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leon and michael wildes attend jewish heritage reception at gracie mansion


Bill de Blasio, The Mayor of the City of New York, and Chirlane McCray, The First Lady of the City of New York, held their annual Jewish Heritage Reception at Gracie Mansion last evening, June 26, 2018. Hundreds of Jewish leaders attended the kosher barbeque which was held on the lawn overlooking the East River.

Wildes & Weinberg’s Founding and Managing Partners, Leon and Michael Wildes, enjoyed speaking with local, state, federal, and international leaders including Consul General of Israel, Dani Dayan, Council member for the 48th District of the New York City Council, Chaim Deutsch, Orthodox rabbi and the CEO of the Orthodox Union Kosher Division, Rabbi Menachem Genack, as well as many other illustrious members of the Jewish community.

Wildes & Weinberg is a boutique law firm specializing exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law and was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner Leon Wildes, whose best-known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings, the circumstances of which have inspired several films, books, and documentaries.

Today the firm, which has offices in New York City, Englewood, New Jersey,  Miami, Florida, and by appointment in Los Angeles, California, services 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 to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael is also of counsel to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and two international/corporate law firms. A former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn (1989-1993), Michael has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation, and is a frequent participant on professional panels and commentator on network television and radio with regard to US immigration law, employer sanction work and compliance.

Michael also served  two terms (2004-2010) as the Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, where he recently won the democratic primary for Mayor once again,  was appointed to the District Appeals Board of the Selective Service System for the State of New Jersey, was a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Blue Panel on Immigration, and has been a guest lecturer at many distinguished forums and institutions including Yale University, New York University, Brooklyn Law School, and The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where Michael is an Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration Law. 

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, Wildes & Weinberg has maintained an extraordinary track record for success for its cases.  Moreover, the firm’s multilingual  staff is known for its experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism. 

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