Susan J. Cohen: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Susan J. Cohen


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Practice Areas

  • Immigration
  • Corporate Policies, I-9 Compliance & E-Verify Compliance
  • Employer-Sponsored Visas & Green Cards
  • Permanent Resident Status
  • Obtaining US Citizenship
  • Accomplished Individuals & Families
  • Temporary Visas
  • EB-5 Investment Visas
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Energy & Clean Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofits
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Sports, Arts & Entertainment
  • Technology, Communications & Media
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.4468
Fax: 617-542-2241
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University Brandeis University, B.A., 1980
Law SchoolBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1985
Admitted1985, Massachusetts; United States Supreme Court

Professional & Community Involvement
•Co-chair, Immigration Subcommittee, ABA International Law and Practice Section
•President, Board of Directors, Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project
•Past chair, Immigration Committee, Boston Bar Association International Section


Susan is the founder and Chair of the firm's Immigration Practice, which is composed of 12 attorneys and 18 immigration specialists and assistants who service the immigration needs of Mintz Levin's existing corporate and individual clients, and of new clients who choose the firm precisely for its knowledge in the field of immigration and nationality law.

Susan is actively involved in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has chaired and co-chaired a wide range of national AILA committees, including the National Planning Committee for AILA's Annual Immigration Law Conference. She also serves on the review board for AILA periodicals. Susan serves as the ABA's liaison to the Department of Labor on immigration-related issues. She is a frequent panelist at AILA, ABA, and other immigration-related conferences, and a contributor to AILA, ABA, and other immigration-related publications.

Susan was involved in contributing to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations implementing the Immigration Act of 1990, the Department of Labor regulations implementing changes to the H-1B visa category as a result of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998, and the Department of Labor PERM labor certification regulations issued in 2004.

Susan has won awards for her political asylum work from the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project, the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and Mintz Levin.

During law school, she served on the Cardozo Law Review.

Recognitions & Awards

•Recipient of the Irish International Immigrant Center's Solas Award (2014)
Chambers USA: Nationwide - Immigration (2013 - 2015)
•Recommended as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States for Labor and Employment: Immigration (2013-2014)
Chambers Global Guide: Immigration: Business
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Best Lawyers in America: Immigration Law (2007 - 2015)
•Named to the Short List for Corporate Immigration - USA by Finance Monthly (2014)
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Circle of Excellence Award (2013)
International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2002 - 2014)
Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Immigration (2004, 2008 - 2013)
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Women of Justice Award (2008)

Speaking Engagements

• Speaker, Cutting Edge Immigration Strategies, US Chamber of Commerce (05.01.2014)
• Panelist, Steps for Implementing the New Form I-9, Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (04.09.2013)
• Speaker, Expatriating Employees to the US: Understanding US Immigration Law, The Japan HR Society, Tokyo, Japan (03.15.2013)
• Speaker, U.S. Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups, and Established Companies, MIT Open Network Lab, Tokyo, Japan (03.14.2013)
• Speaker, Recent Developments in U.S. Immigration Law and Policy, MIT Alumni Club, Tokyo, Japan (03.13.2013)
• Chair, How to Navigate the US Visa Maze, Starting Operations in the US: How to Do It Right, Mintz Levin and Israel Advanced Technology Industries, Israel Liaison Office (03.27.2012)
• Speaker, Regulatory Aspects of Investments, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Distribution in the US by Indian Companies, US and India: Key Legal Aspects of Cross Border Business Conference, American Bar Association Section of International Law, Mumbai, Indian (01.20.2012)
• Speaker, Hot Topics in US Immigration Law: What Should Employers Expect in 2012?, Mintz Levin, New York, NY (11.15.2011)
• Speaker, Hot Topics in US Immigration Law: What Should Employers Expect in 2012?, Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (11.01.2011)
• Speaker, Creative Strategies for Prevailing Wage Determination (LCA/PERM), American Immigration Lawyers Association, Webinar (08.18.2011)
• Panelist, Practical Advice for Employment Growth while Complying with State & Federal Immigration Enforcement Initiatives, Practical Advice for Employment Growth while Complying with State & Federal Immigration Enforcement, Mintz Levin, Webinar (04.28.2011)
• Speaker, Dean's Speaker Series for Students, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY (03.28.2011)
• Speaker, Export Licenses: What You Need to Know for Compliance, Mintz Levin, Webinar (01.20.2011)
• Panelist, Fundamentals of Employment Law, 9th Annual Fundamentals of Employment Law, Sterling Educational Services, Inc., Boston, MA (11.17.2010)
• Moderator, Local Economics Meets Global Migration: A Global Review of Recent Restrictive Immigration Measures and Their Impact on Global Mobility, ABA Section on International Law Fall Meeting, American Bar Association (11.05.2010)
• Speaker, The Horses are Running - Prevailing Wage Issues, AILA 2010 PERM Conference: A Day at the Races, American Immigration Lawyers Association, New Orleans, LA (10.22.2010)
• Speaker, Maximizing Immigration Success: Cutting-Edge Strategies and Solutions to Recruit and Retain the Most Talented Workforce, Maximizing Immigration Success: Cutting-Edge Strategies and Solutions to Recruit and Retain the Most, Boston, MA (06.10.2010)
• Speaker, Hot Topics in US Corporate Immigration Law, Hot Topics in US Corporate Immigration Law (05.28.2010)


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DHS Halts Implementation of DACA Expansion and DAPA
Susan J. Cohen, March 30, 2015
The Obama administration announced on Tuesday, February 17th that it will comply with an injunction temporarily blocking its plan to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally, suspending applications for deferred action. The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)...

Department of Homeland Security Shutdown 2015: The Effect on Immigration Services
Susan J. Cohen,Kevin R. McNamara, March 30, 2015
The Senate remains at a stalemate over funding of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), with funding running out on Friday, February 27. A full budget was passed for the rest of the US government in December. However, the Congressional majority Republicans limited funding for...

Congress Passes Full Department of Homeland Security Funding Bill
Susan J. Cohen,Kevin R. McNamara, March 27, 2015
Late Tuesday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted 257-167 to fund the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) through September 30, 2015, covering the remainder of the fiscal year. A clean funding bill was passed by the Senate on Friday, February 27th, in a 68-31 bipartisan...

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