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Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce that Miss Universe El Salvador, Vanessa Velasquez, has retained the services of the Wildes & Weinberg Law Firm.

Vanessa Velasquez won the Miss El Salvador title in 2020 and went on to compete in the 69th Miss Universe pageant which took place on 2021. She has since worked as a model and influencer for major brands like Visa, Dior, Piaget, Marc Jacobs , Farfetch, Dolce Gabanna, Alice & Olivia, Chopard, BVLGARI and many other brands, and she has walked multiple times in distinctive venues in New York Fashion Week and Miami Fashion Week. 

The firm’s experience in this space dates back to 1976, when Leon Wildes assisted former Miss Universe Rina Messinger in acquiring U.S. citizenship. Over the years, we have worked with several Miss Universe winners as well as many national pageant winners in obtaining multiple Green Cards and O-1 visas.  

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, musicians Sinead O’ Connor and Boy George, as well as 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, Denver, Colorado 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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