Mintz is pleased to announce that Member and Founding Chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice Susan J. Cohen and Member and Chair of the Immigration Practice John F. Quill have been selected as 2020 Immigration Law Trailblazers by The National Law Journal. Both attorneys were profiled in a special supplement published on November 1.
Ms. Cohen is a nationally recognized immigration lawyer and Founding Chair of Mintz’s Immigration Practice. She has served in a variety of national leadership roles with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association, and she has contributed to federal and state immigration laws and regulations. Additionally, Ms. Cohen maintains a robust pro bono practice and has helped many immigrants to obtain asylum. She is frequently quoted in the media and serves as editor of Mintz’s Immigration Law blog.
In her Trailblazers profile, Ms. Cohen discussed how she came to found Mintz’s Immigration Practice, and some of her career accomplishments, including her ongoing role as co-counsel in a class action lawsuit in Massachusetts involving the right to constitutional bond hearings for detained immigrants. The Mintz pro bono team achieved a groundbreaking ruling in the case in November 2019, which led to the release of many detainees who were unjustly jailed, as well as significantly lower bond amounts. In addition, she addressed concerns surrounding due process in the United States, “Immigration courts operate differently than federal courts, and there’s a huge need to change those courts to be neutral fact-finders.” She added, “I will continue to work to ensure the system remains fair.”
Mr. Quill is a prominent business immigration attorney and Chair of Mintz’s Immigration Practice. Representing clients in a wide variety of industries, he draws on over two decades of experience to help companies and their employees obtain nonimmigrant visas. Mr. Quill has become a standout in the industry through his use of legal operations and technology to streamline practices and develop innovative solutions to challenging legal and case production issues. In addition to his legal practice, he is a frequent panelist at seminars on immigration topics, and regularly writes articles about business immigration.
In his Trailblazers profile, Mr. Quill discussed his innovative work to automate data transfer between business immigration clients and the firm in response to the U.S. government’s changes to immigration forms in 2018. He also addressed the impact of a potential presidential change on immigration policies, and separately, predicted technological advances allowing immigration lawyers to spend more time counseling clients and crafting legal arguments.
Led by Ms. Cohen and Mr. Quill, Mintz’s Immigration Practice consists of a specialized group of attorneys servicing the unique immigration needs of corporate and individual clients, from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 corporations, across industries. The Mintz immigration team is a go-to source for corporate clients, structuring innovative and effective solutions to their unique immigration challenges.