5.0 stars 50 totalReview Michael Waddington
Posted by Beverley
Our nightmare began on September 17, 2015. Our nightmare ended on August 11, 2016. My son was wrongfully charged with 17 counts of rape and sexual assault It lasted 11 long months. On Thursday, August 9th, a jury rendered a verdict of not guilty of all the major charges, In addition, he retained his job in the Coast Guard and that in itself was unheard of. It was a miracle, and responsible for that miracle was God through our prayers and Michael Waddington and his defense team. They gave my son his honor and his life back, they gave us all our lives back.
We had lost hope, we were in despair when he agreed to take the case. Previous lawyers had told us there was little chance that it would turn out well. It was a David and Goliath scenario and we could not win against the mighty Coast Guard even if my son was innocent. Michael Waddington believed in my son and he won the case against all odds.
He and his wife Alexandra put in time and effort above what was expected of a lawyer, dealing with our family stress and continuous doubt and uncertainty. They worked hard, they put in long hours and they never let my son give up.
We thank God for the blessing of obtaining their professional services and wining back my son's career and in doing so, preventing an injustice in a complicated and unfair legal military system.
Our family will never be able to repay the debt of gratitude we owe to him and his team.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Posted by Robert & Jade Munday
Michael Waddington did a outstanding job in advising & helping us thru an extremely difficult time. Sadly my brother in law who is serving in the Us Coast Guard, was wrongfully accused of false rape and abuse allegations by his wife. I attended 11 days of this very long trial. I was so extremely honored and fortunate enough to see Michael defend my brother inlaw with everything he had. I can’t even begin to tell you how this man worked his magic, in the court room everyday, minute by minute ,hour by hour and day by day. Michael is an attorney who is honest, aggressive, hard-working, and who definitely knows the law. Michael takes time to do his research,to learn the facts, and he tells it to you straight. His presence in court is so intriguing . Michael was always prepared to handle the unexpected and was the best in presenting any argument. His cross examinations were to the point but deadly! His jury presentations were smooth,precise and information packed. He really cares about his client and their family. He will always treated my wife and I and all my brother in laws supporters with the utmost respect and dignity. After seeing and hearing the allegations that my brother in law was was facing, I knew it was going to be a “uphill battle” . Michael climbed those hills and he never looked back not even once. I cannot overstate to you the importance of choosing the right attorney to represent you when you face criminal charges. It is the single most important decision of your life that you will make!
Michael Waddington hands down is the best person you can trust to represent you. There is not better defense attorney. Michael I can’t thank you enough from the bottom of our hearts for never giving up, and for believing he was innocent!
"Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack."
Posted by Mariam Zaki
I hired Mr. Waddington to defend my friend who was facing the court martial of the century, 17 charges of rape/sexual assault and domestic violence by his scorned wife. They were all false and we needed someone to believe in him and fight for him. He was in pretrial confinement and had another lawyer representing him that was useless. I decided to do some research on replacing that lawyer and found Mr. Waddington. From the very first moment the response at the Waddington-Gonzalez law firm was impressive. Within a day of contacting them Michael spoke to me for over 2 hours to understand the ins and outs of the case fully. He is the smartest lawyer I have ever encountered and I have dealt with a lot, he pays attention to every detail and puts his all in his cases. Him and his partner Alexandra are the most professional team you could find. Over the course of 10 months, they fiercely defended my friend, Michael spent countless hours preparing him for trial, gathering every piece of evidence, talking to every witness, formulating strategies and keeping us informed all the way through. Alexandra took the time to explain to us complex legal terms and the different rules of military law, she would update us regularly on any progress with the case and communicate with us when Michael was busy. At the trial, he outsmarted a whole set of prosecuting attorneys, wowed the court room with his knowledge of the law and defended my friend to his last breath! He got some charges dropped during the trial, and secured a non guilty verdict on all the rest. From opening to closing arguments he was excellent. His cross examination of witnesses especially those who were lying was fantastic, not one person who lied got away with it. His dedication to have justice for his clients is unparalleled and we owe him our lives. If you are in need of someone to believe in you against all odds look no further! Michael Waddington is the master of Trial Warfare and he won't let you down.
Posted by Zane Josi
It started on 22 September 2015. My wife falsely accused me of rape and domestic violence. She found out that I was cheating on her with 2 younger woman. My wife told the Coast Guard that I had violently raped and beat her. I had 17 charges of which, 5 were forcible rape. I was facing life without parole, if convicted on just one rape charge. This was truly a "Gone Girl" saga and little did I know, that my wife had framed me for these serious allegations beginning early on in our marriage. I hired Mr. Jordan who after 2 months told me to plead guilty as the evidence was stacked against me. I fired Mr. Jordan and with the help of a dear friend hired Mr. Michael Waddington. It was the best decision I had made and it literally saved my life. If you want a lawyer who will fight for you to the end, then Michael is your guy. If the cards are stacked against you and you feel like you have no way out then hire Michael. I can honestly say this man is an absolute genius in the courtroom and his courtroom tactics, from opening to closing statements, brutal cross examination strategies, will totally mesmerize everyone in the court room----including the prosecution. I was found not guilty of rape and domestic violence. It was an 11 day trial. Michael never gave up- He was my general and I trusted him to lead me into battle and we were victorious. His wife and law partner, Alexandra is compassionate and professional and is always available to assist when Michael is busy. Do not doubt his abilities, trust him to lead you to victory!
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Not only was I mesmerized so was the prosecution, jurors, spectators, and the bailiff because he wanted Mr. Waddington's phone number after the trial. His Opening statements, lethal cross-examinations and Game over closing statements made me feel like choosing him was the best choice after vetting at least 5 attorneys.
Posted by CAHJ
My ordeal started in August 2014 with a false allegation of sexual assault. I called numerous law firms and was told many times that it was best for me to take a plea deal, this was even before they heard my side of the story. Once I contacted Mr. Waddington, he immediately eased my fears and told me to explain everything to him. Once I did this he comforted me and said that he would do everything in his power for a great outcome. Once I retained him, CID and my chain of command stopped bothering me. 12 months after the initial investigation the CID investigation came back "unfounded" and proved that my accuser was a liar. At this point I thought that everything was over but knowing the Army it was far from over. In September 2015 they notified me that I would be facing an elimination board due to the evidence that refuted that I was a rapist. I was not worried and retained Michael once again. The Army was trying to kick me out with no benefits and an other than honorable discharge. At the conclusion of the board I got to keep my benefits and also a nice $3,403 tax free check ($40,826 annually) for the rest of my life. I could not be happier. Michael is an EXCELLENT attorney and he is well respected in the legal community. Be weary of hiring known lawyers, just because they are known does not mean that they are respected. If you are facing any sort of legal issues please do not hesitate to contact him.
Posted by nathan casciato
In early 2015 after 8 years of marriage, I found myself in the middle of a contentious divorce and custody battle, facing three counts of sexual assault and one count of physical assault. I thought cooperating with CGIS as well as turning over my phone (since I had nothing to hide) would absolve me of these accusations. It did NOT. Everything I said, CGIS twisted or used out of context to incriminate me. They even quoted biblical versus and insinuated that if my wife was having an affair it was my fault in some way.
After my Article 32 hearing I asked my sister if she thought I should utilize Mr. Waddington. It was clear at that point the Coast Guard was determined to prosecute me and was in fact not on my side. However, I was already under a crushing amount of legal fees and the gamble of spending so much money on a person I had never seen work or even met in person was a bit daunting. My sister reminded me how displeased the prosecution was to hear I had retained him. She asked the all-important question: "How much is your freedom worth?" From that point on, there was no question, I was moving forward as planned. This decision was further validated when someone overheard the prosecutor speaking with the local legal assistance openly about my case and stated how surprised they were that I hired a very powerful and well known attorney who liked to, “go all the way”.
I spent a lot of time gathering as much evidence as I could to prove my innocence as well as give my attorneys enough material to build a case. Due to shield laws that protect alleged victims, it can make entering relevant information nearly impossible. On more than one occasion I wasn't even sure if we could utilize the fact she was having an affair as evidence. This was a corner stone of our defense, but Mr. Waddington and as well as my JAG made sure we were able too.
After fourteen months of uncertainty and with 90.5 years of prison time hanging over my head as well as sex offender status, my court martial began. Mr. Waddington and my JAG worked together seamlessly as if they had been working together for years. They planned for every contingency and were able to completely discredit my wife. Mr. Waddington got her to admit at one point that she had planned out some or all of these lies and that she was even abusive towards me. Every lie she told allowed us to utilize text messages, notes, threats and voicemails I had amassed over the last year. When she denied something we had in writing, he pointed at my JAG who had his iPad connected to the TV in the room. Mr. Waddington then read her own text message to the contrary of what she was saying. At one point the tally of lies we could prove she was telling was roughly 37. Together they destroyed her credibility, character, and through a well laid out timeline of events, were able to raise some serious questions about her motives behind these allegations. The prosecution could barely obtain an objection to our lines of questioning. Mr. Waddington and my JAG had planned one, if not three other arguments as to why this questioning or evidence was admissible.
On the last day, a large audience had gathered to hear closing statements and the verdict. After only 40 minutes of deliberation, the jury had come to a decision… Innocent of all charges! After fourteen months of hell I had my life and future back. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to help protect me. If you are considering Mr. Waddington as a perspective defense attorney and wondering if all of his accolades are self-promotion and promises he can’t follow through on, I assure you they are NOT. He and his wife are an amazing team. They will fight for you, and genuinely care about their clients. I will never be able to thank them enough. Thank you for protecting my freedom and getting my life back!
Posted by Nathaniel
After a urinalysis I was accused of taking prescription medication that was not prescribed to me; drugs which I have never consumed. I hired Michael Waddington when my chain of command appointed an investigating officer that wanted to question me. Michael was an intermediary between me and my chain of command, which protected me from being taking advantage of. He assisted with submitting evidence from a hair follicle drug tested that showed I had not consumed any drugs. He also assisted with finding someone to conduct a polygraph, the result of which was that I was telling the truth and had not consumed the drugs. The case took seven months, but ended in my favor without any negative actions taken against me.
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I am stationed overseas and After being preferred severe charges by the government from a NCIS sting unfairly targeting the wrong people. I was removed from my job, had my security clearance suspended, and appointed a military attorney in another country that told me I was looking at prison time even before he had seen the evidence. Despite the fact that I felt I was innocent of these charges, I shouldered the weight of them and lost any hope of the truth prevailing. I was an emotional mess and already starting to accept that I was going to prison so started seeing a psychologist.
I began researching life in federal prisons online before my psychologist and wife told me to stop feeling sorry for myself and research civilian lawyers to fight this! The first site I researched was Michaels. I read all of his reviews and for the first time in 3 weeks, my stomach wasn't in knots and I had hope again! Hope can make all the difference when losing your life as you know it is on the line!
Michael took my case and after our first conversation, I realized I would be going into battle with a warrior on my side! He believed my side of the story despite the evidence the government had. The government was trying to take my life away and now they were going to have to earn it! Michael more than evened the odds and put the prosecution on edge because they knew they were in for a fight!
At trial, Michael proved why he is the best in his field! He is a trial tactician that made the prosecution look like amateurs! He cross examined the lead NCIS investigator witness and destroyed all of his credibility and exposed his incompetence! I actually almost felt bad for the guy who was trying to send me to prison.
So if you are fortunate enough to hire Michael, don't get worried that he isn't working your case because he didn't immediately return your email or doesn't give you day to day updates. He is a highly sought out attorney that stays busy and takes your life seriously. Trust in his experience and skills because this guy can literally develope an effective strategy the day before trial!
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I hired Michael and Alexandra after firing another civilian lawyer. I made a big mistake in hiring the first lawyer. His website looked pretty, but he was a fraud. When he started pushing me to plead guilty and do 2 years in jail the day after I paid him for the 32, I knew I had to find someone I could trust. I knew there was evidence against me, but I wanted a fighting chance.
I first talked to Alexandra and she made me feel there was hope and that I had a chance of avoiding a conviction and being a sex offender, which where my goals. Their fee was higher than most of the other lawyers I talked to and double what my first lawyer charged, but it was nothing compared to a lifetime as a registered sex offender. Both Michael and Alexander worked on my case so I got two lawyers for the price.
When I talked to Michael, he laid out the defense strategies and techniques we could use to either win the case or avoid a court martial. It was obvious he knew what he was doing. He knew pleading guilty was not an option for me and he never brought it up. He didn’t make empty promises and he was straightforward. Michale said the prosecutor has two choices. Drop the charges and let me out of the military or prove their case to a jury.
My case was scheduled for a trial and I was getting nervous but I had faith that they were my best chance. A few weeks before the trial, I got a call with good news. The prosecution was now willing to dismiss the charges and let me out of the military instead of going to court. I am not sure what happened behind the scenes, but it was better than the 2 year deal my other lawyer negotiated. I jumped at the opportunity and now I moved on with my life and I’m finishing college. If I didn’t hire the Waddington’s theres a good chance I would be sitting in jail and my life would be ruined.
If you find yourself in a legal problem, don't waste your time, call the Waddington’s and save yourself all the frustration and worry.