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Derek Anthony DeCosmo

Immigration Attorney at Camden, NJ

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Derek A. DeCosmo has worked in both the private and public sectors on behalf of New Jersey's immigrants. Derek has represented clients before the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service, te Administrative Appeals Office, the Federal United States District Courts, and Circuit Courts of Appeal. During his time in government, first as an aide and later as Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Robert E. Andrews, Derek worked to ensure the rights of immigrants in the benefits and application process. 

In 2008 Derek established DeCosmo Law, a full-service Immigration Law Firm specializing in Criminal-Immigration matters. After years of practicing general Immigration Law and working on immigration issues from a public policy standpoint, Derek decided to concentrate his practice on the defense of immigrants in both removal and criminal court proceedings. When he started his firm he was the only attorney in the seven most southern counties of New Jersey concentrating in this area. In 2013 Derek joined Zucker Steinberg & Wixted to lead the firm's Immigration Law Group.  Derek's advocacy on behalf of New Jersey's immigrant communities led to his selection as Chairman for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which has over 10,000 members nationwide.

Licensed for 17 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/04/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/04/2022

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DeCosmo & Rolón
511 Market Street
Camden, NJ, 08102
Mt. Holly Address
9-11 Garden Street
Mount Holly, NJ, 08060
Derek Anthony DeCosmo
46 West Lafayette Street
Trenton, NJ, 08608
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2022
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Recommendation
Anne Picker from DeCosmo law helped my client resolve an old case and avoid a criminal conviction that would have negatively impacted her immigration status. Anne was an excellent advocate and great to work with!
Posted by Cailin | September 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Immigration Lawyer
Derek was extremely helpful throughout the entirety of my immigration process. He was very thorough, professional and and responsive. From the very first consultation, we knew that Derek was extremely knowledgeable and we decided to hire him on the spot. He guided us in the exact direction we needed to take and it ultimately paid off! His presence at my green card interview helped put me and my husband at ease. He was always prepared and willing to answer the (many) questions and concerns that we had. So thankful for Derek and his team for helping us achieve our end goal of settling in the states as a family. Will definitely hire Derek again when the time comes to apply for Citizenship.
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Posted by Maria C | May 19, 2020
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Helping my husband
Consulted with Derek about my husband who was locked up by ICE. Because of the virus, we had to do this by video call. I paid the consult fee and we started. I emailed him the paperwork I had and he went over what the next steps were. I had questions after our consult ended, so I called back and he answers them. I did speak to two other attorneys, but both of them did not go into detail about what happens next. They didn’t seem to know as much as Derek did. Plus, Sergio who answers the phone and translates for me is a sweetheart. I hired Derek. I paid a deposit but thankfully his firm accepts payment plans. The two other lawyers I called wanted 20 grand up front. Payment plan is better. The paralegal Lee is great with helping me gather documents I need. Hire Derek !
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Posted by Maria | December 17, 2019
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Best decision you can make
My husband and I had the same immigration lawyer for almost 12yrs with no closing to my husbands immigration case. We believe mistakes were made and found ourselves unhappy with the person representing us. We decided to look for a new Immigration lawyer to represent us at our next court date. We began our search & met with a few different people. We were looking for someone who had the knowledge, experience & skill set to represent my husband. Someone who thoroughly understood our situation and was willing to put the time and effort needed into winning our case. Luckily someone referred us to Derek DeCosmo. We hired him on the spot. Derek and his team were extremely meticulous with my husband’s difficult 12 yr old case. Derek & his team paid attention to every detail. He represented my husband November 2019 and he helped make our dreams come true. The Immigration Judge approved our case!!! We will be forever grateful to Derek and every person in his office that worked on my husband’s case. I will also be referring anyone and everyone I know who needs immigration services to Derek. Thank you, Thank you for all you have done for me and my family.
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Posted by Joao z | April 1, 2019
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He gave me a second chance at life.
The first time i spoke with derek decosmo i was behind bars and already had my mind made up to throw away 20 years of living in the united states because i thought i had no chance of winning my immigration case because i was coming from prison with a pretty extensive record. Not only did he make me feel how confident he was in my case but he made me feel like i actually had a chance and proceeded to show me the evidence and actually explain everything to me so i understood exactly where we stood. I did hire him. And through the time we worked together derek was very hands on and very professional. He treated me with so much respect and also my family. After about 7 months of fighting we finally won in every aspect of my case. From crimal to immigration and i was released from custody. I cannot thank this man enough. Because he literally saved me from going back to a country i know very little about with bo connection to. He also took me serious when others have not due to my past. And to this day i keep contact with him he continues to push me to better myself now getting back to society. This man gave me hope through my process and gave me a second chance at life and brought me back to my family here in america. I would 100% recommend him to anyone dealing with these things. If you want results derek decosmo is who you need.
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Posted by Lola | March 29, 2019
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Honest, Reliable and Knowledgeable
I hired Derek to assist me with the naturalization process which resulted in me being granted US Citizenship due to his extensive experience in immigration law and his willingness to put in the work to do the necessary legal research. He and his office staff always treated me with kindness and respect. I felt very well prepared. Most importantly, he did not create false expectations, but rather gave me a clear idea of the possible outcomes of my situation.
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Posted by Karen | March 13, 2019
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The ABSOLUTE best. Highly recommend.
I consulted with Mr. DeCosmo about my immigration status. As soon as he gave me the green light that he could work on my case, his staff started working on my case immediately. They are professional, and have knowledge on what they are doing. Whenever I have questions, I immediately get a response with a thorough information so I can understand things better. Mr. DeCosmo is definitely worth your money. They get things done, and don’t play around. Trust me you will not regret his services. I would definitely recommend.
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Posted by Cara Mia | February 22, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer
Although this firm specializes in immigration matters, I knew they handled criminal matters as well. I reached out and was able to get an appointment the same day I called. I sat with Derek, who reviewed my paperwork and discussed my options. He took the time to explain every detail of my case, answered all of my questions, and went over what his plan of action would be. As soon as I retained him, him and his office immediately began working on my case. Since this wasn't a simple municipal court matter, I felt worlds better having him at my side at my next court appearance in Superior Court. My case was resolved quickly and I am happy to have had Derek by my side every step of the way. Hire these guys!!!!!
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Posted by Jennifer | August 16, 2015
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Great experience!
Derek helped us navigate the immigration process for my (soon-to-be) husband. He was very professional and knowledgeable throughout the entire process. His many years of experience made this a very smooth process. When we did have questions, he was accessible via email or phone, and was very responsive. I would definitely recommend him to others.
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Posted by Chris | July 31, 2015
A Genuine Understanding
Derek represented me in a case and demonstrated a genuine understanding of the struggles I was going through. He is highly intelligent and caring. I was also very impressed with his legal knowledge and how he conducted himself in the courtroom. I can't thank him enough for what he did for me and my family. He was genuinely concerned about us during our hard time. I recommend Derek in the strongest of regards.
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Posted by Veronica | July 28, 2015
Detained Parishioner
Derek DeCosmo About 15 months ago, immigration officers arrested one of our parishioners in his home in the early hours of the morning. His wife and four children were witnesses to this arrest and came to the parish for help. I referred them to Derek DeCosmo who had helped us on many prior occasions. Our parishioner had been taken immediately to the Detention Center in Newark, NJ. Derek went there to meet him. He negotiated his release from custody, got him an employment authorization document, and license. In time, Derek was able to take our parishioner to Pennsylvania to have a prior criminal case dismissed. Throughout this entire process, Derek was available to the family and to our church community as we worked and prayed together for a just resolution for this family. All of my experience with Derek has been very positive. He treats each person with respect and puts all his resources into serving them well.
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Posted by M | July 24, 2015
Derek is an terrific attorney!
My family came to America because I had a congenital heart defect that I was being treated for here. We ended up settling here after my treatment and in that time, our visa expired, which almost led to my father being deported. Derek has continuously helped him and even helped obtain permanent residency status for my mother and I a short while after. For him I am forever grateful to be able to stay in this country. Throughout this experience, Derek has been a firm supporter of our case and has done everything in his power to help. He is an outstanding and hard-working attorney!
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Posted by Melissa | July 22, 2015
Excellent!
Working with Derek Decosmo was my first experience using a lawyer and i didn't know what to expect. Derek Decosmo was an absolute pleasure to work with! Knowledgeable, professional, attentive and approachable, he made my green card application seem easy. Mr. Decosmo is excellent in his field and far exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing these types of services.
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Posted by Giselle | July 22, 2015
He saved our family.
In In 2014 my husband was in deportation. My husband and I have two children together and I have one from a previous marriage. My husband was a permanent resident for 20 years, but he never got his citizenship. Sadly, he was using drugs, which he hid from me. He had a problem. He got arrested. He came clean to me and he got help. He has been clean and sober for years. His criminal lawyer took no time really evaluating the case and let my husband plead to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He was a drug user and not a dealer, but our lawyer told us it did not matter. A few months later he was arrested by immigration in the middle of the night. My children and I were terrified At that point Mr. DeCosmo was referred to me by a friend he helped. I went to immigration court on that first day with him and he told the judge, that the criminal case was not handled correctly and that he was going to make a motion to overturn the conviction. He also explained to the judge our family situation and said he would be able to make an application to allow my husband to keep his green card. Ultimately, Mr. DeCosmo got the conviction changed from distribution to possession, which was the real truth of the situation. This made all the difference as far as the immigration court was concerned. Distribution meant that my husband was definitely getting deported. Possession meant that we could make our case in front of the immigration judge. Mr. DeCosmo then presented our case to the immigration judge and we won. My husband was released from jail, his green card was restored and our family was reunited after almost a year of being separated. I was amazed that Mr. DeCosmo was not only an excellent immigration lawyer, but that he was also able to the criminal case. He is a brilliant and gifted lawyer. He is the best and our family will always owe a debt of gratitude to him.
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Posted by Dawn | July 22, 2015
The Best!
Mr. DeCosmo helped my husband and I with a very difficult immigration issue. Many other lawyers turned us away and we were thankfully referred to Derek through a mutual friend and could not be more happy. He helped us so much with our case and provided a reasonable payment plan to help us even more. If you are considering a attorney especially when others have made you feel like there is no hope for your particular case please call Derek DeCosmo...you will not be disappointed.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • DeCosmo & Rolón
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Rutgers Law School
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Zucker Steinberg Wixted Law Group
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Managing Partner
  • DeCosmo LLP
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Congressman Robert E. Andrews
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Valentine Brown, LLC
  • 2005 - 2008
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Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Albright College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Honorary Past Chairman
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chairman
  • 2014 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2015
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Publications

  • The Barrister (Camden County Bar Association)
  • New Hope in Deportation Defense During a Time of Otherwise Great Uncertainity
  • 2017
  • The Barrister (Camden County Bar Association)
  • Understanding the Impact of Your Clients Case Before You Resolve It
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Immigration Executive Orders and Deferred Action
  • 2015
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
  • 2015
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Avoiding Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims
  • 2014
  • Rutgers School of Law
  • Impact of SB 1070, Arizona's Anti- Immigration Law
  • 2011
  • Rutgers School of Law
  • Immigration Law and Politics
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is an honor to endorse Derek DeCosmo. Over the past several years I've had the pleasure of working with Derek as co-counsel. I've also referred my own clients to Derek based on his vast expertise in the area of Immigration Law. Rarely do you meet an attorney who is so well-versed in his practice area. It is even more rare to find that same well-versed attorney that has such a high level of dedication to success for his clients. Derek makes it easy to refer him cases because our client's return thanking us for the referral. Thus, when it comes ito Immigration Law, Derek is the first lawyer I call."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for immigration law. It is a complex area of law, and Mr. DeCosmo knows it well."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. If you have an immigration issue, he is the attorney to turn to, bar none. Not only for his experience and wealth of knowledge, but his passion for the subject matter. He, like myself, is the descendant of turn of the century immigrants who worked hard, contributed to society and made a difference in their new home land."
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Camden Immigration Lawyer Derek Anthony DeCosmo
Derek Anthony DeCosmo
Immigration Attorney
Camden, NJ
Licensed for 17 years