Success Cases

  • Criminal cases
  • Crimigration (Cross Discipline of “Criminal” and “Immigration”) cases
  • Immigration
  • Family Law cases
  • Civil Litigation and Disputes
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ML and CHEN, P.C. offers legal services in a vast variety of practice areas, and has provided outstanding, unique, and creative solutions and services to our clients. The legal services we provide cater directly to our clients’ needs, whether they involve civil litigation, criminal defense, trademark registration and opposition, contracts, immigration, or corporate laws. We have achieved results that have been unprecedented, incredible, and/or extremely surprising to our peer attorneys. Provided below only reveals a tip of iceberg to a vast collection of successful cases ML and CHEN, P.C. has handled.

Criminal cases

Visa Refusal For Evading Criminal Charge, Mingli Chen Dismissed Case

A Chinese college student came to New York, as a visitor on B1/B2 visa, two years ago and got arrested by the police on the charge of theft. Seeing as her U.S. temporary residency was expiring, this student left the U.S. without appearing at the criminal court as required. Recently, when she applied for a U.S. visa from the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai China, she was told by the visa officer that her arrest in New York and the pending criminal court case are factors for contemplated denial of her visa application. The student searched online from China for criminal defense attorneys in New York, and she found and hired ML and CHEN, P.C. Within a matter of three weeks, attorney Mingli Chen caused the student’s criminal case to be dismissed without even calling for the student-defendant’s personal and mandatory appearance at the New York criminal court.

Mingli Chen Defended One Biggest Copyright Crimes Case In US

In the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, Mingli Chen and his team defended a client who was arrested by the U.S. federal government in 2011 on almost 50 charges. The U.S. government alleged that Mingli’s client stole and pirated numerous pieces of computer software and confidential data, worth of $100 million U.S. currency, developed by companies for use in the U.S. military, explosion, aerospace, engineering, anti-terrorism and imitated testing. If convicted on those charges, the client may face up to 480 years of jail time. Through Mingli’s zealous representation, the U.S. government and Mingli’s client reached a negotiated deal in which only two charges stood. This resulted in Mingli’s client to be sentenced to 12 years in prison in June 2013 for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and criminal copyright infringement. Relevant media coverage on this case may be found in New York Times, Reuters, BBC, CNN, Associated Press, NBC News, Bloomberg News, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo News, Times Live, Delawareonline, and World Journal.

11 Days Jury Trial, Client Acquitted

A female client was charged before a California criminal court in Ventura that the client had been engaging in prostitution at a local massage parlor. The prosecution called five police officer witnesses, including a veteran of 22 years of experience at the Los Angeles Police Department. The defendant (Mingli’s client) did not have anyone coming up to testify for her. Through Mingli’s effective defense in an 11 days’ jury trial, the jury delivered a Not-Guilty verdict, and the client was acquitted.


Crimigration (Cross Discipline of “Criminal” and “Immigration”) cases

Greencard Application Refused Along With Criminal Charge, Mingli Chen Dismissed Charges And Got Greencards

The Client, a mother of two children, is married to a U.S. citizen and applied for U.S. permanent residency (“Green Card”) based on marriage to her US citizen husband for her and the two children. However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) denied all three’s greencards applications and the husband’s petitions for alien relatives after the couple were interviewed with conflicting answers to the same questions from the USCIS interview officers. Not only were all three petitions are denied by after more than one year’s efforts, but the mother was arrested on moral turpitude felony and misdemeanor charges. Finding no way out, the client turns to this law firm, ML and CHEN, P.C. for legal assistance. Attorney Mingli Chen first defended the client in her criminal case and got both the felony and misdemeanor charges dismissed in two months. Next, ML and CHEN, P.C. assisted in the client’s 2nd round petition for a green card. Through this law firm’s thorough preparation and several mock interviews, the mother and her two children all received their green cards within two weeks.

Mingli Chen Dismissed Prostitution Charge And Client Became Citizen

Client S was charged by an upstate New York District Attorney’s office for engaging in prostitution and providing massage services without a license. When the client learned of ML and CHEN’s name and came for its legal representation, she was represented by a different law firm. Upon taking over the case from the other law firm and the extremely difficult negotiations with the District Attorney’s office, both criminal charges against the client were dropped, leaving no criminal records for the client. Due to the excellent defense work, the same client’s subsequent N-400, Application for Naturalization, was approved, and the client was sworn in to be a U.S. citizen around one week after an interview. Without the superb criminal defense work, the client’s N-400 application could have been put on hold for several years.

Mingli Chen Dismissed Criminal Charges, Client Got Travel Document Within Two Hours

Client Hu was charged for several charges at Queens criminal court of New York. Through just two court appearances, the Queens District Attorney’s office agreed to have the client’s charges dismissed, leaving no criminal records on this client’s file. Mingli also assisted the same client in his application for I-131, Application for Travel Document. Due to Mingli’s creative work in the application for I-131, this client’s I-131 application was approved within two hours. If the client’s criminal case had not been dismissed, there would have been a huge hindrance in the client’s I-131 application.


Immigration

Greencard Application Refused Along With Criminal Charges, Mingli Chen Dismissed Charges And Got Greencard

The Client, a mother of two children, is married to a U.S. citizen and applied for U.S. permanent residency (“Green Card”) based on marriage for her and the two children. Not only were all three petitions are denied by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services after more than one year’s efforts, but the mother was arrested on moral turpitude felony and misdemeanor charges. Finding no way out, the client turns to this law firm, ML and CHEN, P.C. for legal assistance. Attorney Mingli Chen first defended the client in her criminal case and got both the felony and misdemeanor charges dismissed in two months. Next, ML and CHEN, P.C. assisted in the client’s 2nd round petition for a green card. Through this law firm’s thorough preparation and several mock interviews, the mother and her two children all received their green cards within two weeks.

Mingli Chen Dismissed Alien Wife’s Domestic Violence Accusation

The Client, a U.S. citizen, married a woman from China, and brought his wife to the U.S. with the intention of “living happily ever after”. Only within few months, the husband found out that the wife was too impatient to wait on the slow green-card petitioning track and abused the state legal system to obtain her U.S. permanent residency (Green Card) through the I-360 application, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant. Wife first petitioned to the Family Court, intending to have her adjudicated as a “U.S. citizen’s abused spouse” so that the way of an I-360 application may be paved. The husband hired a law firm to defend himself at the Family Court, only to find out that he was being taken advantage of by such law firm after a while. The husband then turned to the law firm, ML and CHEN, P.C. Before ML and CHEN, P.C.’s very first Family Court appearance, a motion was filed with the Family Court by this firm. Then, the wife’s case was dismissed and thrown out of the court with one court appearance.

I-360 Petition prima facie Approved in Five Days

A client who lost legal status for 10 years filed her I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, based on the facts that she was a victim suffering from severe physical, sexual, and mental abuse by her U.S. citizen husband. However, despite her strong case facts, her I-360 petition was denied because her previous attorney at a different law firm submitted a lot of conflicting materials. Such previous attorney is well-known in specializing in I-360 based on domestic violence petitions in the community. When Mingli picked up the client’s case and re-submitted her I-360 petition, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services granted and approved the client’s prima facie case in only 5 days.

H1B Application Approved Around 30 Days Without Requesting Premium

In April 2014, Mingli Chen and his team represented a client in her application for H-1B visa I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Due to the excellent presentation of the client’s case before the USCIS, the client’s petition was approved in just around 30 days even though the client could have paid, but did not. $1,225 for a request for premium processing as per the I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service. In contrast, our client’s other colleague who was represented by a different law firm applied for the same I-129 Petition, but was not granted its I-129 classification until 4 months later.

H1B Application Approved For Start Up Company

One master degree graduate sought H1B visa via a start-up company. Luckily, some investors were willing to invest money to set up a new company for him and hiring him as a general manager. Through the firm’s delicate plan, the firm helped set up the company in the previous year before the student’s graduation and filed I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker for the company in the next year. The student luckily draw the lottery. Due to the excellent presentation of the client’s case before the USCIS, the client’s petition was approved despite that the company did not have any other employees except the student as a general manager nor have sound fund in the bank when the petition was filed.

H1B Application Approved For His “Own” Start Up Company

One smart IT guy set up his own company three years ago but never operated because of his busy schedule at another IT company where sponsored his H1B and paid him decent salary. Being tired to work for others, the smart guy still wanted to pursue his own dream to operate his own business. After consulting with Mingli and his team, the smart guy changed his company’s shares structure. The reorganized company filed I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker on his behalf. After two times Request for Evidence from the USCIS, his H1B application was approved. The first Request for Evidence notice required a lot of technical documents and brought some challenge issues. Due to Mingli team’s thoughtful consideration, excellent presentation of the case materials and complete legal analysis, USCIS was persuaded to approve such a petition and this guy is currently working for his “own” company happily thereafter.

4.5 Months Received Greencard for Excellent Presentation

U.S. Citizen Husband applied I-130, Petition for Alien Relative and alien wife applied I-485 greencard application based on their marriage. In exactly 4.5 months since the filing of their case, the wife’s application for permanent residency was approved. At the interview by the immigration officer in Manhattan, the officer remarked, “Your [referring to Mingli Chen as the representing attorney] presentation of their case is excellent.” The 4.5 months processing time broke ML and CHEN, P.C.’s best record for its kind.

22 Days I-130 Approved

Mingli Chen and his team represented a U.S. permanent resident in his petition to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of his wife for I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. Due to the excellent preparation of the work and the creative presentation of the case before the USCIS, the client’s I-130 petition was approved in only twenty-two days.


Family Law cases

Mingli Chen Dismissed Alien Wife’s Domestic Violence Accusation

The Client, a U.S. citizen, married a woman from China, and brought his wife to the U.S. with the intention of “living happily ever after” in his marriage life. Only within few months, the husband found out that the wife was too impatient to wait on the slow green-card petitioning track and abused the state legal system to obtain her U.S. permanent residency (Green Card) through the I-360 application, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant. Wife first petitioned to the Family Court, intending to have her adjudicated as a “U.S. citizen’s abused spouse” so that the way of an I-360 application may be paved. The husband hired a law firm to defend himself at the Family Court, only to find out that he was being taken advantage of by such law firm. The husband then turned to the law firm, ML and CHEN, P.C. Before ML and CHEN, P.C.’s very first Family Court appearance, a motion was filed with the Family Court by this firm. Then, the wife’s case was dismissed and thrown out of the court.

Fought For Full Custody For Two- Year-Old Baby

A mother of a two-year-old baby girl petitioned to the Family Court, against her husband-the baby girl’s father, for the girl’s sole custody. The mother hired a New York law firm and spent an abundance on attorney’s fees only tp see her case go nowhere. The mother came and hired ML and CHEN, P.C. Through several court appearances, excellent court room case presentation, and keen cross-examination, the Family Court Judge decided that the mother should have the sole legal and physical custody of the baby girl.


Civil Litigation and Disputes

Civil Lawsuit Won, Client Did Not Have To Pay For a Single Penny

Mingli Chen and his team represented a client in a civil lawsuit in which the State of New York was suing Mingli’s client for a large amount of monetary damages. Through Mingli’s thorough examination and investigation of the case, backed up by Mingli’s skillful negotiations with the attorneys representing the state of New York, yielded an outcome where Mingli’s client did not have to pay even a single penny to the State of New York.

Mingli Avoided An Expensive Law Suit For A New Jersey Company

In 2013, Mingli Chen was retained by a New Jersey company in its legal battle with a well-known California company specializing in designing and manufacturing accessories for high-end cell phone brands such as Apple, Samsung, and other Android phones. The California company was threatening a federal lawsuit against the New Jersey company at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Due to Mingli’s early intervention and fruitful negotiations, the California Company’s case was put to a halt awaiting the two hostile parties’ resolution. Eventually Mingli, on behalf of his client, reached a deal with the California Company, and the deal avoided a possible negative impact on the New Jersey Company.

Successful Case Results In Client’s Compensation from Tenants

Mingli Chen and his team represented many clients in commercial and residential landlord/tenant disputes and summary proceedings, and achieved positive outcomes in the clients’ best interests. More recently, Mingli represented a commercial landlord in their summary proceedings against a number of commercial tenants. Mingli was able to not only get a favorable judgment for the client and have it enforced successfully, but also, through the court, had the tenants compensate every penny of the attorney fees that had been paid to Mingli’s law firm by his own client.
In another commercial landlord-tenant summary proceeding, before even the case was able to proceed to the hearing stage, through Mingli’s fruitful negotiations and pressure, the tenant “reimbursed” all of Mingli’s attorney fees, in addition to paying all their outstanding rents to Mingli’s client.

Corporate Landlord Successfully Retrieved Tenant’s Overdue Rent And Attorney’s Fees

A commercial Tenant did not pay rent to the Landlord for several months. After several times non-payment notices and phone calls, the Landlord had to sue the Tenant before the 4th Suffolk County District Court. Without any hearings, Mingli was quickly able to get the respondent-tenant to pay all the outstanding rents, a large sum, plus Mingli’s attorney fees which would otherwise have been paid by Mingli’s own client.

Employer Gets Sued, Dispute Is Resolved Within an Year, Employer Only Pays Minimal Compensation

One employer hired ML and CHEN, P.C. to represent a labor dispute case in New York Eastern District Court, where one previous employee sued the Employer and claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. With our attorneys’ expertise and diligence, the dispute was resolved and decided within one year in New York Eastern District Court. Ultimately, the employer only needs to pay merely $4,000 worth of compensation instead of hundreds of thousands originally claimed by the employee. Our law firm and attorneys abide by a disciplined approach when dealing with civil litigation cases, and this entails considering our clients’ needs, and minimizing financial burdens for our clients while maximizing their chances of success.