FOUNDING PARTNER LEON WILDES RECALLED HIS PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE JOHN LENNON CASE – JOHN LENNON VS. THE USA – THE INSIDE STORY OF THE MOST BITTERLY CONTESTED AND INFLUENTIAL DEPORTATION CASE IN UNITED STATES HISTORY – AT CHICAGO’S BEATLE FEST WEEKEND, AUGUST 2017.
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. More than 40 years later, Leon has finally published a book which chronicled the case. Aptly titled John Lennon v. The USA, it is published by Ankerwycke Books, an imprint of ABA Publishing, a division of the American Bar Association.
Pictured with Leon and Michael Wildes are Fest Founder and Director Mark Lapidos (standing next to Leon) and Tom Frangione, host of Sirius XM’s new Beatles Channel.
Since the book’s launch in August 2016, nearly 5000 copies have been purchased, Leon and Michael Wildes have appeared on dozens of TV and radios shows including Good Day NY and the Stolar Report, and 1000s of people have attended a “Conversation with Leon Wildes” at noteworthy institutions such as The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Leon and Michael were available throughout the three day conference to speak with Beatles fans as well as sign books.
Managing Partner Michael Wildes’ foreword includes personal anecdotes and insight into the mindset of his father Leon, with whom he has the privilege of practicing everyday.
More than fifty six years since its inception the firm continues to serve a distinguished domestic and international clientele and covers all areas of U.S. immigration law, including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications and all temporary and permanent type visas. In addition, the firm is internationally renowned for its 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, literary agents, and Fortune 500 companies. Some of the firm’s recent clients include famed artist Sarah Brightman, several Miss Universe winners as well as soccer icon Pele.
Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, Wildes & Weinberg has maintained an extraordinary track record for success in its cases and the firm’s multilingual staff is known for its experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s matter with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism.
Today, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg maintains offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and Los Angeles, California.
For media inquiries or to invite Leon and Michael Wildes to speak at your organization, contact Managing Partner Michael Wildes at Michael@wildeslaw.com.
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