a look back: leon wildes helps save pakistani chlld’s life

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. Founding Partner Leon Wildes’ Free Legal Services Help Save Pakistani Child’s Life, 1979. A man of distinction and compassion, Leon Wildes, and his U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law firm, Wildes & Weinberg, have offered their legal services pro bono on numerous occasions throughout the firms 5 decade history. The story of how Leon Wildes helped save a child’s life, however, is one that stands above all others. 

Shakila, born with a seriously defective heart was scheduled to obtain surgery in the United States, but unfortunately, the U.S. consulate in Karachi,  denied her visitors visa request on numerous occasions. When asked if he would help Shakila, Leon Wildes,  who had two small similar aged children, offered his services free of charge.  With his help, Shakila entered the U.S., allowing her to receive the medical attention needed to live a full and healthy life.

Founded in 1960, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg, continues to help domestic and international clients with their U.S. Immigration and Nationality needs. Today, the firm has locations in New York City, Englewood, NJ, and Miami, FL.  Its multi-lingual staff, is dedicated to the U.S. immigration needs of prominent American and International firms, banks, industrial, financial and manufacturing concerns and 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 investors, scientists, physicians, bankers, performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, and literary agents. 


Leon Wildes, the founder of the firm, serves as Senior Partner. Holding J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the New York University School of Law, he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, where he taught immigration law for more than 30 years. He regularly publishes scholarly articles in the field and lectures widely to both immigration lawyers and lawyers in general practice, and has practiced in the field for fifty years. A recognized authority in his field, he served as National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has testified before the United States Congress as an expert in immigration matters. Awarded the Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Immigration Law, he is best known for his successful representation of former Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in deportation proceedings spanning a five year period.

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