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
  • Multi-country and international surveys on employment laws and practices
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • 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

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

Co-Chair

Employment Law Section

South Asian Bar Association of North America

2020-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

Member

Inclusivity Advisory Committee

Pittsford Central School District

2018-2020

Treasurer, Delegate and Member, Board of Directors

Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys

2015-2020

Member, Board of Directors

Women’s Bar Association of New York

2015-2020

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

Recipient, President's Award

Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys

2019

Named, Forty Under 40

Rochester Business Journal

2017

Recipient, National Association of Women Judges Scholarship

2007

Recipient, Thurgood Marshall Award

2007

News, Analysis & Press

Now Is the Time for Post-COVID HR Audits

Rochester Business Journal

July 21, 2021

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

  • Charging Parties and Plaintiffs, Employment Discrimination Law Treatise, Ch. 25, contributor, 2021
  • Group Insurance, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Ch. 87, Vol. 8, contributing author, 2012

Speaking Engagements

Labor and Employment Law Panel: Wandering Worker in an Era of Remote Work

Rochester Business Journal Webinar

July 15, 2021

Law Focus First 100 Days in Labor and Employment Law

Rochester Business Journal Webinar

Febraury 22, 2021

Emerging Accessibility Issues Under Title III of the ADA

Genesee Valley Chapter of SHRM and the National Human Resource Association – Rochester Affiliate, Rochester, NY

February 12, 2020

Emerging Accessibility Issues Under Title III of the ADA

NHRA Legal Update

February 1, 2020

I Didn't Mean It Like That: Recognizing Implicit Bias and Curbing Microaggression

Monroe County Bar Association CLE

October 2, 2019

Conducting Lawful Investigations: Facing New Challenges, Refining Your Techniques, and Avoiding the Common Pitfalls

NYS Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Regional Conference, Albany, NY

September 22, 2019

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

Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center

May 14, 2019

None of Your Business? Discrimination and Leave Compliance Issues When Managing Employees with Substance Addictions

Fairport, NY

October 30, 2018

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