Nihla focuses her practice on representing public and private sector employers in labor and employment law matters. She provides advice and counseling on all aspects of employer-employee relations from hire through separation. 

Nihla is experienced in a wide range of labor and employment matters related to arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, workplace investigations and audits, employment litigation and administrative proceedings before administrative agencies such as the New York State Department of Labor, New York State Division of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also counsels employers in areas of labor and employment including harassment and discrimination prevention, policy development, employee handbook reviews, equal employment opportunity and reasonable accommodation compliance, management training, unemployment insurance matters, wage and hour compliance and workplace investigations.

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  • Society of Human Resources Management, Senior Certified Professional- SHRM-SCP
  • Human Resources Certification Institute, Senior Professional Human Resources Certification – SPHR

  • Listed in:
    • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch®, Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2023
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Sri Lanka Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Capital Region Human Resources Association
  • Ambalavanar Gold Medal for Tax Law
  • Law Journal, Sri Lanka Law College
  • Henry J Folsom Award – Best Research Paper
  • Kathryn Katz, Kate Stoneman Student Award

  • Pay Transparency, New York State Capital Region Chapter of the American Payroll Association, February 16, 2023
  • Women On The Move 2022 - Aftershocks: Implications of the Dobbs Decision, NYS Bar Association, October 20, 2022

  • "New NY State Bar Diversity Co-Chair On Plans For The Role," Law360, July 27, 2022
  • "OSHA Released COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rule for Health-Care Employers," Central New York Business Journal, July 8, 2021
  • “Managing for Results in Six States: Progress in Over a Decade Demonstrates That Leadership Matters” (with Dr. Maria Aristigueta) Public Performance & Management Review, (Vol. 35, No. 1, September 2011) 
  • Legal Education in the 21st Century – A Law Student’s Perspective (presented at the Commonwealth Law Education Association conference) 

  • Former Treasurer and Board Member, Capital Region Human Resources Association (CRHRA)
  • Capital Region HR Leadership Program graduate
  • Speaker at Albany Business Leader Emerging Group and the UAlbany MBA Program 
  • Speaker at a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Agency event
  • Co-Steward, JazzySun Birthdays (A volunteer project providing birthday parties for homeless and economically disadvantaged children)