Hinna provides practical solutions and strategic guidance for management-side clients who confront labor and employment concerns. Her competencies cover a range of workplace topics, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and employee benefits plans at the state and federal levels and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the New York State Division of Human Rights.
Hinna’s recent litigation and counseling accomplishments include the following:
- Successfully blocked a plaintiff’s appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals of an adverse decision on retaliation and discrimination claims by the Department of Labor’s Benefits Review Board. The Fifth Circuit agreed that it lacked standing and jurisdiction in this matter.
- Achieved a favorable ruling in arbitration on behalf of a national restaurant chain that was sued for religious discrimination by a former employee.
- Counseled and guided a national banking client by creating a complex matrix analyzing legality and enforceability of more than one dozen incentive compensation agreements in 20 different states.
Contributing her talents to a pro bono cause, Hinna advocated on behalf of a Rwandan man who in 2012 was seeking political asylum in the United States. She worked with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project and presented the man’s case at a federal hearing. Eventually, he was granted asylum.
Before joining Littler, Hinna was the deputy general counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. While at the EEA, she provided legal counsel to the secretary, the governor’s legal office and senior staff in developing and implementing the commonwealth’s energy policies and programs and in establishing legislative priorities.
She also served as a law clerk to the Hon. William E. Smith, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and Justice Francis X. Flaherty, Rhode Island Supreme Court.
Aside from her practice, Hinna is actively engaged in the Rochester Muslim community and serves on the boards of various professional and civic organizations. She was an instructor of federal practice and procedure at Roger Williams University School of Law.
- J.D., Roger Williams University School of Law, 2007
- B.A., Queen’s University, 2002
- U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
Professional & Community Affiliations :
- Member, Board of Directors, Women’s Bar Association of New York, 2015-present
- Member, Board of Directors, Roger Williams University School of Law, May 2014 – present, Degree and Tenure Committee, May 2014-present; Alumni Affairs Committee, May 2014-present; Admissions and Marketing Committee, May 2014-present
- Secretary and Member, United Nations Association of Rochester, 2016-2017
- President, South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, 2014-2015, Vice President, 2013-2014; Secretary, 2012-2013; Membership Chair, 2011-2012
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