Feature Friday - Mohaimina "Mina" Haque - April 5, 2019

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Welcome to Feature Friday!

Today we have the great honor of introducing you to one of the members of our Healthcare Fraud & Compliance Interest Group,  Mohaimina "Mina" Haque. 

Mina Haque is the Founder and Principal Attorney at the Law Office of Mohaimina Haque, a one-stop shop modern general practice firm in Washington D.C. Mina advises and represents clients on a wide range of matters that include healthcare regulatory compliance matters, fraud and abuse issues, business, immigration and employment law. Previously, Mina served as an Honors Attorney in a federal agency headquarter in Washington D.C. Prior to law school, Mina worked in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, The White House, and in Capitol Hill at the offices of Senator Mark Warner and Senator Edward Kennedy. During her time in DOJ, she was awarded the Assistant Attorney General Award of Distinction. Mina is keenly interested in healthcare related qui tam actions under False Claims Act and hopes to widen her practice in this area of law. 

Mohaimina "Mina" Haque

Mohaimina "Mina" Haque

Q: What do you like about being a lawyer?

I love that, as an attorney, I am equipped with skills to detect the unfairness in our society and I have the ability to fight for justice and what’s right for my clients. As a lawyer, I am trained to ignore the erroneous and misleading information that is rampant in our society, rather as a lawyer I can guide and shepherd my clients, community and family away from the ills of the society. The ability to help others always give me more energy to take on any challenge and be a staunch advocate for those who need legal representation. No matter what type of case I handle, big or small, my determination to achieve a favorable outcome for my clients and my passion to fight for them always remind me constantly how lucky I am to be a lawyer.

Q: Why health law?

My interest in health law started when I was a first-year law student. During the second-semester of my law school, we were assigned to write a series of motions and finally an appellate brief dealing with Anti-Kickback Statute, False Claims Act and its applicability to healthcare providers. Through this assignment, I got an exposure to the nuances of healthcare law. It is the technical nature of the law that governs healthcare entities, which spurred my interest in health law. Further, I went on to take more healthcare related classes. For example, I took Healthcare Fraud and Abuse class and Healthcare Business Transaction class. Additionally, I spent the spring semester of my second year of law school prepping for a rigorous national health law regulatory and compliance competition. Through each activity I participated in health law, I realized that this is one area of law that I immensely enjoy and can completely immerse myself into developing and acquiring more skills and knowledge. In short, there is never a boring day when one is practicing health law.

Q: What is one piece of advice that was given to you and has stuck with you?

“Ask, don’t assume.” This is a piece of advice I received along with my cohorts in the White House during the Obama Administration on our first day of orientation. The beauty of this advice is it may seem very obvious on its face, yet in reality it’s difficult to practice asking question. Often times outcomes can go awry due to false assumptions.  Therefore, this advice rings in my ears when in doubt. 
Mina in London

Mina in London

Q: What three things would you want with you on a deserted island?

I am inclined to add people instead of things so I would say my husband, children and of course one thing: my phone (can’t resist the urge to be connected even on a deserted island).

Q: You’re going sail around the world, what’s the name of your boat?

I would name my boat “Lagniappe.”  I am a firm believer of little something extra whether it is little extra kindness or hard work. The word lagniappe captures the meaning of “little something extra” or “bonus” in one shot. Thus, even when sailing around the world, a boat called “Lagniappe” would be fitting because even for an explorer of the world there is always little something extra to explore.

Q: If you could visit any fictional land, what would it be and why? 

I would like to visit Arendelle (the name of the kingdom in Disney’s Frozen). Arendelle is supposed to be based on a Norwegian town of Arendal. I still remember when my older daughter Imaani and I went to watch Frozen, I was in awe of the scenic beauty of Arendelle. Few years later, we went to visit Norway and on the breathtaking scenic train journey from Oslo to Bergen, I kept looking outside to enjoy the Norwegian mountain plateaus, fjords, lakes, waterfalls and endless fields covered with snow, that were so reminiscent of Arendelle. 
Mina with her family in Turks and Caicos

Mina with her family in Turks and Caicos

Q: How do you define success?

I would define success as an achievement for someone to adapt to any kind of situations even if it’s failure.  Success follows from one’s determination, and ability to adapt. Therefore, the cumulative effect of dogged pursuit and smooth adaptability results in success.

Q: If you could have the power of teleportation right now, where would you go and why?

I am so happy in Washington D.C. It’s unimaginable for me to think of any place beyond D.C. even with the power of teleportation.

Q: What are three things on your bucket list?

I don’t like to put things on bucket list. Part of the reason is because I like fun activities and enjoy spur-of-the-moment adventures. We usually travel to many faraway places without much planning for short periods of time (even if it’s another continent for only two days). The excitement of these impromptu trips made me abandon the idea of a bucket list.

Q: If you could have any fictional job (one from a movie or a book), what would it be and why?

I would like to be Sherlock Holmes. When I was in grade school, I would read Sherlock Holmes and be fascinated with Sherlock’s power of observation and deduction of the most subtle cues. Recently, seeing Benedict Cumberbatch playing Sherlock on BBC took my fascination to a new level especially Sherlock’s “racing engine” mind. So many times, I wished to match Sherlock’s racing engine ability.
Mina and her husband, Attorney Ehteshamul Haque, recently served as judges at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Mina and her husband, Attorney Ehteshamul Haque, recently served as judges at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Q: Tell us about one of your proudest moments.

I graduated from law school three months after giving birth to my younger daughter. I had a high-risk pregnancy and suffered from pre-eclampsia. Throughout my pregnancy, I battled many health challenges, yet I was determined to graduate from law school on my anticipated graduation date. Walking across the stage to collect my diploma that bore a cum laude seal with my older daughter holding my hand and younger daughter comfortably cradled in my other arm, I felt that was one of my proudest moments. No matter how many unforeseen challenges presented in my path to pursue my law degree, I didn’t give up.

Q: How does the Health Law Section impact you?

The Health Law Section allows me to stay abreast of current trends and development.  The Health Law Section offers many educational opportunities. I am particularly interested in laws governing healthcare fraud and abuse. I believe events such as the Annual National Institute on Healthcare Fraud provides opportunities for healthcare attorneys to sharpen their skills and widen their knowledge base.

Q: Tell us about an embarrassing moment in your life.

Long time ago when I was 8-years old, I acted in an internationally acclaimed children’s movie in Bangladesh. This is an experience I am still not comfortable sharing with anyone because I had no wish to act in the movie and it happened due to my mother’s wish to expose me to many different activities in order for me to have a well-rounded childhood. My most embarrassing moment was when we were finalizing a scene and instead of saying my own dialogue, I started saying the dialogue of a fellow colleague who was sharing the set with me. Despite of many “cuts” due to my cold-feet and everyone’s best attempt to put me at ease, I couldn’t say my own dialogue and was saying what was assigned to another actor. Looking back, I still can hear the roar of laughter in the room, but I am sure while everyone may have found the collateral effect of my cold-feet amusing, I was utterly embarrassed.

Q: What do you like about being part of the Health Law Section?

The Health Law Section is a remarkable resource for attorneys. The conference, networking events and weekly newsletters and emails are invaluable, and it brings all of us together to learn, develop and evolve as an effective counselor. 
Mina in Paris

Mina in Paris

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Mina for her participation in Feature Friday

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