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

“From Mr. Cohen’s very effective sentencing letter…I got a good degree of insight…thank you Mr. Cohen [for] a very thoughtful [oral] submission and…a very excellent written submission as well…I do appreciate Mr. Cohen, the close attention to detail…and I’m grateful to you, as I’m sure your client is, that you are sweating out the details…”

– Quote from the Honorable Paul A. Engelmayer, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, on April 17, 2019.


“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


“… please know that your professionalism and strong advocacy on behalf of your clients is always noted and appreciated here.”

– Quote from an Executive, Office of the New York County District Attorney’s Office


“…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 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. It’s 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 an 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 in 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 into 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 lawyer who 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.”

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From the New York Times City Room Blog:

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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?”

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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.

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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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In the New York Daily News

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Avvo Reviews

Amazing Lawyer
Mark Cohen was reccomended to me by a friend after I had got into some legal trouble in New York City. Mr. Cohen is the epitome of professionalism and I would happily reccomend him to anyone that is in need of an attorney. Mr. Cohen was intensely persistent in my case and provided the results I desired incredibly fast.


The lawyer for YOU! The lawyer YOU need!
I had gotten into some legal trouble in NYC and I’m from Boston so I was scrambling to look for good legal help. A close family friend referred me to Mark Cohen, and it was possibly the best thing that could’ve happened to me. Immediately I saw how dedicated and hard working he is. I also realized how well he paid attention to detail to try to find anything and everything that could possibly help me in my case during our consultation. He was very realistic with me and gave me the worst and best possible outcomes (most only tell you the best outcome). After that I was sold and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. His professionalism and years of experience got me the results I had wished and hoped for in a timely manner. He also went beyond my expectations getting me the results I wanted and more. If your looking for legal advise or services, look no further! Mark Cohen is your man!


Excellent attorney
I was referred to Mark by a trusted friend. I had total confidence in Mark’s ability. Mark was very patient and willing to hear out my numerous questions as this was my first experience hiring a defense lawyer. He was concise and explained every detail. My son’s case was dismissed and also got his records cleared and sealed that same day. In the end, Mark was absolutely amazing and I’d gladly recommend him to anyone looking for a Criminal Defense lawyer.


Mark is one of the best
Mark took a case of mine over 20 years ago. We stood in contact over the years… Mark takes great pride in very case today like he did 20 years ago..Mark works hard for his clients and will get the best outcome for your case…..


Helpful, thoughtful lawyer
Reached out about a specific issue and Mark went out of his way to be responsive and helpful, drawing on years of experience to give me real piece of mind. Would hire him in a heartbeat if necessary.


Couldn’t ask for a better lawyer
He saved my life from doing 5 years to just 1 year city time.He used his expertise knowledge to help me with my problem. Very professional and very understanding when it comes to payments. Wouldn’t choose another lawyer or doubt him. He’s the best!


5 Star Lawyer
I should have written this review awhile ago but I’ve just been busy with work thanks to Mark. See, Mark helped me keep my job after getting jammed up in some trouble and he was able to keep my record clean. I was charged with a Class A Felony and I got a disorderly conduct which is awesome. What is great about Mark is that he is easy to reach and is in constant communication with you. Also, he’s a straight shooter. He will never sugar coat anything and tell you exactly what’s going on. He will work with you and bounce ideas off of you to show you what your options are. I highly recommend Mark I. Cohen!!


Mark cohen thank you
mark was my lawyer for 15 years and he’s one of the best lawyer I known and
My case was dismissed and he give me a lot of confidence I’m right nowI own my own business thank you Mark


Lawyer
One of the best lawyers in NYC . Not only did Mark Cohen win my case but he motivated me to do better with my life, graduated high school because he’s consistent push for me to do better . He also helped me enroll into college . And because of Mark I am determined to have a better future. Thank you !


Excellent attorney!
We hired Mr. Mark Cohen to represent our son twice over a 10 year period. Each time, Mr. Cohen fought relentlessly to find the best resolution for our son, with understanding, compassion and kindness, keeping us up-to-date each step of the way. We highly recommend Mr. Cohen as he is a brilliant lawyer.


Excenllent
I highly recommend Mark I. Cohen to anyone who has serious cases.he dismissed my drug case A1 felony on dec 14,2017.If you are looking for an attorney who has your best interest and actually willing to listen to your worries and needs during a difficult legal situation, Look No Further…..I highly and whole-heartedly recommend Mark I. Cohen. He is an incredible attorney.


Great Lawyer and Person!
I was referred to Mark by a trusted family friend who had total confidence in both Mark’s ability and trustworthiness. Mark was very patient and willing to hear out my numerous questions as this was my first experience hiring a defense lawyer. Throughout every step of the way, Mark made sure I fully understood the facts of the case, making the overall situation less stressful. In the end, Mark was absolutely amazing and I’d gladly recommend him to anyone looking for a Criminal Defense lawyer


Triple E! Extremely Excellent Experienced Lawyer
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.


Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Cohen represented my sister and he went above and beyond to get her the best deal. He kept me updated and explained everything that was going on and what he was doing to get my sister a better deal.

Unfortunately we had to let go the previous lawyer because when they are appointed to your case they don’t even bother to explain the process, fortunately we hired Mr. Cohen and it was money well spent.

Thank You so much for helping my sister and me thru this difficult time.


Excellent lawyer
I met with several lawyers when I was dealing with my case and it wasn’t until I met with Mark that I felt comfortable and secure. Mark went above and beyond into finding the best resolution to my case and he did just that!!! I am very satisfied with how everything worked out and would highly recommend Mark to anyone!!!


Exceptional lawyer
Mr. Cohen was hired by my family in the late 90’s and his professional performance and his diligent work on the case was amazing, since then we have referred him to many many satisfied clients. I wouldnt consult nor refer anyone seeking legal advice to someone else. Mark will always be my referral.


Great lawyer

Mr. Cohen is a great lawyer. Deciding to choose him was one of the best decision I have made. He always made sure to answer our question to our satisfaction. I highly recommend him.


Great Attorney
Mark Cohen is a very honest and trustworthy attorney. He explained to me step by step what was going to happen with my case. Mr Cohen got my case dismissed in 3 months. I would highly recommend Mr. Cohen to anybody who needs an honest and professional attorney.


Very Professional Lawyer
Mr. Cohen was great to work with. He was professional and courteous from the beginning. Always kept me aware of everything with my case. I felt secure that the best outcome would come at the end. Thank you Mr. Cohen. I would definitely recommend him.


Amazing lawyer
I’ve been in a couple bad situations where I called for Mark Cohen. He’s been our family lawyer for roughly 10 years now. He is great at what he does and I was grateful to see him work and defend me. I received no jail time on both sentences. I just want to say thank you Mark for being a great criminal defense lawyer and always having my back.

Google Reviews

Alfredo Bautista
I had gotten into some legal trouble in NYC and I’m from Boston so I was scrambling to look for good legal help. A close family friend referred me to Mark Cohen, and it was possibly the best thing that could’ve happened to me. Immediately I saw how dedicated and hard working he is. I also realized how well he paid attention to detail to try to find anything and everything that could possibly help me in my case during our consultation. He was very realistic with me and gave me the worst and best possible outcomes (most only tell you the best outcome). After that I was sold and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. His professionalism and years of experience got me the results I had wished and hoped for in a timely manner. He also went beyond my expectations getting me the results I wanted and more. If your looking for legal advise or services, look no further! Mark Cohen is your man!


Kenneth Aponte
Mr. Cohen is great! I paid him for a consultation and he found out what the problem was within hours. Unfortunately I was having money problems at the time and couldn’t afford his services. But I highly recommend him. The man knows what he’s doing, tells you things how it is, he’s down to earth and his staff is great as well. One of the best in NYC hands down.


Melinda Danko
I was recommended to seek the professional help of Mark I. Cohen for some legal matters I had encountered. After our initial meeting I had no hesitation in the successful outcome of my case. Mark guided me through what could have been an overwhelming process, with ease. Not only did he help me through the process, but left me with valuable information as a mentor would. I’m very grateful to have worked with Mark. I highly recommend his legal services.


Berenice Inzunza
Highly recommend Him, He’s very professional. He kept me very well informed throughout the whole process. Thank you Mr.Cohen!


Ann McWilliams
We have hired Mr. Mark I. Cohen to represent our son twice over the past 10 years. In each case, Mr. Cohen fought relentlessly to find the best outcome for him, with compassion and understanding, keeping us constantly up to date in each step of the process. Given his wealth of knowledge and years of experience. Mr. Cohen is a brilliant lawyer, whom we recommend very highly.


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never thought i would see a courtroom in my life except in movies! but things happen & my experience has been very positive, not only Mr. Mark Cohen is competent, attentive & reliable but he was proactive in protecting my rights he was there in every step 24/7 from answering questions to going the extra mile to assure & comfort me, even tho he is sure of the outcome he gives a little light to it so you can sleep better at night & without getting you too excited or giving you false hopes he took my case seriously & informed me of all the necessary steps & what should be done he has the utmost respect & admiration of his clients as well as judges & DA’S

Mr. Cohen came highly recommended & is someone i highly recommend


Ruben Gomez
One of the best lawyers in NYC. Not only did Mark Cohen win my case but he motivated me to do better with my life, graduated high school because he’s consistent push for me to do better. He also helped me enroll into college. And because of Mark I am determined to have a better future. Thank you !


Rafael Dumit
Excellent lawyer , he did the best for my cousin case! Im very happy with you Mr. Cohen

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Lawyers Of Distinction 2018

Recognized.

"... 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.

Reviewed.

"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.

Respected.

"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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