About Poricanin Law
Poricanin Law was founded to provide excellent, timely, and focused consulting and legal services for clients in niche industries. The attorneys and consultants at Poricanin firmly believe that efficient and effective legal counsel can only be provided by subject matter experts who regularly practice in their clients’ industry. Poricanin focuses on servicing clients on legal and business matters in industries where it has deep experience and knowledge, ensuring that clients are able to advance their specific and unique business and legal goals, always and in all ways.
Ms. Emina Poricanin’s Profile
Ms. Poricanin has been practicing exclusively in the areas of healthcare and employment laws for more than a decade. In addition to leading a busy law practice and a team of attorneys and consultants, Ms. Poricanin is the author of The Employment Law Manual for New York Employers, a host of the weekly Home Care Forum podcast, a frequent speaker at Statewide conferences on healthcare and employment law issues, and the founder of Forework LLC, an employment technologies company. Ms. Poricanin has two children and resides in the Capital Region with her husband. She is a proud “swim mom.”
Emina counsels healthcare entities with respect to all legal matters, from formation to dissolution, through bet-the-company litigation, and with day-to-day business challenges and legislative advocacy. For entrepreneurs or newcomers into the healthcare space, Emina serves as a legal and business advisor, assisting companies in identifying fertile markets and opportunities, obtaining licensure from federal or State government authorities, and navigating the regulatory establishment process. With respect to existing and operational healthcare entities, Emina serves as the chief legal counsel for such clients, providing counsel concerning daily operational challenges, litigation and government audits, human resources and personnel issues, corporate governance and regulatory compliance requirements, government advocacy, contract drafting and negotiations, dispute resolution, immigration, and any other legal matter that may arise.
Emina has served as the general counsel for the New York Association of Health Care Providers (“HCP”), one of New York’s premier home health care advocacy associations.
Emina was also one of the leading attorneys in the litigation challenging New York courts’ decisions regarding compensation for aides working on 24-hour shifts. The legal issue was resolved successfully, in favor of home care providers, after several years of contentious litigation.
HUMAN RESOURCES AND EMPLOYMENT LAW EXPERIENCE
Prior to founding her law firm, Emina was an equity partner in the Labor and Employment division of a 200-year old AmLaw200 international law firm. In that role, Emina focused her legal practice on advising business owners, board members, human resources professionals, and other executives concerning all aspects of federal and State labor and employment laws. Emina provided counsel regarding compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, the New York Paid Family Leave Law, New York City Safe and Sick Leave Law, New York Human Rights Law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, New York Labor Law, National Labor Relations Act, federal and state wage and hour laws, worker misclassification, discrimination laws, workplace policies and handbooks, payment practices, discipline and discharge, union avoidance, unemployment insurance and disputes, and workers’ compensation. Emina also represented employers in proceedings before the New York State Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, federal and state Departments of Labor, and in federal and state courts.
Emina is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), a designation awarded to human resources professionals who have demonstrated mastery of technical and operational aspects of human resources management.
EDUCATION SECTOR EXPERIENCE
Emina provides public and private, primary and secondary educational institutions with general counsel services, including compliance with labor and employment laws, employee grievance and arbitrations, litigation defense and support, Board governance (including, for publicly funded schools, compliance with Freedom of Information Law requests and Open Meetings Law,), student privacy rights, academic affairs, contract management, student and residential life, disability accommodations and resolution of special education disputes, student athletics and NCAA compliance, and institutional advancement.
LITIGATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE
Emina has years of experience representing businesses in commercial and employment disputes, class action wage and hour litigation in federal and state court, grievance arbitrations, audits before the New York Attorney General, Office of Medicaid Inspector General and the Labor Bureau, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, Office of Medicaid Inspector General, New York Department of Health, New York and United States Departments of Labor, New York and New York City Division of Human Rights, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Prior to entering private practice, Emina was a court attorney for the New York Appellate Division, Fourth Department. In that role, Emina’s primary responsibility was reviewing and analyzing cases that were on appeal from trial courts and providing recommendations on dispositions of those appeals.
EDUCATION AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Emina graduated from Syracuse University, Utica College, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Emina then worked as a vocational counselor for a large human services agency in New York, in a Medicaid-funded program, assisting adults with disabilities with respect to vocational planning and required plans of care.
Emina graduated magna cum laude from State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law. While in law school, Emina was on the health law committee, a law journal, and moot court. During her last year of law school, Emina worked for the legal department of a large multi-State fuel company, assisting attorneys in the legal department with various compliance and risk mitigation matters.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- Women Presidents Organization
- Home Care Association of America
- New York Health Care Providers Association
- New York Home Care Association
- American Health Lawyers Association
- Society of Human Resources Professionals
- New York State Society of CPAs
- Capital Region, Chamber of Commerce
- New York Hospitality and Restaurant Association
- New York State Women’s Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Delmar Dolfins Swim Team, Board Member
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Super Lawyer, in Labor and Employment, Thompson Reuters Annual Attorney Awards
- Home Health Care News, Rising Leaders” recognition
- New York Health Care Providers’ Business Associate Member of the Year
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York