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immigrant visa approved for sportsbook operations director-online gaming & sports

Managing Partner Michael Wildes of Wildes & Weinberg is pleased to congratulate Mr. Paul Chopin on the issuance of an immigrant visa for his employment with Golden Nugget as Sportsbook Operations Director-Online Gaming & Sports.  

Mr. Chopin will bring over a decade of experience to this position, including many years working with the Betclic Group as Head of Sportsbook.

As the Sportsbook Operations Director-Online Gaming & Sports within Golden Nugget, Mr. Chopin will manage all aspects of Golden Nugget’s sports betting business, across its online/mobile sportsbook platform as well as its brick-and-mortar sportsbooks.

Golden Nugget is presently in the process of being acquired by Draft Kings, and it is anticipated that Mr. Chopin will continue his employment following the acquisition.

Wildes & Weinberg was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner, Leon Wildes.  Nearly three quarters of a century later, the firm continues to concentrate its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration requirements of prominent American and International firms, banks, industrial, financial, and manufacturing concerns, as well as law firms in connection with the personnel needs of their foreign national employees.

In addition, the firm has a distinguished clientele and has done substantial immigration work for performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, and literary agents. Most notable was Leon Wildes’ successful representation of former Beatle John Lennon and his artist wife, Yoko Ono in their deportation proceedings, the basis of which has inspired legislation, and has been portrayed in films, plays, and literary works worldwide.  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.

Michael Wildes, the firm’s Managing Partner, is also currently serving his fourth 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.

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, the firm has maintained an extraordinary track record for success in its cases.

In addition, Wildes & Weinberg’s multilingual staff is spread throughout its offices in New York City, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and Los Angeles, California (by appointment only) and are known for their experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism.

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