Mayor Michael Wildes
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Michael Wildes was elected in November of 2018. He is the managing partner with the leading immigration law firm of Wildes and Weinberg, P.C. . It was established in 1960 by his father Leon Wildes whose best known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings.
Mayor Wildes serves as of counsel to several international law firms and Lincoln Center . He is an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and teaches two classes one he inaugurated on Business Immigration Law. He is a former federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn (1989-1993) and author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door (Foreword by Alan Dershowitz).
Having represented the United States government in immigration proceedings, Michael Wildes is a frequent participant on professional panels and commentator on network television and radio with regard to immigration law. He has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation and is internationally renowned for his successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients. Some of Michael Wildes recent clients include First Lady Melania Trump, famed artists Sarah Brightman, Lionel Richie, Boy George, many of the former Miss Universes’ as well as soccer icon Pele, master Chef Jean-Georges, and other talented artists.
Michael Wildes was also previously a two-term mayor of Englewood, New Jersey (2004-2010), and before that a two-term Englewood Councilman (1998-2004). He and his wife Amy have four children.