Susan J. Cohen

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  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD, 1985)
  • Brandeis University (BA, 1980)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Spanish

Susan is the founder and Chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice, which is composed of nine attorneys and 15 immigration specialists and assistants who service the immigration needs both 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. Mintz Levin also is committed to handling political asylum cases, most of which are taken on a pro bono basis.

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)
  • Recommended as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States for Labor and Employment: Immigration (2013-2014)
  • 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)
  • Chambers Global Guide: Immigration: Business
  • Chambers USA: Nationwide – Immigration (2013 – 2014)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Immigration (2004, 2008 – 2013)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Women of Justice Award (2008) 

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