Michael J. Wildes


270 Madison Avenue, Suite 1400
New York, NY 10016-0603
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Michael Wildes’ practice is devoted to representing clients in all aspects of immigration law. He is considered a leading expert in the field. 

He regularly consults and renders legal services with regard to employment-based immigration, job portability, worldwide U.S. consular practice, remedies for status violations, mergers and acquisitions, immigration-related corporate policies, crisis communication, government investigations, waivers of ineligibility, employer sanctions, legislative advocacy and immigration/naturalization-related litigation.

Michael also provides assistance with immigration I-9 audits and advice to assure compliance with government mandated information and recordkeeping requirements.

He has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation and is internationally renowned for his successful representation of several defectors who have provided difficult-to-obtain national security information.

Michael appears frequently on network television as a legal commentator/analyst, most recently in connection with the terrorist threats facing the United States.  

Representative Matters

Represented Saudi Arabian diplomat Mohammed Al-Khilewi, who defected after walking off with incriminating evidence of international terrorism and espionage.

Secured the cooperation of accused terrorist Hani Al-Sayegh, who was implicated in the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, an atrocity in which 19 U.S. servicemen lost their lives.

Represented Shoebomber Hero Kwame James, who subdued terrorist Richard Reid on board American Airlines Flight 63, saving the lives of 197 passengers and crew members.

Honors and Awards

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Appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss New York City Mayor DeBlasio’s initiative on immigration:

Michael Wildes provided former Miss Universe from Mexico, Ximena Navarette, her O-1 visa:


Taking Our Medicine: Pressing Need for Immigration Reform by Michael J. Wildes - New Jersey Law Journal, December 2, 2010

Immigration Law: H-1B Site Visits and Form I-9 Audits: What You Should Know About These Latest Enforcement Trends by Michael J. Wildes - New Jersey Law Journal, April 12, 2010

Bringing Immigration into the 21st Century by Michael J. Wildes - New Jersey Law Journal, February 15, 2010

New Form I-9: Effective April 3, 2009

"A New Remedy in ICE’s Arsenal: Debarment," The Immigration Compliance Book, 2009-2010 Edition

“Local Law Enforcement and Immigration: Community Conflict in the Making,” by Michael J. Wildes, Immigration Law Today, September/October 2008

"Michael J. Wildes: Leading by Example," Lifestyles Magazine, October 2007

"The Rationale Behind Sanctuary Cities,"  New Jersey Municipalities, October 2007

"In America’s War on Terrorism, the Rights of Aliens Must End Where the Right to American Security Begins," The Bergen Record, September 2001

Statement Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives, May 18, 1999


Immigration Reform Panelist, “Strategy Room,” Fox News Channel, June 23, 2009

“Immigration Issues and Their Impact on Our Communities,” A Forum for Bergen Country Leaders and Residents, March, 12, 2009

“Moving Your Workforce Between the U.S. & Australia Today,” Stirling Henry Migration Services Seminar, New York, NY, January 21, 2009

Memberships and Activities

Mayor, City of Englewood, New Jersey, 2004 to present

Former Federal Prosecutor, United States Attorneys’ Office, 1989-1993

Selective Service Adjudication Board

Beyond the Law

“I’m married and the father of four. I enjoy watching old films and reading books on politics and world history.”