Wildes & Weinberg, P.C.'s Managing Partner, Michael Wildes, was interviewed for an upcoming six-part Netflix documentary which featured the plight of two of his clients who were former FSB Officers and who defected after spying for the United States in Russia. November 2019.
Following a prolonged litigation battle, Michael assisted in securing immigration status for Janosh and Victorya Neumann, two former FSB Officers. As detailed in an article published in the UK’s The Guardian newspaper and Newsweek magazine (https://www.newsweek.com/2016/11/18/former-russian-spies-victorya-jan-neumann-fbi-portland-519309.html), the CIA invited Mr. and Ms. Neumann, former FSB officers, to come to the United States, in order to gain valuable insight into Russia’s organized crime families and corruption schemes involving high level Russian Law Enforcement Agencies and the Russian Government. They worked for the FBI and other US and UK intelligence Agencies for almost five years.
Leaving their lives and families behind in Russia, the couple arrived in the United States only for the U.S. Government to renege on its promises and seek their deportation. Michael Wildes and his firm worked with Mr. and Mrs. Neumann, local counsel, and government officials, and assisted in preparing their immigration case. Following a prolonged litigation battle, Michael successfully secured immigration status for Janosh and Victorya Neumann.
Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. was 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. The firm specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law, 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.
In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael is a three term Mayor in Englewood, New Jersey, 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. Moreover, 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.