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ABOUT MICHAEL WILDES
Michael Jay Wildes (born November 27, 1964) is an American immigration lawyer and politician who served as the 36th Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey. A member of the Democratic Party, Wildes served as a Federal Prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York and as a City Councilman for Englewood before he was elected mayor in 2003. He was reelected in 2006. A nationally recognized authority on American immigration law, Wildes has been called “attorney to the stars” for his success in defending the immigration rights of his clients, many of whom are celebrities. Wildes is the managing partner of the law firm Wildes and Weinberg PC. He also serves as immigration counsel to Pavia & Harcourt LLP, Saiber, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Born in New York City, Wildes is a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he currently teaches immigration law as an adjunct professor. A community activist since the age of 14, Wildes was an auxiliary police officer with the New York Police Department from 1982 to 1992, during which time he was also a member of Community Board 6, a member of the Local Claims and Adjudication Board of New York State, and a candidate for Democratic District Leader of the 28th Assembly District of New York State. In 1989, Wildes became a federal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office, where he participated in several high-profile cases, including a corruption case involving former U.S. Congressman Mario Biaggi. In 1993, Wildes joined the law firm Wildes and Weinberg PC, where he represented several defectors who had provided difficult to obtain national security information to the United States, as well as high-profile immigrant parents who had been separated from their children. Wildes also obtained visas, green cards, and United States citizenship for his foreign clients, many of whom are well-known artists, athletes, models, and businesspeople.
In 1998, Wildes was elected to the Englewood, New Jersey City Council, serving two terms until 2003. He testified in front of Congress about anti-terrorism legislation in 1999, at the request of U.S. Representative Rob Andrews. In 2003, Wildes ran for Mayor of the City of Englewood, New Jersey, a position he held for two terms from 2004 to 2010.