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michael diraimondo, esq – of counsel

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Michael DiRaimondo, Esq. and his team will be joining the firm Of Counsel

Michael DiRaimondo graduated from Antioch Law School in 1980 and was admitted to practice law in 1981.  For more than four decades, Michael has represented scores of clients throughout the New York area with regard to removal cases, green card applications, adjustment of status petitions, asylum, naturalization, and immigration litigation.  He has appeared before 10 circuit courts, has experience with habeas corpus actions, consular processing, and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals.  In addition, Michael DiRaimondo has defended clients in affirmative asylum cases, defense of asylum cases in removal proceedings, and judicial review of asylum denials in the BIA and Circuit Courts. His cutting-edge case strategies have offered his clients enormous wins.

Prior to forming his own firm in 1987, Michael served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from March 1983-1986 where he handled review of all administrative decisions by the former Immigration & Naturalization Service, over 400 habeas corpus petitions, numerous mandamus, and declaratory judgment actions as well as revocation of naturalization cases. He also served as a Trial Attorney for the US Immigration & Naturalization Service from 1980 – 1983.

We are honored that this seasoned and prominent attorney has joined our firm and look forward to many more successful wins for our clients.  Michael DiRaimondo will be located in our New York City office.

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. The firm’s litigation group has expanded its efforts in filing Mandamus Actions and other Actions in Federal Courts throughout the nation.

In addition, Wildes & Weinberg’s multilingual staff is spread throughout its offices in New York City, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and by appointment only in Los Angeles, California and Tel Aviv, Israel, 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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