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|The Art of Trial Warfare 9 Consecutive Months on Bestseller List||Amazon.com||2016|
|Quilly Award||National Academy of Best Selling Authors||2013|
|Army Commendation Medal||U.S. Army||2006|
|Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy||Army Judge Advocates General's Corps (JAG) - Criminal Law Advocacy Course||2003|
|Army Achievement Medal||U.S. Army||2003|
|Global War on Terrorism Medal||U.S. Army||2002|
|Honors in Trial Advocacy - Integrated Trial Advocacy Program||Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law||1999|
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|Partner||Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC||2006 - Present|
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|Legal Clinical||Philadelphia Public Defender||1999 - 1999|
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|Naples Italy Navy Court Martial for Sexual Assault||NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES.|
|United States v. TSgt at Travis Air Force Base, CA||Not guilty of All Charges|
|United States v. SGT at Fort Bliss, TX||All charges dismissed after Article 32|
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|American Bar Association publication||Book: The State of Criminal Justice 2016||2016|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Book: Pattern Cross-Examination for Sexual Assault Cases: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide||2016|
|Amazon Publishing||Book: The Art of Trial Warfare: Winning at Trial Using Sun Tzu's The Art of War||2016|
|American Bar Association publication||Book: The State of Criminal Justice 2015||2015|
|ABA publication||Book: The State of Criminal Justice 2014||2014|
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|American Bar Association publication||Book: The State of Criminal Justice 2013||2013|
|Amazon Publishing||Book: Upgrade Your Army Discharge: A Brief Legal Guide||2011|
|New Jersey Lawyer Magazine||Courts Martial: Process and Procedure||2007|
|National Trial Lawyers: Trial Lawyers Summit||Advanced Trial Advocacy||N/A||2016|
|Evaluating Truthfulness||Identifying deception using verbal and non-verbal cues||N/A||2016|
|NACDL Seminar Defending the Unthinkable: Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault and Child Victims Cases||Sexual Assault Defense||N/A||2013|
|National Association of Trial Lawyers: Trial Lawyers Summit||Advanced Trial Advocacy||N/A||2013|
|NACDL Seminar DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity: "Winning at Every Level"||DUI Defense||N/A||2011|
|NACDL Sex Crime Defense Seminar: Confronting the Mob Mentality - Defending Sex Cases||Sexual Assault and Sex Crime Defense||N/A||2011|
|NACDL Advanced Criminal Law Seminar||White collar criminal defense||N/A||2010|
|NACDL Criminal Defense Midwinter Seminar||Criminal Defense and Trial Advocacy||N/A||2006|
|US Army JAG School Criminal Law Advocacy Course||Trial Advocacy||N/A||2003|
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|National Trial Lawyers Summit 2016||The Art of Trial Warfare||2016|
|CLE Conference||Dealing With the Media: Protecting the Rights to a Fair Trial||2013|
|Army Defense Lawyer CLE Conference||Attacking Witness Credibility & Rules of Evidence||2006|
|DoD Federal Police Officer Training Program||Federal Criminal Procedure||2005|
|National Defense Lawyer CLE Conference||Witness Impeachment||2004|
|National Military Lawyer CLE Conference||Urinalysis Defense: Defending a Drug Use Case||2003|
|IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program||Income Tax Prep||2002|
Posted by Randy
My nightmare began in July of 2014 whenever I was told by NCIS that I was under investigation for sexual assault. If found in this situation, do not feel that telling NCIS the truth of your innocence will remedy the situation -- they are out to ultimately convict you in a general court martial. By my second interview with NCIS, they stacked even more charges to my charge sheet and I panicked. I scoured the internet and notified my family that I needed to hire a civilian attorney to fight these Article 120 (UCMJ) charges immediately. After talking to one particular civilian attorney who was completely unprofessional in his consultation with myself, is when I found Michael.
My first phone conversation with Michael was reassuring and comforting. The man knows military justice law in and out. He believed in my innocence from day one and his calm, professional, and collective demeanor led myself to retain his representation. I couldn't have made a better choice. Sure, some could say his fees are a bit "high" but when it came to a felony conviction, 67 years in brig confinement, sexual offender registry; this decision was an easy one to make. Money can always be repairable but the aforementioned cocktail of legal repercussions, can not be. He even worked with myself every step of the way financially because he knew I did not make a lot of money.
Michael flew out here to join my military JAG in an attempt to drop these ridiculous charges at the Article 32 hearing. Both of my "victims" refused to testify or even, show up to the hearing (March 2015). They basically accused myself of terrible crimes and we did not see them from the date of accusations (July 2014) until my general court martial (September 2015). Seriously.
Given the political agenda behind sexual assault convictions in the military that I saw from many of Michael's "Military Law Network" videos posted on his website, the preliminary hearing officer's (PHO) recommendation for referral of my charges to general court martial frustratingly came to no surprise. Even though we presented an excellent case, it was now time to prepare for the general court martial (GCM).
Months later, Michael again flew out to Italy to take on the government in my ridiculous case at my GCM. From the very first witness who testified on the stand (the main accuser in the case), Michael tore apart the credibility by forcing her to make continual contradictory statements that made absolutely no sense to the jury. At one point, his co-counsel wrote a note, stating his cross-examination of her was "a bloodbath". I couldn't agree more. He continued this expert level of questioning witnesses, tearing apart their credibility, and presenting favorable evidence at little pin-point accurate moments throughout the trial. His dismantling of credibility didn't just stop at the witnesses, he additionally called out the prosecution for a multitude of factors. The prosecution, knowing that they had a very weak case, tried shady tactics in order to somehow win a conviction: overly objecting, "cherry picking" evidence that would only support their case, berating witnesses, etc.. Michael would have none of it.
I wasn't sure where Michael was going with his closing argument but as he continued on, it was literally a masterpiece in the making. Even the people who attended the GCM asked "who is the guy in that suit that is destroying everybody in this case?". I always felt the proud sensation and urge to yell at them, "that's my attorney!". He made me that proud in the courtroom at all times.
After presenting closing arguments, the verdict finally came out after a 4.5 hour deliberation: "we find Sailor XX...NOT GUILTY on all charges and specifications.".
Please hire Michael if you are in a similar situation -- your freedom is too important to not because I can say with complete confidence, he will be your best fighting chance.
My family and I owe you everything Michael. Thank you so much.
Posted by anonymous
Micheal Waddington is hands down the best of the best! Selecting Micheal to represent me at my recent court martial was one of the best decision I could have made. Earlier on in my year long journey Micheal and his exceptional staff reached out to CID informing them that I represented and to leave me alone.
Micheal work deligently on my case developing case strategy, gathering evidence and filing critical motions which would eventually lead to my full acquittal of several specifications of Article 120, 134 and 92 charges.
Being tried at general court martial is one of the scariest things I have ever done in my life. Regardless of the evidence in the case the government is coming after you and you are in a fight for your life. Forget the innocent until proving guilty, I'm telling you from experience that you are Guility until you can prove your innocent. Anyone that tellsyou any different has probably never faced 60 years, separation from their family and a complete erase of over a decade of exceptional service to their country. You are Guility until you can prove that your innocent and that's the bottom line! The government has unlimited resources and if you'refacing a sexual assault trail, then the alleged victim has at least three lawyers free of charge at his/her disposal. The Special Victim Counsel, Trial Counsel and the very vicious Special Victim Prosecutor. You my friend have a Trail Counsel whom you will only get assigned after charges have been preferred against you.
So much can go wrong for you during the investigation, charges being preferred and being assigned a trial counsel. As I stated earlier Micheal contacted CID special agents and advised them to leave me alone, with a good lawyer you wont be hounded by CID Agents who claim they want to help. CID is not your friend and they have absolutely no other desire than to aid the government's team of lawyers in gathering information to convict you.
You need a Lawyer, I will warn you however that not all lawyers are equal and sometimes you get exactly what you pay for. If you are facing serious criminal charges than you need a lawyer that has the experience in dealing with such manners. If you are facing a sexual assault allegation there is a 95% or better chance that you are going to trail. I'm sorry to break the news to you but get it in your head I'm in a fight for my life and I'm going to trial. You need a lawyer that has tried cases to verdicts with successful results.
I'm telling you from months of research, that Micheal Waddington is the best lawyer that money can buy. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't trust my life in the hands of no one other than Micheal Waddington. At trail Micheal meticulously exploited all of the weaknesses in the government case. Micheal took the fight to the government and after cross examination of the first witness, he had to government in a defensive posture. At the end of the first day of my trail Micheal was so effective that the government was attempting to offer plea deals, I watched him laugh in their face!!!!
The second day I testified and was well prepared as a result of Micheal preparing me. Then came the scariest 3 hours of my life after the SVP made me look like the worst person that ever walked the planet, Micheal was up and he in a very calm manner changed the perspective of virtually everyone in the room in regards to facts in the case and the type of Soldier I had been and currently was.
Sitting in that waiting room for the decision to come down I remember walking past a table were in plain sight were two boxes containing leg irons and hand cuffs. I say yet again you are in a battle for your life. If it had not been for the exceptional work of Micheal, I wouldnt be typing this messageI. I would be wearing those leg irons and convicted of a crime I didn't even commit. You may think you can't afford a civilian lawyer, I personally feel that you can't not afford one! MICHEAL WADDINGTON!!!!
Ernesto Gapasin, Military law Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
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.
Timothy Bilecki, Military law Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
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.
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