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Mingli Chen

Criminal defense Attorney at Flushing, NY

4.6   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 8 years
    New York - NY 19 years
    Indiana - IN 7 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2016
    Active Out of State Lawyer - Permitted to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2005
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2016
    Temporary Admission Expired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mingli

Learn Mingli’s areas of practice.

ML and CHEN is a regional leading law firm situated in the heart of Flushing, Queens County, New York City. It specializes in all types of civil litigation and criminal defense, immigration, contracts/deal negotiations, corporate law, trademark registration and opposition, and alternative dispute resolution, and more. Our broad spectrum of expertise and expansive knowledge enable us to assist clients in achieving their legal goals to the fullest capabilities, regardless of whether the client is fighting a legal battle in state or federal court, working towards legitimate immigrant status, or safeguarding their intellectual property rights.

ML and CHEN disciplines itself to grant special, personal attention to each client’s legal requests. In addition to upholding this principle, we have forged intimate relationships with the broader communities we serve. Those close relations have helped us become a well-known and trusted entity within said communities.

ML and CHEN thrives on serving the diverse population of New York City. Accordingly, our attorneys and support staff are fluent in multiple languages. This linguistic advantage enables us to explain abstract legal concepts in the vernacular of our clients. In this way, we are qualified to help different ethnic groups, some of which do not speak a word of English.

ML and CHEN has seen fast, healthy and exponential growth since its inception. With its wide range of service areas, personalized attention to clients’ legal needs, linguistic capabilities, and reputed motto, ML and CHEN is looking forward to and embracing an even further flourishing future.

Photos and videos

Mingli and retired U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services ("USCIS") officer delivering a talk with subject of New Development of Immigrant and Administrative Orders-January 2016
Mingli and retired U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services ("USCIS") officer delivering a talk with subject of Detailed Explanations on Applying for Naturalization-March 2015
Mingli delivering a brief talk on U.S. Supreme Court's June 26, 2015 decision on same-sex marriage-June 2015.
Mingli, together with other professionals, delivering a talk on legal strategies on New York city landlord-tenant court cases - January 2016.
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ML and CHEN. P.C.
13620 38th Ave., Ste 9J
Flushing, NY, 11354
ML and CHEN, P.C.
13620 38th Ave., Ste 9J
Flushing, NY, 11354
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Posted by Lu | March 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Very knowledgeable and personable. Walked me through every step of my case, always fast to respond to my questions. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mingli Chen is the best attorney I have ever met!
We talked more than 2 hours and I was surprised by his creative idea. He read my situation in a different way and raised a creative solution for my case. Mr. Chen is responsible and professional, he helped me to win my case which I already lost hope to win. I cannot express my gratefulness to him. if you speak Chinese and if you have some legal issues to deal, especially some criminal legal issue, Mr. Chen is the best choice.
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Posted by Philip | January 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Diligent Attorney
I just won my case with attorney Chen's help. He was always with me along my case , answered my questions no matter in mid-night or early morning, which comforted me and relieved my axiety. He brought me to trial and followed and looking after the prosecutor for hours in court building. He said he called him lots of times and wanted to talk with in person about my case. With his intelegent strategy and continuous efforts of following up on my case, i was discharged innocently in the time frame i expected. Thank you attorney for your hard works. Words here is limted my appreciation on your fabulous job. I defintely highly recommend Attorney Chen to solve your troubles and justice on your case.
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Posted by Sarah | November 22, 2017
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Removal Proceeding Green Card proved as Waiver, Sexual assault criminal cases
Mingli is an outstanding attorney and has provided legal services to me on a wide spectrum including on immigration laws. He is very knowledgeable, diligent and gets straight to the point. He is realistic about the outcome and is very detail-oriented in every single paperwork to to submitted to the USCIS. For one time, I was in the immigration court removal proceeding due to the petitioner withdrawing the application and committing the perjury. It was almost wracking. He was able to efficiently update with USCIS every time when I got new evidence. My green card was able to get approved as a waiver based on domestic violence even without an interview in less than 10 months. It is a miracle! And also he is very familiar with sexual assault cases in different scenarios-criminal cases and always negotiates hard with District Attorney's office. I highly recommend Mingli as an expert attorney on your side.
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Posted by Jianlin | November 7, 2017
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The most extraordinary attorney
I just would like to say a big thank you to the best attorney I have ever met. Mr Chen has been the only attorney who has helped me when others rejected me. He has helped me to get my visa (from UK) to go visit my mum living in USA. I had already tried various times in the past but every time I tried in 10 years, my visa entry application was rejected. One day my mum went to Mr Chen - and he accepted to help us - he gave us lots of valuable advise, guided me on how to fill the application form to apply for the entry visa, how to answer ambassadors' questions and various times he phoned me from USA to UK - there was never a time where I felt lonely and confused since I have been in contact with Mr Chen. With his help I got my U.S visa in one month,to get reunion with my family. Thank you Mr Chen without you I would not have done it! You are the best attorney in USA!
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Posted by CW | October 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend Mr. Chen!
I consulted with Mr. Mingli Chen with my immigrant status. He is very competent, knowledgeable, compassionate, and patient. He also stays current with the laws and his legal knowledge. I joined his legal workshops in which he answered many people’s questions and concerns about new immigrant regulations and policies. His service is greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend and endorse Mr. Chen.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Mingli Chen
I have known Mingli Chen for over fifteen years. I first consulted with Mingli around the year 2000 when he was with The Long An Law Firm, Beijing, one of the first private law firms ever established in China. I have since consulted with Mingli in New York. Mingli is a gentleman, hardworking and conscientious. I have the highest regard for Mingli as a lawyer and a person.
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Mr. Chen for my H1b application. His office did great job in my case! If you look for help, I will recommend Mr. Chen.
Posted by Emmett | September 4, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent consultation experience
I consulted Mingli for legal advice regarding green card and naturalization requirements. I had some questions about the N-400 form and contacted him by text message. He was very prompt and efficient in responding, and gave me clear instructions on how to resolve my issue. He also provided further guidance and great legal assistance as I continued on through my naturalization application process. I would definitely recommend going to Mingli for immigration help.
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Posted by Xi | January 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Bad Attorney Bad Person
I had a 3rd degree assault charge in March 2017, and met about 10 attorneys — all claimed it's a very minor charge and would be easily dismissed. The only concern was that I asked to advance to an earlier summon date due to travel plan. I eventually met Mr. Chen after an attorney’s referral and hired him at the end of March, because at our first meeting he promised me to fight in his best effort to advance my case, claiming that he's a "creative lawyer that always looking for creative solution". I believed him and paid him right away. But after our first meeting, he disappeared. After half a month with no progress, I had to call his office to track him down. The only thing I heard was "if I hear anything from the district attorneys office I will let you know". After an entire month since I hired him, which is only a week before my first summon date (I originally hired him because I want to advance this date, which is around the first week of May), he messaged me that there was no progress and he'd "keep tracking" (this is only the 3rd time that he messaged me since I hired him). I asked if I can call him but he directly refused me. I realized then that what he promised was undeliverable. He promised to arrange my document carefully to write to the ADA a clear story about my case. What actually happened was he sent exactly what I sent him (around 30 pages long) to ADA without revising them at all. He also said that it would be easy to arrange a face-to-face meeting at the attorney's office. This never happened. On the court date, he came in 3 hours late. In front of the judges, I hardly recognize it's the same person that presented himself confidently during our 1st meeting. He faltered his voice when the judge and clerk asked him questions, that they demand him to repeat what he said and looked at him confusedly. I was so worried that I even wanted to help him speak. After the first court appearance, I had many doubts. But since I paid him thousands of dollars, I had to continue trust him. He again promised me to help advance my next court date. But literally one week before that date, I had to call him for update after he ignored my message. I asked why he kept telling me he’d do something but every time he’d only do it after I called. He started to yell at me! As a lawyer he couldn’t defend himself, he finally ran out of excuses. However, instead of apologize afterwards, he simply texted me “I was speaking fast”. I finally lost my faith in him. I hired another attorney on The case got dismissed and sealed within a month. My new attorney always kept me notified, even work during weekends. I found there are so much more one attorney can do to help the case progress: e.g. he obtained documents from the office (I didn’t know they exist before!) and arranged the meeting at attorney’s office the 2nd week I became his client. It was after the comparison that I fully found out what kind of attorney Chen is. Throughout being his client, I felt insecure, left alone, constantly ignored, angry, and hurt. My new attorney made me feel I don’t need to worry about anything. He didn’t just say that, he actually did it. Throughout my communication to Chen, he kept using a condescending tone to emphasize on my ignorance in law. However, it’s always me that pushed the progress of my case -- he would only contact the DA's office after I called him for update. He only called DA's office several times. And there are two times, he emphasized that he talked with ADA for more than 5 minutes. As if working on my case for more than 5 minutes is a big deal. The total number of emails he sent to me when he was my lawyer is 2. With my new lawyer, the number of communication in email is 72. Not to mention text messages. And not to mention, I am after all, a referral case from his peer attorney. Hard to imagine how he'd treat a client without referral. Avoid him as your criminal defense attorney by any cost.
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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-500 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-33%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • ML and CHEN, P.C.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Kevin Kerveng Tung, P.C.
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Law Firm, New York
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Visiting Attorney-Law Clerk
  • Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Founding Partner
  • Beijing Yuanpeng Law Firm, China
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Managing Attorney
  • Lehman, Lee & Xu Beijing-Shanghai China
  • 1996 - 2002
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  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2003
  • Harvard University Law School
  • Certificate, Program of Instructions for Lawyers
  • 2000
  • Peking University Law School
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1999
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Associate Degree
  • 1998
  • Central University for Nationalities, Beijing China
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Petit larceny case to be dismissed
  • To be dismissed.
  • Visa Refusal For Evading Criminal Charge, Mingli Chen Dismissed Case
  • Criminal charges dismissed-client obtained visa


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2018

Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Rev. Lo at Chinese Christian Herald Crusades,
  • 2017


Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Mingli Chen. I had the opportunity to work as co-counsel with Attorney Chen for more than three years on a complex federal criminal case. Attorney Chen was patient and compassionate with our client, but tough and tenacious with the prosecutor. He is an excellent negotiator and his efforts saved the client from spending many years in prison. I highly recommend Attorney Chen."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chen is a highly capable attorney committed to providing clients experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive representation. I endorse him without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Other
"Mingli is an extraordinary attorney who practices law with high ethics and excellent skills. I have referred many clients to him and have always heard great words about him. He truly cares his client’s best interests and represents them wholeheartedly with passion and hard work. Mingli is very talented, but his success is based on his tremendous efforts in addition to his great intelligence. When he represents a client, Mingli examines the facts of all aspects meticulously and thoroughly. His hard work and his exceptional ability in identifying strong and critical evidence for his clients is the foundation for many of his successful stories. Once he masters the facts, he forms creative arguments and presents the evidence in an extremely persuasive manner. As a consequence, Mingli has built up a track record of successful cases for his clients. I would wholeheartedly recommend Mingli and his team. He has been a blessing to many people and will continue to be."
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Flushing Criminal defense Lawyer Mingli Chen
Mingli Chen
Criminal defense Attorney
Flushing, NY
Licensed for 19 years
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