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Leon Wildes Legacy Video

Managing Partner Michael Wildes invites you to watch the firm’s legacy video and learn more about the history of our practice. Featured in the video is Founding Partner Leon Wildes along with Michael Wildes, who narrates the historical journey of Wildes & Weinberg, through the John Lennon case.

Founded in 1960, Wildes & Weinberg is perhaps best known for Leon Wildes' representation of former Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono. Between 1972 and 1976, Leon represented Lennon and Ono in their struggle to remain in the United States, despite the concerted attempts of the Nixon Administration to deport them.

The case (which included bringing four separate Federal lawsuits) not only resulted in John and Yoko getting their green cards and being able to remain in the United States, but it also led to substantial changes in immigration law and brought to light secretive government practices and undue political influence, that has resulted in greater transparency in the U.S. immigration system.

The book, aptly titled John Lennon v. The USA., is published by Ankerwycke Books, an imprint of ABA Publishing, a division of the American Bar Association and became available in August, 2016. It can be purchased on Amazon.

The firm specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law, has a distinguished domestic and international clientele, and can assist with any type of immigration matter including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications, all temporary and permanent type visas, and U.S. citizenship.

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael is also currently serving his third term as Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, is the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door (which draws on over a quarter of a century of his practice in the immigration field), is an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and several international/corporate law firms. Moreover, Michael is internationally renowned for his successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients such as performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, race car drivers, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, photographers, stylists, and literary agents. Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (z’l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and Former First Lady Melania Trump and her family.

Today the firm of Wildes & Weinberg has offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and a presence in Los Angeles, California, and continues to maintain its stellar reputation in the field of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.

To learn more about Leon or Michael Wildes or Wildes & Weinberg, please visit the firm’s website at www.wildeslaw.com or contact Managing Partner Michael Wildes at Michael@wildeslaw.com.

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JOHN LENNON VS. THE USA

The Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in United States History Managing Partner Mayor Michael Wildes' foreword includes personal anecdotes about his father, Leon, with whom he has the privilege of practicing everyday.

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SAFE HAVEN IN AMERICA

Whether it’s the long-term impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on immigration policy or the latest twist in separating children from migrants seeking asylum, Mayor Michael Wildes’ opinion has been sought by a range of news organizations, from Fox...

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P-1A VISA SECURED FOR PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed to secure continued P-1A visa classification for internationally recognized basketball player, Amida Brimah to play with the Guaynabo Mets in Puerto Rico.

Amida Brimah played in a starring role with the Mets in a previous season, as well as with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Previously, he played at the college level with the University of Connecticut and was a key player on their 2013-2014 NCAA Championship team. We look forward to watching Amida continue his success with the Guaynabo Mets in Puerto Rico!
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O-1 SECURED FOR INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured an O-1 Visa Petition Approval on behalf of renowned basketball player, Mitch Creek, to play with the Guaynabo Mets team in Puerto Rico.

Originally from Australia, Mitch has played a high level of basketball over the course of his career, including in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) with the Adelaide 36ers for several seasons, helping them reach two grand finals and win a minor premiership. He also played in the NBA G League in the United States. We are wishing Mitch and the Guaynabo Mets the best this season!
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Joshua Mitson holds a First-Class Honours B.A. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Westminster in London, England, and graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2018. While in law school, Joshua served as a Student Attorney in Sturm's revered Civil Rights Clinic and attended on a Dean's Scholarship.

Joshua specializes in "crimmigration" cases - helping immigrant clients with criminal records navigate the U.S. immigration system. Joshua joins the firm as a litigator and has represented numerous noncitizens before various detained and non-detained immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Joshua is dedicated and devoted to defending the rights of fellow immigrants.
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ADVANCE PAROLE SECURED FOR IMMORTALS PLAYER

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured emergency travel authorization (advance parole) for one of the key players on Immortals’ Wild Rift team. Immortals is a world renowned Esports organization that competes in the biggest gaming platforms and events in the world.

The approval was for Seonghun Jang, also known as “Hoon,” who is often regarded as one of the best Wild Rift players worldwide and a talented streamer and content creator. He will be playing with Immortals in the upcoming 2022 Wild Rift Icons Global Championship in Singapore. We are wishing Immortals and Hoon the best of luck!
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O-1 VISA APPROVED FOR INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED HAIR STYLIST

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. has secured O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa Classification on behalf of Ms. Isabel Vera, an internationally renowned hair stylist.

Ms. Vera has established herself as an individual of extraordinary ability in the industry and by virtue of her accomplishments, which are detailed below, has risen to the very top of her field of endeavor. Ms. Vera has had an illustrious career working with some of the biggest names in the hair design industry in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Spain, and the United States. Ms. Vera has established a firm standing and international acclaim as a hairstylist who is respected for her excellent work with leading fashion designers, high profile events, and celebrities. She has also received distinguished awards and is mentioned in media articles for her achievements. It has been our firm’s honor to work with and represent Ms. Vera, who will continue working at the prestigious Julien Farel Salon and Spa in New York City.
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Posted @withregram • @michaeljwildes Repost from @cardozo_law using @RepostRegramApp - Happy Father’s Day! Today, we are sharing Cardozo father and son alumni pairs. Michael Wildes ’89 (left) is Managing Partner of Wildes & Weinberg, P.C., a Cardozo Adjunct Professor and Mayor of the City of Englewood, New Jersey. Michael, who has been teaching at Cardozo for 12 years, has been working with his father Leon Wildes, who was an Adjunct Professor at the Law School for 33 years, for nearly three decades. Michael’s son Josh Wildes ’19 (right) joined the family firm after serving two years as an Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Miami Immigration Court under the Attorney General's Honors Program. They are pictured here with Yeshiva University President Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman. #CardozoLaw #wildesimmigrationlaw #wildesformayor ...

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ZOOM MEETING WITH TEAM LEADERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR CLIENTS

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Our client David came to us after spending more than three years stuck in the immigration court morass with another...

David E. Date : June 8, 2022

Josh Wildes and Yoni Jonas are amazing! We sought Wildes & Weinberg help because our application for naturalization was taking...

Daniela Bustamante Date : June 1, 2022

Michael Wildes and the rest of the team at Wildes & Weinberg were tremendously helpful in navigating us through the...

Alan Herskowich and Nicole Woroszylski Date : May 26, 2022

Michael and his team are very professional and they always deliver. If you're looking to hire the best possible immigration...

Nick Holmstren Date : January 7, 2022

Walter Gottschalk and Michael Wildes at Wildes & Weinberg P.C Law Offices have been fantastic partners in our immigration journey....

Bruno Caron and Melanie St. Amour Date : December 2, 2021

I have had the pleasure of working with Michael and his team for the past years through work visa applications...

Lilian Ortiz Date : October 20, 2021

I have had the pleasure of working with Michael Wildes and his team for several years. Through an E3 Australian...

Esti Albo Date : April 20, 2021
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