Overview

Hinna Upal provides practical solutions and strategic guidance to multinational employers on a wide range of international employment and compliance concerns and in litigation. Her competencies cover a range of workplace topics, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and accommodations 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. She also guides employers on the intricacies associated with employment in multiple nations and the difficulties associated with conflicting jurisdictional obligations including in such areas as:

  • Workplace ethics and compliance
  • Global mobility programs and expatriate workforces, including advice on the relevant guidelines and practices as well as the benefits and limitations associated with secondments, independent contractors, and localization structures
  • Multi-country and international surveys on employment laws and practices
  • Global codes of conduct and international policies
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Human resources
  • The employment cycle including applications, interviewing, hiring, discipline, promotions, demotions, recordkeeping and terminations
  • Executive employment and severance agreements, compensation, and negotiation

Hinna’s recent litigation accomplishments include the following:

  • Secured a significant victory for a Fortune 500 telecom company by winning a Motion for Summary Judgment on all counts in a single plaintiff discrimination matter
  • Successfully moved for monetary sanctions on behalf of a national retailer in a contentious discovery battle involving discrimination claims under the ADEA with class allegations

Before joining Littler, Hinna was the deputy general counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 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.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Inclusivity Advisory Committee

Pittsford Central School District

Treasurer, Delegate and Member, Board of Directors

Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys

2015-present

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

Assistant Coach

FIRST Lego League

2014-2015

Recognition

Named, Forty Under 40

Rochester Business Journal

2017

Recipient, National Association of Women Judges Scholarship

2007

Recipient, Thurgood Marshall Award

2007

News, Analysis & Press

When Fear Clouds Reality: Hinna Mirza Upal '07 on the Complexity of Responding to Islamophobia

RWU Law: The Magazine of Roger Williams University School of Law

Issue 9, 2016

A Stronger Defense Against Trade Secret Theft

Rochester Business Journal

June 17, 2016

Books & Book Chapters

  • Group Insurance, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Ch. 87, Vol. 8, contributing author, 2012

Speaking Engagements

Live in Color, A Diverse Wo(Mens)'s Conference

Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center

May 14, 2019

Employment Law Legal Update

Monroe County Job Service Employer Committee Seminar, Rochester, NY

October 24, 2018
Update Your Status: Current Legal Risks Related to Social Media in the Workplace

Fairport, NY

March 28, 2017
Hot Topics for New York Employers

Fairport, NY

November 1, 2016

Education

  • J.D., Roger Williams University School of Law, 2007magna cum laude
  • B.A., Queen’s University, 2002First Class Honors

Bar Admission

Massachusetts
New York

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit