Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pictured with firm’s client,  Israeli singing sensation Gad Elbaz, and Israeli rapper and record producer, Subliminal, March 2018. The firm obtained an O-1 visa for Gad Elbaz.


Gad Elbaz is an Israeli Jewish singing sensation who achieved international success at a very young age. From the time he was a youngster, he was composing his own material and appeared on stage with his father, Benny Elbaz, also a popular Israeli singer. Gad has recorded several albums, both in Hebrew and in English, and is known for capturing the ear of both the observant and secular listener. He hopes that his music can help bridge the gap between different people’s viewpoints during their lives.

Subliminal, started performing music at age 12 and today, is known as one of the creators of “Zionist hip-hop”. In addition, he is one of the judges on The X Factor Israel, the Israeli version of the British television music competition, The X Factor.

Founded in 1960 by Michael’s father, 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 and documentaries, Wildes & Weinberg specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law. More than fifty eight 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 to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and two international/corporate law firm and 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 recent clients include famed artist Sarah Brightman, several Miss Universe winners as well as soccer icon Pele and Chef Jean-Georges. 

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.  In addition, 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. 

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.

For more information on U.S. immigration laws, please visit our Immigration 101 page or contact Michael Wildes at to schedule a consultation.


Wildes Weinberg has a competent team of professionals, and it was a pleasure working with them. The whole staff was always very friendly and accommodating, which made the process become a very positive experience. Knowledgeable lawyers, great people,...

Mariane Cole

Wildes and Weinberg were very helpful with my case. They were extremely efficient, knowledgeable, responsive and professional during the entire H1B visa application process. I felt that they cared about the case’s outcome just as much as I did. I ...

Yariv Bensira

Michael Wildes and his colleagues - are an absolutely wonderful team to work with. Always very punctual, supportive, friendly, clear, highly professional. I’m very excited to have received my Green Card! Lots of things had to be done but “Wildes ...

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