MERRILL R. COHEN is one of New York's new breed of savvy immigration lawyers.    New York Law Journal    Magazine.

Super Lawyers Distinction 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 - Merrill Cohen


Merrill Robyn Cohen founded this law firm over 20 years ago, in 1994. She is a cum laude graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where she was a Member of the Law Review. She has been named to the annual list of Super Lawyers, which is limited to the top 5% of lawyers in each area of practice in the United States, in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Merrill handles the most-complex green card and visa matters for her clients. She regularly represents clients for EB-1 and EB-2 National Interest green cards, H-1B, E, L, O and P visa petitions. Ms. Cohen was profiled in a feature article about her in the New York Law Journal magazine.

Merrill has been interviewed on CBS and FOX TV, the New York Post and People Magazine. She has lectured on immigration topics to other lawyers on numerous occasions, for which she received virtually unanimous 4 star rankings from attendees, and a 95% approval rating.

She was appointed to the Presidential Commission, received the Congressional Medal of Distinction, the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal and twice received the National Leadership Award. She is also noted in Who's Who of Executives and Professionals, and served as Honorary Co-Chairman of the Business Advisory Council. Merrill is a longstanding member of the American Immigration Law Association (AILA), and is admitted to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, the Second Judicial Department, State of New York and the U.S. District Court, SDNY and the U.S. District Court, EDNY.

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Michael Shapiro, Senior Associate, received his J.D. degree in 1994 from Fordham University Law School, where he was a Member of the Fordham International Law Journal, received the prestigious Archibald R. Murray Award for Public Service and was on the Dean’s List. Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.95 from Yeshiva University. He has been a licensed attorney in good standing in New York since 1995.

Michael joined our law firm as an Associate Attorney over 11 years ago, and today is our Senior Associate. He is a creative thinker, and expert in preparing E, H, J, L, O, P and R visa petitions, as well as PERM, EB-1 and EB-2 NIW green card applications. He also has extensive experience in waiver applications and motions/appeals. Michael manages complex cases for major national and international corporate clients, as well as for individual software developers, research scientists, athletes, graphic designers, marketers, models, musicians and other professionals.

Andrea G. Kahn, Associate, earned her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2003 from Tulane University where she majored in Latin American Studies and English. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 2007. Andrea began her career as a commercial litigator at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, and later at Morrison Cohen LLP.

In 2015, Andrea joined Merrill Cohen & Associates. She regularly prepares employment-based immigrant (“green card’) and non-immigrant visa petitions, family-based green cards, and naturalization. She also advises clients on immigration consequences of criminal acts. Andrea has successfully obtained visas for clients in a diverse range of professions including multinational managers, research scientists, software engineers, art directors, graphic designers, a comedian, and a flair bartender.

Ryan E. Todd, Associate, joined our law firm in 2015. Ms. Todd earned her JD from New York Law School in 2013, and her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Art History from Providence College in 2009. Ryan is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Ryan's interest in international relations led her to focus on immigration law. Before joining Merrill Cohen & Associates, Ryan volunteered with Safe Passage Project representing unaccompanied immigrant minors seeking asylum or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in immigration court. Ms. Todd prepares petitions for employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas and family-based immigrant petitions, and related adjustment packages.



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