Ben Simpson is a partner at Cohen Forman Barone, LLP. With CFB since 2009, Ben is passionate and tireless in his representation of clients. An experienced immigration lawyer, he focuses on removal defense as well as family-based and humanitarian petitions. As a criminal defense attorney, Ben has represented clients in prosecutions across all five boroughs of New York City, as well as Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester and many other upstate counties. A student of the nuances of both the law and human nature, Ben has garnered numerous jury trial victories in felony and misdemeanor cases and a host of dismissals on a variety of procedural grounds.
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Comprehensive Legal Experience
Ben is a seasoned litigator in immigration courts and various administrative contexts. His representation includes a relentless dedication to all firm clients and a “stop at nothing” philosophy in protecting their rights both in and outside of the courtroom. A bitter opponent of unlawful police conduct, Ben has also successfully settled many civil claims against the New York City Police Department for clients who have been falsely arrested. Providing vital research and analytical skills as well as diversified real-world experience, Ben brings his acumen to each case whether as lead attorney or co-counsel with Cohen Forman Barone, LLP’s partners and other associates. Over the last few years, Ben’s representation has saved many CFB clients from imminent deportation, secured citizenship, visas, and other immigration benefits including release on bond from incarceration by immigration officials.
A long time and active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where he currently serves as Co-Chair of the New York Chapter’s ICE/ERO Liaison Committee, Ben is an active lecturer teaching other immigration attorneys to be stronger advocates for their clients. Ben is also a member of the Association of Deportation Defense Attorneys (ADDA) and the Suffolk County Bar Association (SCBA). Currently, Ben is also working in an advisory capacity with civic organizations on the East End of Long Island advocating for immigrant-friendly legislation and policy at the town, county and state-levels . A former professional tennis instructor in East Hampton, Ben has been making his home in Brooklyn for many years.
- Skidmore College, B.A., 1998
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2011
- Associate, Cohen Forman Barone, LLP. 2012-present.
- Senior Associate, Cohen Forman Barone, LLP. 2015-present.
- Partner, Cohen Forman Barone, LLP. 2023-present.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York Chapter Co-Chair, ICE/ERO Liaison Committee. 2017-2018
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York Chapter Secretary, ICE/ERO Liaison Committee. 2016-2017
Memberships & Admissions
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- Suffolk County Bar Association (SCBA)
- Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)
- Association of Deportation Defense Attorneys (ADDA)
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