Marijan Cvjeticanin, Esq, is a founder and managing partner of the Firm. His personal story is a story of a remarkable success, a true American success story, confirming that the American dream is very much alive today, and that America is a promised land for those who are smart, young, educated and determined to succeed.
Marijan was born in the picturesque Croatian Mediterranean City of Rijeka, located close to the Italian border. He completed elementary and high school in the Croatian Capital Zagreb, and graduated from the University of Zagreb School of Law with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Degree as a VALEDICTORIAN. University of Zagreb, Croatia, was founded in 1669 and is the most prestigious institution of higher learning in Croatia. During his law studies he was a Managing Editor of the Student (University) Journal and the President of the Publishing Council of a leading youth Weekly Magazine in Croatia, and also published greatly in both legal and other journals and newspapers. After graduation from the University of Zagreb School of Law, he shortly worked for the Croatian Department of Justice, Institute for Public Administration.
In 1989 Marijan was admitted to graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where in 1991 he graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Relations and International Economics. During his studies at the Johns Hopkins University, he held summer internship at Proctor & Gamble, Italy, and after graduation worked for the Lehman Brothers in New York and the Law Firm of Irvin & Ellis in Washington, DC.
From 1995 to 1996 Marijan worked at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as an Advisor (Liaison Officer) of IFAD agency to the U.N. Headquarters and in this capacity was a Member of the UN Information Committee, and participated in the work of the UN ACC (Administrative Committee on Coordination), and UN JCGP (Joint UN Inter-agency Policy Coordination Group). He represented IFAD before the office of the Secretary General of the United Nations and during the meetings of the ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Counsel), UN General Assembly and other UN bodies.
In September 1996 Marijan started working for the highly prestigious immigration and nationality law firm of Wildes & Weinberg, PC, in New York, first as a paralegal/corporate account manager and later as a fully licensed attorney associate and Corporate Practice Group Manager. He managed corporate immigration accounts of the most prestigious Fortune 500 Corporations and also coordinated Green Card and immigration filings for banks such as JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, as well as hedge funds and high net worth individuals. Since some of these Fortune 500 company accounts consisted of hundreds of individual employee application matters, Marijan managed and coordinated the work of at least 2 other attorneys and 2-4 paralegals and legal and IT specialists. Corporate Practice Group, under his management, prepared and filed thousands of non-immigrant work visas and extensions such as H-1B, L-1, TNs, and hundreds of EB-2 and EB-3 PERM-based Green Cards annually, From 2007 to 2012, at any time, he had under a direct management at least 300-400 individual corporate immigration matters with no filing deadlines or appeals lost ever.
While working full time at Wildes & Weinberg, managing 300-400 individual corporate immigration matters, and also having a family, Marijan also attended part time New York Law School from 2004 to 2007 and completed all necessary J.D. level course requirements (in excess of 30 credits) for the purposes of taking and passing New York State Bar Exam and becoming a licensed attorney in the State of New York, able and licensed to practice federal law such as Immigration Law in any state in the United States, not only in New York.
Marijan left Wildes & Weinberg in September 2012 to open his own office at the current location at 415 Madison Avenue, and is admitted to practice in the State of New York (New York State Court of Appeals and all courts), to the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York and to the United States Courts of Appeal for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania).
Thanks to his significant pro-bono legal work, particularly in the area of immigration litigation and political asylums, in 2011 he was awarded a prestigious title Member of the Empire State Counsel by the President of the New York State Bar Association, and became one of the community leaders, contributors and organizers in his former Yugoslavian and Eastern European Community in New York and Chicago.
In addition to his court admissions and awards, Marijan serves or served in the following positions:
Co-Chair of the Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) of the New York Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association AILA (by appointment of the Executive Board);
Member of the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative Council, American Bar Association (ABA – by Presidential Appointment only), two special counselors to the Council where Marijan is a member are The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, a retired US Supreme Court Judge, and The Honorable Abner Mikva, a retired Chief Justice of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia;
Member of the Coordinating Committee on UN and International Institutions, Committee on International Courts and the Committee on Export Controls and International Sanctions of the Section of International Law, American Bar Association;
Member of the Federal Courts Committee and Immigration Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association;
Member of the Immigration Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association;