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  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • Appellate Division Fourth Department, U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

B.A., Utica College

J.D., magna cum laude, University at Buffalo School of Law

Emina counsels public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. She represents employers in arbitration proceedings and before the State Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and federal and state courts, and has worked on cases before the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, and federal and state Departments of Labor. Emina also counsels employers regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, federal and state wage and hour laws, worker misclassification issues, discrimination laws, workplace policies and handbooks, discipline and discharge, union avoidance, and unemployment insurance.

Emina also counsels public school districts, including charter schools, with respect to federal and state laws affecting educational institutions. Emina’s experience includes counseling clients regarding special education laws, provision of services for students with disabilities, student residency and tuition, transportation and discipline of students, teacher seniority and layoff procedures, discipline and removal of certified and non-certified employees, anti-bullying policies, assessment and collection of taxes, compliance with student immunization requirements, election of school board members, Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPRs), and student instruction and curricula. She has drafted school policies and procedures, conducted investigations of allegations of abuse or misconduct, reviewed superintendents' employment contracts, and worked on matters involving the powers and duties of boards of education and school superintendents. Emina also works on grievance arbitrations and proceedings before the New York State Department of Education and other state and federal agencies.

Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Emina was an appellate court attorney with the Appellate Division Fourth Judicial Department. Emina is fluent in Serbo-Croatian.


  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015 - 2017



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Emina contributed to both the archived Hodgson Russ SchoolNET blog and archived Employers' Advisor blog. Her entries can be found on the Publications page.

Professional Associations

  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
  • New York State Human Resources Association
  • Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association
  • New York State Association of Health Care Providers
  • New York State Health Facilities Association
  • New York State Association of School Attorneys
  • Bar Association of Erie County

  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York

Community & Pro Bono

  • Community Music School, vice president board of trustees
  • International Institute of Buffalo board of directors