769 So.2d 903 (Ala. 1999)

Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. Illinois Nat. Ins. Co., 2015 WL 1198079 (S.D. Miss. 2015)

Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. Merritt, WL 9390944 (N.D. Ga. 2008)

Insurasource, Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., 2012 WL 1365083 (S.D. Miss. 2012)

Interstate Fire & Cas. Co. v. Abernathy, 93 So.3d 352 (1st Dist. Fla. 2012)

Killinger v. Samford University, 113 F.3d 196 (11th Cir. 1997)

Maciasz v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., 988 So.2d 991 (Ala. 2008)

Medalogix, LLC v. Alacare Home Health Services, Inc., 2015 WL 6158026 (M.D. Tenn. 2015)

Nihon Rufuto Co., Ltd. v. Nidek Medical Products, Inc., 2011 WL 3505211 (11th Cir. 2011)

Robbins v. Day, 954 F.2d 679 (N.D. Ala. 1992)

Rose v. General Motors Corp., 323 F.Supp.2d 1244 (N.D. Ala. 2004)

Scott v. Bentley, 2015 WL 92229 (N.D. Ga. 2015)

United States v. Vernon, 723 F.3d 1234 (11th Cir. 2013)

Verchot v. General Motors Corp., 812 So.2d 296 (Ala. 2001)

Outside the Office

•Birmingham YMCA
•Member, Board of Directors
•Kiwanis Club - Downtown
•Newcomen Society


•Ten Sirote Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2015
•Sirote Attorneys Selected for 2015 Chambers USA
•Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Thomas A. Woodall Appointed by Sirote & Permutt to Head its Mediation and Arbitration Practice Group
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015
•Sirote & Permutt Named One of Birmingham's Top 10 Litigation Firms by the BBJ
•Sirote Attorneys Make 2014 Chambers USA Leading Lawyer List
•Robert Baugh Selected by Alabama Super Lawyers Magazine as Top 50 Lawyer
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
•Robert Baugh Elected “Lawyer of the Year” by BLSA
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
•Two Sirote Attorneys Selected as Top 50 Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
•Seven Sirote Attorneys Selected for 2013 Chambers USA List of the Best
•Sirote & Permutt Attorney Robert Baugh is Inducted as A fellow of The Alabama Law Foundation
•Sirote Attorneys Inducted As Fellows of The Birmingham Bar Foundation
•Sirote & Permutt Attorney Robert Baugh Elected as the 2013 President of the Birmingham Bar Association
•Sirote's Robert Baugh Cited in BBJ Legal Issues Article
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013
•Sirote & Permutt Attorney Robert Baugh Selected as Alabama Top 50 Super Lawyers 2012
•Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011
•31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers
•Publication Recognizes 20 From Sirote As Super Lawyers
•Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys
•Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009
•Fourteen Sirote Lawyers Named to Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice (16)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Health Care
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Financial Products & Services Litigation
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Products Liability
  • Consumer & Retail
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Financial Institutions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-930-5307  Phone
(205) 212-3860  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.S., 1979
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama, J.D., 1982
Year of First Admission:
Alabama; Georgia; Mississippi; Tennessee


•Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
•Alabama Law Foundation
•Alabama State Bar
•American Bar Association
•American Bar Foundation
•Birmingham Bar Association
•President (2013)
•Birmingham Bar Foundation
•Birmingham Inns of Court
•Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•International Association of Defense Counsel
•Leadership Birmingham (2013-2014)
•Litigation Counsel of America
•The Mississippi Bar Association
•The Georgia Bar Associaton
•The Tennessee Bar Association

Birth Information:
Decatur, Alabama, October 30, 1956
Reported Cases:
Recent Matters: United States v. Jeff Vernon , 723 F.3d 1234 (11th Cir. 2013); Co-counsel for Defendant in the trial of a white collar criminal Anti-Kickback Statute case. The case was tried to verdict after two week trial in federal court in Southern District of Alabama.; Interstate Fire & Cas. Co. v. Abernath y, 93 So.3d 352 (Fla. 1st Dist. 2012); pet. for review denied 114 So. 3d 932 (Sup. Ct. Fla. 2013).; Nihon Rufuto Co., Ltd. V. Nidek Medical Products, Inc ., 437 Fed.Appx. 782 (11th Cir. 2011); Lead counsel in the defense of a business dispute alleging breach of contract brought by a Japanese company against an Alabama manufacturer of oxygen concentrators. Summary judgment was obtained at the trial court and this decision was affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit; Auburn University v. Moody , 2008 WL 5214594 (M.D. Ala. 2008); Lead counsel for Auburn University and obtained injunctive relief against an infringer of the Auburn trademarks. After a full Preliminary Injunction hearing, the trial court entered an injunction in favor of Auburn University.; Fireman's Fund Ins. Co. v. Merritt , 2008 WL 9390944 (N.D. Ga. 2008); Lead counsel for Fireman's Fund in this case which arose out of a serious personal injury action. Initially, a judgment was entered in the Georgia state court in excess of $14.6 Million Dollars. Case was settled favorably after we removed the case to federal court and challenged the judgment.; Maciasz v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co ., 988 So.2d 991 (Ala. 2008); Lead counsel for Fireman's Fund where a consent judgment was entered in favor of the plaintiffs in the amount of $1,500,000. In the subsequent trial to determine if the Fireman's Fund policy provided coverage for this accident, summary judgment was obtained in favor of Fireman's Fund. The summary judgment was affirmed on appeal by the Alabama Supreme Court.; Rose v. General Motors Corp ., 323 F.Supp.2d 1244 (N.D. Ala. 2004); Summary judgment obtained on behalf of General Motors.; Butler v. Town of Argo , 871 So.2d (Ala. 2003); Lead counsel for the Mayor of Argo in a suit for defamation and invasion of privacy. The case tried for two weeks before a jury in Jefferson County. We obtained a defense verdict for the Mayor.; Verchot v. General Motors Corp ., 812 So.2d 296 (Ala. 2001); Lead counsel for General Motors in products liability case where multiple plaintiffs suffered severe injuries in an accident. We obtained summary judgment in the trial court and the judgment was affirmed for GM by the Alabama Supreme Court. A very favorable opinion was issued by the Supreme Court which limits the use by plaintiffs of evidence of other accidents at trial.; Ex parte General Motors Corp ., 769 So.2d 903 (Ala. 1999); Defense of a breach of warranty case for GM that was appealed to the Court of Civil Appeals and Alabama Supreme Court.; Killinger v. Samford University , 113 F.3d 196 (11th Cir. 1997); Suit on behalf of a professor against University based upon claims of discrimination based upon viewpoint of professor.; Robbins v. Day , 954 F.2d 679 (N.D. Ala. 1992); Defense of stockbroker in suit for alleged mishandling of investments in account.

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (11 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 04/15/14 in Defense Litigation

    Exceptional lawyer. Very involved in Birmigham Bar Association and civic events. Well liked and incredibly fair minded in practicing law.

    Exceptional lawyer. Very involved in Birmigham Bar Association and civic events. Well liked and incredibly fair minded in practicing law. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Of Counsel on 04/09/14 in Civil Litigation

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