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leon wildes and the lennon case – montreal (quebec)

The art of John and Yoko, which focuses on the collaborative art projects for peace undertaken by Yoko Ono and John Lennon, is currently on exhibit at the Foundation Phi in Montreal, QC. The final piece of the carefully curated exhibit shows John and Yoko, together with Founding Partner Leon Wildes, during their 1973 press conference, in which they announced the idea of “Nutopia” while fighting to remain in the United States. On a recent trip to Canada, Leon Wildes’ granddaughters paid tribute to their grandfather and posed alongside the picture. August 2019.


Wildes & Weinberg opened in 1960 and is perhaps best known for Leon Wildes’ successful representation of former Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in their deportation matter, the circumstances of which have inspired several films and documentaries. The firm’s Managing Partner, Michael Wildes ( Leon’s son) still represents Yoko Ono Lennon on her immigration related matters and still specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law. It has a distinguished domestic and international clientele, and can assist with any type of immigration matter including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications, all temporary and permanent type visas, and U.S. citizenship. 

Between 1971 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 and which paved the way for DACA.

Leon Wildes’ long-awaited memoirs of the case aptly titled John Lennon vs. the published by Ankerwycke Books, an imprint of ABA Publishing, a division of the American Bar Association.

Since the books launch in August 2016, nearly 5000 copies have been purchased, Leon and his son, Michael Wildes, the Managing Partner of the firm, who also wrote the foreword to the book,  have appeared on dozens of TV and radios shows including Good Day NY,  The Michael Stolar Show, The Lawrence O’Donnell Show, and more than 1000 people have attended a “Conversation with Leon Wildes”, at noteworthy institutions such as The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum.  The book has been reviewed and discussed by Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, The NY Post, and many other impressive periodicals.      

Michael Wildes is the firm’s Managing Partner and is also currently serving his third term as Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey.  Moreover, he 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. Michael is internationally renowned for his 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, photographers, stylists, and literary agents. Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and First Lady Melania Trump and her family.

Today, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg, maintains offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey,  Miami, Florida, and a presence in Los Angeles, California and continues to maintain its stellar reputation in the field of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.

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