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michael wildes secures visa for miss universe® 2010

Wildes & Weinberg continues long-standing tradition of representing Miss Universe contestants

NEW YORK, NY—October 18, 2010-Wildes & Weinberg is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Michael Wildes secured a work visa for Jimena Navarrete, Miss Universe® 2010. She has been approved for her U.S. visa based on her outstanding work in her field.  Miss Navarrete was born and raised in Guadalajara, the capital city of Jalisco, Mexico.  She is only the second Mexican woman to win the highly sought after Miss Universe title, after Lupita Jones in 1991.  Both women were crowned in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Wildes was invited to Las Vegas by the Miss Universe Organization to congratulate her.

This marks the fourth Miss Universe the firm has represented. Michael Wildes has, most recently, provided legal counsel to Stefania Fernandez, Miss Universe® 2009, and Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, who both recently were approved for green cards.  Mr. Wildes father, Leon Wildes previously assisted Rita Messinger, Miss Universe 1976, acquire U.S. citizenship. 

Michael Wildes, former Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, is a Managing Partner of Wildes & Weinberg, P.C., the premier law firm specializing exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law. With offices in Manhattan and New Jersey, the firm has built a sterling reputation with a specialization in obtaining the prestigious O-1 visa for outstanding individuals across industries such as professional sports, couture fashion and modeling, entertainment, and music. He has served as counsel to esteemed clientele—including the likes of Valentino, Bulgari, Vera Wang, Yoko Ono, Gisele Bundchen, Greg Norman, Sarah Brightman, Virginia Wade, and world-renowned athletes in the NHL and NBA, and recently the newly revived New York Cosmos etc.—all in their efforts to pursue professional careers in the United States.

Michael Wildes is a former Federal Prosecutor (1989-1993) and Mayor (2004-2010). He has represented the United States Government in immigration proceedings, and now in private practice, has become internationally renowned for successfully representing several defectors who provided hard-to-obtain national security information to the United States. As Mayor, he obtained an injunction to prevent Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi from residing in New Jersey during the 2009 U.N. Summit.

About Wildes & Weinberg P.C.

Founded in 1960, Wildes & Weinberg P.C. is the premier law firm in the United States concentrating exclusively on the immigration and nationality field.  The firm grew out of the practice of Leon Wildes, Esq., a distinguished immigration practitioner in New York City who also represented a Miss Universe winner, Rina Messinger, in 1976.  Its original clientele consisted of individuals, rather than corporations, who had been placed in deportation or exclusion proceedings or were otherwise in jeopardy.  The practice expanded steadily as word of its outstanding achievements in individual cases spread in the international community (including the firm’s representation of former Beatle John Lennon in deportation proceedings), attracting clients from around the world.  Today the firm continues this illustrious tradition with a staff over 40 individuals, all experts in the field of U.S. immigration and nationality law, in its New York City and Englewood, New Jersey offices.  The firm is known for its prompt and efficient service.  Despite its steady growth over the past 52 years, the hallmark of the law practice remains the individualized attention to its clients’ needs.

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Katie Han
5W Public Relations


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