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Mark I. Cohen

Mark I. Cohen began his legal career in 1985 as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Honorable Mario Merola, Bronx County District Attorney, where he served as a trial attorney in the White Collar Crime, Rackets and Investigation Division.

Thereafter, Mr. Cohen was an associate attorney with Mound Cotton & Wollan, a prestigious litigation firm in Manhattan where he handled a variety of complex fraud matters and defended international corporations and criminal defendants.

In late 1990, Mr. Cohen left Mound Cotton & Wollan to start the Law Office of Mark I. Cohen, his own Criminal Defense practice in Manhattan. By 1995, Mr. Cohen became a member of Cohen, Frankel & Ruggiero, LLP, a boutique Criminal Defense and Real Estate firm, and since then has been in partnership with Peter M. Frankel, Esq. and Louis J. Ruggiero, Esq.

Since 1990 Mr. Cohen has maintained offices at 20 Vesey Street outside the World Trade Center in Manhattan’s financial district. He handles criminal and corporate investigations and criminal litigation in the United States District Courts and New York State Courts. He also represents clients in administrative litigation proceedings against a variety of United States, New York State and New York City agencies. Mr. Cohen is fluent in Spanish.

Professional Development:


  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • State University of New York at Binghamton


  • Juris Doctor
  • Hofstra University


  • Admitted to practice in New York State


  • Admitted to practice in United States District Courts
  • Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


  • American Bar Association, 1986 – Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 1991 – Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 1991 – Present
  • New York State Bar Association, 1991 – Present
  • New York City Criminal Bar Association, 1991 – Present
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association, 1991 – Present
  • EDNY/SDNY Federal Bar Council, 2019-Present
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"... Mr. Cohen's effort... in everything he has done before the Court, is A-Plus... [R]ecently, in another case... [before me], the result he achieved for his client... was quite impressive." Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"So I have very sophisticated counsel here and, Mr. Cohen, [your client] is very fortunate in having you as his attorney, and I hope he appreciates that." – Quote from the Honorable Denise L. Cote, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


"As Mark Cohen, a defense lawyer who has tried cases throughout the city and was a prosecutor in the Bronx, pointed out, there is a saying among defense lawyers in New York." – As provided in the New York Times City Room Blog.

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