Susan J. Cohen

Member / Founding Chair, Immigration Practice vCard


  • 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 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 has also served on the review board for AILA periodicals and has served 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 also advised the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in drafting the legislation which resulted in the Massachusetts Global Entrepreneur in Residence (GEIR) program. 

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)
  • Named to the National Law Journal’s list of Immigration Trailblazers (2018)
  • The Global Business Magazine and the Professional Sector Network Global Awards: Immigration Adviser of the Year – Boston, USA (2018)
  • Chambers Global Guide: Immigration: Business (2015 – 2018)
  • International Advisory Experts Award: Immigration Lawyer of the Year in Massachusetts (2018)
  • Legal 500 Hall of Fame: Immigration (2018)
  • Lawyer Monthly – Women in Law Award: Immigration Law (2017)
  • JD Supra: Top Author, Reader’s Choice Awards – Immigration (2017)
  • Chambers USA: Nationwide – Immigration (2013 – 2018)
  • Finance Monthly Global Law Awards: Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year USA (2017 – 2018)
  • Recommended as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States for Labor and Employment: Immigration (2013 – 2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers in America: Immigration Law (2007 – 2018)
  • 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, 2016 – 2018)
  • 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
  • Frequent Guest Lecturer, MIT
  • Member, Immigration Editorial Advisory Board, Law 360
  • Past chair, Immigration Committee, Boston Bar Association International Section

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