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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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.

Melissa E. Katsoris, Associate, joined our law firm in 2017. She manages her own caseload of employment-based green card and non-immigrant visa petitions for a wide variety of professionals including designers, tattoo artists, athletic coaches, executives, research scientists, engineers and more. Melissa earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2015 and her Bachelor's degrees in Economics and History from New York University in 2011. Melissa is admitted to practice law in New York State. Before joining our firm, Melissa was an Advisor to the Permanent Mission of Greece at the U.N. where she covered multiple topics, including Migration, and represented Greece during high-level negotiations and meetings for the Global Compacts for Migration and Refugees. Her work on migration policy at the U.N. piqued her interest in U.S. immigration law, and led directly to her joining our law office.

Natalie Bello, Associate, joined our law firm in 2017. She manages her own caseload of employment-based green card and nonimmigrant visa petitions for a wide array of professionals. Natalie earned her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Fordham University. She is admitted to practice law in New York State. Natalie previously worked as an associate with O’Malley & Associates, where she filed numerous successful visa and green card petitions for entrepreneurs, multinational executives and managers, professionals in the construction industry, entertainers, and graphic designers. Prior to that, she performed pro bono legal work for the Safe Passage Project on cases involving prosecutorial discretion and deferred action for childhood arrivals, and matters involving special Immigration juvenile status. Natalie is fluent in Spanish and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).



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