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Handling Criminal, Matrimonial & Immigration Matters

When you have to take a legal matter to the justice system, having the right advocate on your side can make the difference between a successful outcome and a lifetime of frustrating difficulties. With over half a century of combined legal experience, the experienced New York City attorneys at Cohen Forman Barone have the in-depth knowledge and insights you need to feel confident about your case. Our award-winning team of professionals is committed to helping you understand your situation and the legal options you have available.

You do not have to fight your case alone. Call our firm today and schedule your initial consultation.

Cohen Forman Barone helps clients with all matters involving immigration, family law, and criminal defense. For those entering or trying to stay in the United States, we can help you better understand how to present your case in order to avoid detention in a facility far from home. For those of you separating from a spouse after years of marriage or those of you fighting for custody of your children, we can help you understand the process and strategize the best possible outcome.

Whenever you face incarceration, it is crucial that you enlist the services of attorneys who understand how to work with local officials to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Cohen Forman Barone takes the time to fully understand the details of each case and strategize for your needs. There is hope. You have advocates on your side. Contact Cohen Forman Barone today and get started with your initial case evaluation.

Our Success Stories

  • Granted Legal Residency Legal Residency After 20 Years

    A Cohen Forman Barone client who has spent over twenty years in fear of being deported back to Peru is finally a lawful permanent resident. Christian Levis was first placed in removal proceedings in 2017 when ICE detained him after dropping his daughter off at school. While Mr. Levis had first arrived in the United States at the age of 16 on a tourist visa and later in life married a U.S. citizen who he has built a family with, his attempts at obtaining his green card always fell short due to a 1993 arrest. After years of litigation, Mr. Levis finally had his case heard by an immigration judge, who granted his application for legal residency. He is now a lawful permanent resident and will be eligible to apply for naturalization in three years.

  • Charges Dismissed and Green Card Granted All Criminal Charges Dismissed Allowing CFB client to Renew Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) During COVID-19 Crisis
    A Cohen Forman Barone client successfully had all criminal charges dismissed. Attorney David Cohen's success on the criminal side allowed our firm to see success in the client's immigration case as well. On March 26, 2020, the I-90 Application for Replacement Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) was granted for this CFB client, who had been without his green card for many years.
  • Green Card Granted Conditions on Permanent Residency Lifted during COVID-19 Crisis

    On March 30, 2020 the I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Permanent Residence was Approved for CFB client. The application was determined to be strong enough on documentary evidence to waive the standard in-person interview and client now awaiting a ten-year lawful permanent resident card (green card) in the mail.

  • Employment Authorization Renewal Granted Client Granted Work Authorization During COVID-19 Crisis

    On March 30, 2020, the I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Renewal was granted for CFB client. Client’s current card was set to expire in late April 2020 and client was very grateful and relieved to know she will have her new current card well in advance.

  • Reduced to a Misdemeanor Charged with Medicaid Fraud

    Client was charged with Medicaid fraud. She had been convicted for a very similar crime many years earlier and now, as a licensed professional, she faced severe collateral consequences beyond those of the criminal justice system if she were convicted of these charges or if she had to spend any time incarcerated. Client came to us after meeting with and paying her prior counsel. Because the client had the prior misdemeanor conviction, also negotiated off a felony from years before, she was told by her first counsel on our case that she would have to plead guilty to this felony and probably do some jail time as well. Attorney Cohen put together a mitigation package, supported by letters from friends, proof of charity work, proof of employment, letters from employers and other “good deed/character” letters and documents that I submitted to the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor’s office expressed their admiration of the mitigation package, calling it the best they had seen, and allowed my client to plead to a misdemeanor and dismissed the felony. Client risked losing her license, losing her opportunity for future employment and being unable to continue her payments for rent. She was distraught and close to breakdown when we met. She was elated, hysterically happy and very thankful.

  • No Criminal Charges Filed No Charges Filed

    After speaking with police and prosecutors while the client was in custody; CFB lawyers effectuated the release of the client and helped prevent charges from ever being filed. This was a case that exemplified the benefits of getting experienced counsel involved immediately. After the client’s fiancé falsely accused him of threatening and intimidating her she called the police to have him arrested and charged so she could receive an order of protection. Any charges brought or any order of protection being issued would have wreaked havoc on the client’s life and his career. CFB criminal lawyers contacted NYPD and the Manhattan prosecutor’s office to explain the underpinnings of the false allegations. While the client was in the custody of the NYC department of corrections, CFB criminal lawyers were able to convince the state that no crime was actually committed and the client was released from custody before any charges were formally filed.

  • Conviction Vacated Conviction Vacated Order of Deportation Removed

    CFB attorneys, paralegals and support staff recently won a post-conviction motion for our client, a Columbian national. Client’s prior criminal conviction had rendered him deportable and prevented him from adjusting his status in the U.S. He was on a fast track to being removed from the United States before retaining Cohen Forman Barone. After submitting an extremely comprehensive post-conviction relief motion highlighting client’s circumstances, CFB attorneys were able to convince the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office to join in the motion to vacate client’s prior criminal conviction. The court granted the motion to vacate, allowing client to remain in the United States without the fear of being removed.

  • Dismissed CFB Lawyer Stops Detective Harassment

    Following a physical confrontation outside his own home, a CFB client was scared to hear that detectives were looking to speak with him. This is a situation that is stressful, frightening, and fraught with danger as it can lead to an arrest. As a result of the client’s quick thinking in hiring CFB before speaking with detectives, our lawyer stepped in immediately. Detectives never got a chance to talk with our client, elicit any statements or go to his home. Knowing that an experienced CFB attorney was handling his case allowed the client to focus on his personal life, which included a big move across state lines. What started as a violent assault charge quickly ended with all criminal charges being dismissed.

  • Dismissed Defense Gathers Evidence Unraveling State’s Case

    After being charged with 4 felonies, including criminal possession of a weapon and grand larceny, a CFB client hired the firm to provide him with a vigorous defense. Attorneys David J Cohen and Benjamin Simpson delivered exactly that as the CFB team thoroughly gathered and reviewed the client’s evidence. CFB’s diligent and dedicated work allowed them to present evidence refuting the allegations and accurately reframe the events in order to prove the client’s innocence. The prosecutor made several offers to the client, but with the counsel of David J Cohen and Benjamin Simpson, the client was able to have all criminal charges dismissed.

  • Inadmissibility Granted Waiver of Inadmissibility Granted For CFB Client, Who Can Return to the U.S. and Care for Ailing Mother

    Cohen Forman Barone is excited to announce the approval of another waiver on inadmissibility. The client had been present in the U.S. for many years before returning to his native country, Colombia, several years ago. After leaving the U.S. he was barred from returning due to his prior unlawful presence. While living In Colombia, his US Citizen's mother experienced a quick and substantial decline in her health. The urgency for the client to return to the U.S. and serve as her full-time caretaker became desperate. CFB assessed this situation and quickly assembled a robust waiver application package. The application was presented to USCIS who approved it, setting up the client's ability to rejoin his mother and other loved ones here in the U.S., when they need him most.

Client Testimonials

  • “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” “That was such an intense and stressful time in our family’s life and David Cohen was an amazing advocate! His advice was deeply felt on more than just the legal level. It’s with gratitude that we thank him for helping our son walk through his feelings, his charges, and the steps he needed to take in order to navigate the system, be accountable for ...”

    Former Client

  • “The best!!!” “I never expected to be caught up in the criminal system. However, I found myself involved in a situation that I needed legal advice. I quickly realized that I didn’t understand the system, or any of the procedures. I interviewed several attorneys to assist me with my case, but I ultimately picked David Cohen. David asked questions and offered ...”

    Viviana Bayas

  • “Thanks for all Your Help.” “Mr. Cohen is just the best Lawyer in every way, and although, this case was not directly attained to me, I had to make sure that it was taken care of. Mr. Cohen made everything easier than what I expected, by always calling me back, right away, or staying in contact for any updates, which kept my anxiety in check, and he knew it. He solved the case ...”

    Alexandra Bayas

  • “They met with me, kept me informed about my case and never stopped fighting for me.”


  • “They truly believe in what it means to be a “Counselor of Law.””


Our Commitment to Excellence

At Cohen Forman Barone, we understand that this may likely be your first experience dealing with law enforcement and the justice system. The unfortunate truth is that without a qualified legal advocate at your side, the complex processes of handling your case can become overwhelming. Mistakes made early on could have consequences that don’t appear until years later. Let our New York City attorneys help you make wise decisions during these proceedings. We have decades of experience helping clients do what is right for their future and their families.

Our lawyers have worked for high-profile professionals as well as community figures at the local level. Your case is important to us, and we focus on meeting your needs by taking the time to understand your unique case and helping you evaluate the options you have. With offices in New York City, Long Island, and elsewhere Cohen Forman Barone is here to take care of your legal needs as conveniently as possible. Let us provide the right legal advocacy your case requires. Contact our firm today and schedule a consultation.

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Meet Your Team

  • David Cohen PARTNER
    As head of the criminal division of Cohen Forman Barone, David Cohen brings more than 20 years of experience, integrity and excellence to the defense of each and every one of our clients. Having protected more than five thousand individuals and companies over two decades from the awesome powers of law enforcement, he has honed his negotiation and litigation skills to...
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    Cory Forman heads the firm’s immigration law department, which is responsible for assisting both corporate and individual clients in all issues related to the complex world of U.S. immigration law. Cory’s corporate clientele include companies of all sizes throughout the United States that either directly employee or contract with non-citizen workers. Cory’s work includes both defending.
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    Carla Barone leads the matrimonial and family law practice at Cohen Forman Barone and has worked in prestigious matrimonial law firms in New York City and Connecticut–most recently for Raoul Felder & Partners. Carla joined Cohen Forman Barone as a Partner in 2015, bringing over 12 years of matrimonial litigation and mediation experience to the firm. She has been...
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    Ronald Cohen practices in the area of corporate law, representing small to medium size businesses in all aspects of business formation and operations. His work includes consulting and advising on issues related to corporate structures.
    Ben Simpson is a senior associate at Cohen Forman Barone, having joined the firm in 2009. Ben is a passionate criminal defense attorney and an experienced immigration lawyer focusing on removal defense  and family based petitions...  
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