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Leon Wildes, American lawyer, educator. Bar: New York 1958, United States District Court (southern district) New York 1960, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1961.


Wildes, Leon was born on March 4, 1933 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States.


Bachelor magna cum laude, Yeshiva University, New York City, 1954. Juris Doctor, New York University, 1957. Master of Laws, New York University, 1959.


Worked at Wildes and Weinberg (New York, NY) specializing in Immigration and Nationality Law. Admitted to the bar, 1958, New York. 1960, United States. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

1961, United States. Supreme Court. Member, Board of Editors, Immigration Law and Procedure Reporter, Matthew Bender, 1986—. Contributing Author: Immigration Practice Strategy Volume, Gordon and Mailman, 1986—.

Author: "United States. Immigration Service vs. John Lennon-The Cultural Lag," 40 Brooklyn Law Review 270, Vol XL, No.

2, 1973; "Review of Denial of Visa," Interpreter Releases, December 4, 9, 1959. "The Litigative Use of the Freedom of Information Act," 14 San Diego Law Review 42, 1976. "The Operations Instructions of the Immigration Service: Internal Guides or Binding Rules?" 17 San Diego Law Review 99, 1979.

"The Need for a Specialized Immigration Court," 18 San Diego Law Review 53, 1980. "Exclusion and Deportation," P.L.I. Handbook #167, 1980. "Temporary Work Visas," and "Assisting Entertainers with Immigration," P.L.I. Handbook # 233, 1983;"Representing the Investor and the Self Employed," P.L.I. Handbook #314, 1986.

"Canadian-United States. Free Trade Agreement," P.L.I. Handbook #362, 1988. "Immigration Act of 1990," P.L.I. Handbook #414, 1991.

"Revised Grounds of Exclusion," P.L.I. Handbook #422, 1991. "The Dilemma of the Refugee: His Standard for Relief," 4 Cardozo Law Review 353, 1983. Co-author: with David Grunblatt, "Domicile for Immigration and Federal Gift and Estate Tax Purposes—Is A Harmonious Rule Possible?" 21 San Diego Law Review 113, 1983.

Editor: "Immigration and Nationality Law," Symposium of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1983. "Visa Processing," 1984 Symposium. "Labor Certification and Permanent Employment," 1985 and 1986 Symposia.

"Registry," 1987 Symposium. "Consular Nonreviewability-A Reexamination," Interpreter Releases, Volume 64, No. 34, 1987; "Review of Visa Denials: The American Consul As 20th Century Absolute Monarch," 26 San Diego Law Review 887, 1989.

Adjunct Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1981—. Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member, Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law, 1995—) and American Bar Associations. American Immigration Lawyers Association (National President, 1970-1971.

Member, Board of Governors, 1971—. Co-Chair, Ethics Committee, 1993—). Founded in 1960 by Leon Wildes, the Senior Partner, the firm has concentrated in the field of immigration and nationality law, and now ranks as one of the country's leading firms in this area of practice.

Noted for its prompt, efficient service and individualized attention to its clients' needs, it represents a broad spectrum of individual and corporate clients in securing all types of temporary and permanent visas and admissions to the United States, citizenship and other benefits.


Member American Bar Association, Association of Bar of City of New York (committee immigration and nationality law 1975-1978, 88-91, 95-98), American Immigration Lawyers Association (national president 1970-1971, board governors since 1971, co-chair ethics committee 1993-1996, editor Immigration and Nationality Law Symposium 1983, Elmer Fried Excellence Teaching award 1998, Edith Lowenstein award Outstanding Contribution Immigration Practice).