5.0 stars 54 totalReview Michael Waddington
Posted by Paul
In January 2015, Mr. Michael Waddington unsuccessfully represented me during courts-martial. My case was described as a “he said-she said” case, and I – being naive about the military justice system – believed Mr. Waddington and trusted his “judgement.” I was sorely mistaken.
I have recently been exonerated by the Court of Criminal Appeals, only after being wrongfully incarcerated for two years.
Mr. Waddington boasted his “perfect” record dealing with Article 120, sexual assault, cases in the military courts – unfortunately it is nearly impossible to fact check a lawyer who claims they have “won” a case, usually a “win” seems to be defeating the primary charge at the expense of any lesser charges involved.
Only after my wrongful conviction did I educate myself on legal matters and noticed that Mr. Waddington failed to identify, much less take appropriate action, on a number of matters in my case. These include the fact that my lesser charges failed to include “words of criminality” – since he did not bring this to the courts attention, it did not preserve the issue on appeal.
During trial he failed to object to a number of issues to include a crucial discovery violation, multiple instances of prosecutorial misconduct during trial counsels closing arguments, to include, improper vouching, facts not in evidence, multiple direct comments on my guilt, personal attacks on myself, and perhaps most perplexing, he failed to object to trial counsel calling my defense team, Mr. Waddington included, liars. There were over 18 improper arguments by trial counsel in only 24 pages of closing arguments – none of which were objected to by Mr. Waddington in court.
Issues with Mr. Waddington’s performance were not confined to the courtroom. Mr. Waddington would not respond to emails – at all – and if he did, after a direct, stern, request, it was not very timely. Mr. Waddington outside the courtroom would discuss who’s-who matters with my government appointed counsel, and loved to brag about this case or that case. He especially enjoyed talking about his contributions to several television shows. Rarely did he discuss the facts in my case with my government counsel in my presence.
With regards to money, Mr. Waddington loves to have it up front, and enjoys staying at the elite J.W. Marriott – he even met me at the base gate in a new Chevrolet Camero he rented with my money.
Mr. Waddington may have been effective in other cases, but his ego and attention to detail are his downfalls. If I could turn back time I would have seen through his flashy and impressive internet presence as the facade it is, perhaps then my life, career, and family would have survived this false and malicious allegation.
Posted by anonymous
couldn't get a ernet early enough to tell the world how awesome, smart, and effective Michael is. I was facing three separate sexual assault charges from three different accusers over a span of 4 months. I after hiring a chicken attorney for my article 32 I figured I will be going down for a long time for a crime that I believe I didn't commit. For God to reveal Michael to me in my dream as the best sexual assault lawyer, I wasn't surprised about the icome. Micheal is smart believes his clients innocence and has various forms of approaches in the courtroom to make prosecutors look as dam asses. My prosecutors looked like trash infront of Micheal and LCDR Temple. Any victim that was called to testify was given a blood bath and at the end of the my case went from you are going down for 30years to how did they even find you guilty on charge. Yes they found me guilty on one charge but 9 months in a prison wasn't bad at all. It was rather a fruitful learning experience. I am sitting in my living room playing with my kids all because of " God Sent Michael and His hard working wife''. He even had a strategy for saving my life. And he didn't take financial advantage of me like all the other lawyers do. Some lawyer's rental car and travel cost alone can be a huge amount. But for Michael he kept everything simple and did nothing to take advantage of me. His courtroom experience trying sexual assault cases week in and week out is what you need because you will surely go down without him uld be doin 30 years at Leavenworth but I get a second chance at life with a slum dung MRE 413 legal error in the bucket. Stop what you doing take your phone and call Michael and if you are lucky enough to get your phone call answered, don't hesitate because he is your best advocate. God bless you Michael God Bless you!!! My family will always be indebted to you. Like President Trump Said, " H has a lot of experience but is bad experience''. Some lawyers have a long years of experience, but the is experience is bad in the courtroom. So if a lawyer say he is taking you to trial you better ask him when was the last time he actually tried a case a won''. Not every Military lawyer is a criminal defence attorney. You need Micheal he has a good experience and track record of winning.
Posted by anonymous
I got to know Mr. Waddington quite well. He is the GOLD Standard and is one of the most humble human beings ever. His attention to detail and confidence are un paralleled. I was completely helpless for the first time in my life, facing a stacked deck. Upon retaining his representation, I took the first step in evening the odds in what he likes to call trial warfare. Every conversation I had with him gave me hope; that I stood a chance in a political driven agenda to get convictions no matter the facts or evidence. You can read every review and watch all Mr. Waddington's youtube channels and understand he is a winner and elite. One interaction I had with him was how he wanted to attack my case and he said "Lets Go to War!!" I knew right than I made the right decision. Always be honest and upfront with him and this will create opportunity for the best possible outcome. You really have to take a look in the mirror and be reasonable. I was fully acquitted of all my serious charges. I will never forget that feeling for as long as I live. Upon the announcement of the verdict I nearly collapsed. My career, my life, and my future was completely in his hands and he took it as seriously as I did. He is a warrior in the courtroom and never backs down. I highly recommend you retain his services as early as possible, don't chance it!! I will be forever grateful for his hard work and dedication in getting my life back.
Posted by Shirley Gould-Goldsborough
First let me start by saying there are simply not enough words in the dictionary to express the gratitude I have for Michael Waddington. He’s hands down the most brilliant, cool, calm and collective attorney I’ve ever had the privilege to see in action in a courtroom. My son was facing up to 70 years in military prison for rape and assault charges by his wife. Who decided to lie and report my son raped her two months prior so she could keep her military benefits and to prevent him for filing for a divorce. My son’s JAG attorneys had him convinced that a plea deal was his only option. However as his mother I know there had to be some other way and it was. I’m convinced that God sent the Waddington’s to my family and work through them to ensure my son received a fair trial. Let me not forget to mention that the Waddington’s took on my son’s case near the end and had only a short time to prepare for the case – approximately a month. During my son’s four day trial Mr. Waddington presented so much doubt that no way could the jury panel convict my son of any of the serious charges he was facing. He exposed CID for the sneaky unethical tactics they used to force a confession. He discredited the accuser and my son was found not guilty of ALL the serious charges and remains on active duty today. I’m convinced the military looked up Mr. Waddington’s credentials prior to the court martial because they had so many JAG attorneys in the courtroom taking notes during the trail. The JAG attorney sitting next to me appeared to write down everything that came out of Mr. Waddington’s mouth. It was quite comical to watch. In all seriousness please don’t let his fees scare you AND THEY WILL he’s worth what we paid and MORE. It was the most money I’ve spent in such a short time frame but every penny was well worth it. I know first-hand how difficult this must be for your family so I’m giving permission to the Waddington’s to share my contact information should you have any questions or concerns. I’m forever grateful for Mr. Waddington giving my son his life back after this six month saga.
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!
Posted by anonymous
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.