Reviews & Recognition


Judges and Prosecutors agree that Mark I. Cohen is a highly respected criminal defense attorney:

“I want to thank the lawyers in this case who did an excellent job and acted reasonably, and you certainly, Mr. Cohen, represented the interest of your client effectively and passionately.”

– Quote from the Honorable J. Paul Oetken, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, on August 17, 2017

 “…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.”

– Quote from the Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, on May 22, 2017.

“I just wanted to let you know that my last day in the SDNY will be [soon]. After that, I’ll be moving [on]…

It has been a pleasure working with you over the years. I’ve always thought that you are an excellent attorney—for a while now, you’ve been on my short list of defense attorneys I would call should I find myself in hot water in NYC (fingers crossed that never happens!).

Best of luck with everything!

– Chief, Narcotics Unit | United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York

“…I was very specific about my warnings about what would happen to [your client] if he failed to appear… (b)ut after… defense counsel’s earnest and thoughtful argument on behalf of his client, I have agreed… that I will impose the original sentence and not enhance his sentence because of his failure to appear… you have your lawyer to thank for it….”

– Quote from the Honorable Miriam Cyrulnik, New York State Supreme Court Judge, on December 9th, 2016.

“[T]he gentleman standing next to you is one of the best lawyers in the courthouse. He fights very, very hard for his clients, and if I were standing at the bar before a judge and I needed a lawyer, Mr. Cohen would be at the top of my list as one of the lawyers I would pick to represent me. More importantly, if either one of my two children were in a situation, if they were a defendant in a criminal case, Mr. Cohen will be at the top of my list to represent one of my two children.”

– Quote from the Honorable Richard Weinberg, New York State Supreme Court Judge, on March 13, 2015.

“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, on May 9, 2014.

“Excellent lawyering…. You have a very good lawyer, one of the best.”

– Quote from the Honorable Bonnie Wittner, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, on November 16, 2007.

“I do want to commend the Government and defense counsel for their superb work in this case. You both put in a lot of time and effort. You’ve both been guided by what I think is the only true goal or the only legitimate goal in criminal practice, which is the true pursuit of justice and the pursuit of the truth…. I am honored myself to have had both of you appear before me.”

– Quote from the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York, on July 12, 2006.

“Thank you counsel, for your assistance…. That’s the best answer I’ve ever heard on general deterrence.”

– Quote from the Honorable Loretta Preska, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, on September 27, 2005.

“Mr. Cohen is a very able and very aggressive and a very sincere lawyer who dedicates himself completely to the affairs of his client.”

– Quote from the Honorable Alvin K. Hellerstein, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, on August 16, 2005.

“I don’t know of another lawyer who would have the imagination, the drive, the ability and the persuasiveness to put all of the information that you put before me in relationship to [defendant]. I want that on the record…. You’ve done an extraordinary job.”

– Quote from the Honorable Alvin K. Hellerstein, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, on October 14, 2004.

“You make a fine bail application because you are a fine lawyer, Mr. Cohen.”

– Quote from the Honorable Leslie Crocker Snyder, New York State Supreme Court Judge, on March 2, 2001.

Former clients praise Mr. Cohen for his work:

 “Just want to thank you for all the time and effort you took on my case . You hear stories about government appointed attorneys working against their clients and stuff. Which honestly had me a little scared . So i decided to use my friend and attorney of almost 15 years Mark Cohen . I really trusted his word and work ethic a 1000% ,especially when dealing with my life . Its funny the amount of trust my family and myself put in Mark. The most important thing to us was that Mark get me the lowest time possible . i was guilty of my crime of course,so it was a issue of getting me home sooner than later to be able to take my ailing mother . I’m happy to say everything surprisingly worked out , thanks Mark !!! He is a lawyer you can trust 1000% . i will never have an issue recommending Mark as Counsel as i have been doing for almost 15 years !!!”
– Former federal client 2017

“Reliable, trustworthy, well experienced, caring, and understandable. These are some of the adjectives that can be used to describe Mr. Cohen. Mr. Cohen gave me the confidence and security since we met him for the first time. I am very grateful because I found the right lawyer for our case with his experience. He always showed his capacities and abilities to defend the case. His vast experience on his field was one of the main reasons why I chose him to represent us on this legal matter. I felt that I can trust him and rely on him. As a result of that, the few months that my family went through the rough legal process of the case, Mr. Cohen always kept me informed about every single detail and step of the whole process. His staff was super caring, supportive, reliable, and available since the moment we stepped in to Mr. Cohen’s office. He was always available whenever I had questions regarding the case. Because he was very involved and made sure that I was being helped and not alone through the process, it felt as if he became an additional member of my family; for that, I am very grateful. I recommend Mr. Cohen to be your lawyer because he will fight for your rights and he will not stop until he wins the case. It clearly shows that he knows what he is doing. Thank you Mr. Cohen for your support, friendship, and above all, for winning our case.”

– Former client 2017

“Mark, Thanks for being a friend. I have no words to thank you for everything, you are a tremendous lawyer to work with, may God bless you always, you may have another friend who is me.”

– Former federal client 2016

Press Recognition

Read Articles About this NYC Criminal Defense Attorney

New York Criminal Defense Attorney Mark I. Cohen, as seen in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, television and radio news outlets, offers his insight into a variety of criminal law topics:

From the New York Times Article:

Mark I. Cohen, a lawyer who met Justice Camacho in the early 1990s, said the judge never fell prey to prosecutorial zealotry and was “not a guy with single-minded blinders on, over the top, trying to send someone away for 20 years.”

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From the New  York Times Article:

“It certainly has all of the bells and whistles of ‘Hmm,’ ” said Mark Cohen, a defense lawyerwho regularly handles cases in Manhattan. “I would think that the typical client who is not attending to, quote unquote, state business does not get the courtesy to put his sink in or perhaps go to a trade show.”


Trial Is Elusive in an Assemblyman
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From the New York Times City Room Blog:

In Court, Lost in Translation
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From the New York Times Article:

Indeed, Ms. Jordan’s press strategy left many experienced defense lawyers in Manhattan’s Criminal Courts Building shaking their heads. “It seems to be like the caboose is driving the train,” said Mark Cohen, a defense lawyer. “What do you accomplish by aggravating the judge?”

Gigi Jordan, Charged in Her Son’s Death, Wages Publicity Blitz as She Awaits Verdict
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From the New York Times Article:

Mr. Caceres’s lawyer, Mark I. Cohen, said that he had seen a promising maturation in his client since last year, when he represented Mr. Caceres in his third arrest.


At Sentencing Youth Bares Soul
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From the New York Times Article:

His family hired a lawyer, Mark I. Cohen.

Justice Farber kept Mr. Caceres at Rikers Island for six months while he deliberated on his decision. Prosecutors were asking for prison time, while Mr. Cohen sent the judge letters from people who knew Mr. Caceres personally, asking for mercy.


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