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Michael S. Waddington

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Michael Waddington is a criminal defense lawyer and the author of the bestselling book, The Art of Trial Warfare. He defends cases in military courts worldwide. He also defends military personnel that are under investigation and have not yet been charged. He specializes in defending serious criminal cases including sex crimes, war crimes, violent crimes and white collar crimes.


Mr. Waddington has been reported on and quoted by hundreds of major media sources worldwide and has provided consultation services to CNN Investigative Reports, 60 Minutes, Katie Couric, ABC Nightline, the BBC, German Public Television, CNN, CBS, the 2010-211 Golden Globe winning TV series “The Good Wife” and other various international media outlets.


He appeared in a major CNN Documentary, the 2009 “Killings at the Canal” and some of his cases have been the subject of books and movies, including the Academy Award Winning Documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side,” the book, “The ‘Good Soldier’ on Trial,” and Brian De Palma’s “Redacted,” (De Palma also directed “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way”).


From 2013-2016, Mr. Waddington wrote chapters in the American Bar Association (ABA) books, “The State of Criminal Justice.” This annual publication examines major issues, trends and significant changes in the criminal justice system and is one of the cornerstones of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section’s work. This publication serves as an invaluable resource for policy-makers, academics, and students of the criminal justice system.


In June 2007, Mr. Waddington wrote an article on Court Martials and military law for the New Jersey State Bar Magazine, in the magazine’s first-ever edition focusing on Military Law and issues relevant to military personnel and veterans. This journal is the leading legal news magazine for New Jersey lawyers, judges, and lawmakers.

Mr. Waddington served two tours as an Army defense lawyer, worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and as an Army Chief of Military Justice.


Mr. Waddington provides criminal defense & trial consultation services in serious cases worldwide. In the summer of 2008, he acted as the chief trial consultant and legal strategist for 3 Israeli clients charged in Tokyo, Japan in the largest drug importation case in Japanese history. He also represents and advises American contracting companies that support the U.S. military overseas regarding criminal prosecutions, investigations and UCMJ actions.



Languages spoken: Spanish, French, English

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Practice areas


  1. Military Law: 100%
    16 years, 3 thousand cases



Hourly ($400-500/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

718 total 

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  • Ernesto Carlos Gapasin Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. Mike is one of the best in the business. I had the opportunity to work with him on a court-martial in Japan. The accused was an officer charged with 16 offenses under the UCMJ. This officer was acquitted of all charges and their specifications. It was great working with Mike.


    Ernesto Gapasin Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Timothy James Bilecki

    I have had the pleasure of personally working with Mr. Waddington, he is an aggressive and fearless trial lawyer who provides outstanding representation to his clients. He has the experience, dedication and backbone to take on the toughest cases and win. His case results speak for themselves.


    Timothy Bilecki Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Gonzalez & Waddington LLC

601 N Belair Square Ste 16
Evans, GA, 30809-4323


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200608/05/2016
SCGood Standing200503/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Quilly AwardNational Academy of Best Selling Authors2013
Army Commendation MedalU.S. Army2006
Award for Excellence in Trial AdvocacyArmy Judge Advocates General's Corps (JAG) - Criminal Law Advocacy Course2003
Army Achievement MedalU.S. Army2003
Global War on Terrorism MedalU.S. Army2002
Honors in Trial Advocacy - Integrated Trial Advocacy ProgramTemple University - James E. Beasley School of Law1999
Army Service RibbonU.S. Army1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGonzalez & Waddington, LLC2006 - Present
Assistant U.S. AttorneyDepartment Of Justice - - Special Assistant US Attorney (SAUSA)2004 - 2005
LawyerArmy Judge Advocate General Corps2001 - 2006
Legal CounselGN Diamond2000 - 2001
Legal ClinicalPhiladelphia Public Defender1999 - 1999
Legal InternUS Army Department Of Defense1999 - 1999
Research AssistantTemple University Beasley School Of Law1997 - 2000
Legal InternPhiladelphia District Attorney's Office1997 - 1998
ClerkSharlock Repcheck & Mahler, P.C.1996 - 1997
ClerkGismondi & Margolis, P.C.1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Best Selling AuthorsMember2013 - Present
American Board of Criminal LawyersFellow2013 - Present
National Association of Court Martial LawyersPresident2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
National Association of Military Defense LawyersFounding Member2006 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2006 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Pennsylvania State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Augusta Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2007
Augusta Bar Young Lawyers SectionMember2006 - 2008
Georgia State Bar Association, Military Law SectionMember2006 - 2007
South Carolina Bar, Military Law SectionMember2005 - 2007
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2004 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Naples Italy Navy Court Martial for Sexual AssaultNOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES.
United States v. TSgt at Travis Air Force Base, CANot guilty of All Charges
United States v. SGT at Fort Bliss, TXAll charges dismissed after Article 32
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association publicationThe State of Criminal Justice 20152015
Thomson ReutersThe Civilian Attorney's Guide to Winning a Court Martial2015
ABA publicationThe State of Criminal Justice 20142014
CreateSpace, Inc.Google+ for Business Owners2013
Lawyer Marketing SeriesGoogle+ for Lawyers: A Step by Step User's Guide2013
CelebrityPressDare to Succeed2013
American Bar Association publicationThe State of Criminal Justice 20132013
AmazonUpgrade Your Army Discharge: A Brief Legal Guide2011
New Jersey Lawyer MagazineCourts Martial: Process and Procedure2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
NACDL Seminar Defending the Unthinkable: Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault and Child Victims CasesSexual Assault DefenseN/A2013
National Association of Trial Lawyers: Trial Lawyers SummitAdvanced Trial AdvocacyN/A2013
NACDL Seminar DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity: "Winning at Every Level"DUI DefenseN/A2011
NACDL Sex Crime Defense Seminar: Confronting the Mob Mentality - Defending Sex CasesSexual Assault and Sex Crime DefenseN/A2011
NACDL Advanced Criminal Law SeminarWhite collar criminal defenseN/A2010
NACDL Criminal Defense Midwinter SeminarCriminal Defense and Trial AdvocacyN/A2006
US Army JAG School Criminal Law Advocacy CourseTrial AdvocacyN/A2003
US Army JAG School Tax CourseTaxN/A2002
US Army JAG School Basic CourseMilitary ScienceN/A2001
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2000
Duquesne UniversityN/ABA1997
Universidad de Alicante, SpainSpanishN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE ConferenceDealing With the Media: Protecting the Rights to a Fair Trial2013
Army Defense Lawyer CLE ConferenceAttacking Witness Credibility & Rules of Evidence2006
DoD Federal Police Officer Training ProgramFederal Criminal Procedure2005
National Defense Lawyer CLE ConferenceWitness Impeachment2004
National Military Lawyer CLE ConferenceUrinalysis Defense: Defending a Drug Use Case2003
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance ProgramIncome Tax Prep2002