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Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington

Military law Attorney at Pembroke Pines, FL

4.8   45 reviews

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About Alexandra

Learn Alexandra’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Military Courts Martial cases worldwide. Felony cases in Federal and State Court.

    20 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Military law
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    Court martial cases, Article 15, NJP, Separation Boards, Show Cause Boards

    20 years, 1,000 cases

Alexandra is a founding partner of the González & Waddington Law Firm, and a Georgia registered mediator. She has represented and defended hundreds of defendants charged with sexual assault and has worked on some of the most notorious war crime cases stemming from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Alexandra & her law partner, Michael, wrote three of the leading textbooks on cross-examination, Pattern Cross-Examination for Sexual Assault Cases: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide, Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence, and Pattern Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses, published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). These books are used by criminal defense lawyers across the United States.

Many of Alexandra’s cases have been reported on by hundreds of major media sources worldwide, to include 60 Minutes, ABC’s Nightline, The Rolling Stone, the BBC, Fox News, German Public Television, CNN, CBS, and various other international media outlets.

At the 2017 National Trial Lawyers Summit, Alexandra lectured to hundreds of the top trial lawyers from across the United States (click here to read more). Her lecture, Appealing to Diverse Juries Without Building Walls, taught trial lawyers how to effectively select and communicate with diverse juries in criminal and civil cases. Relying on the firm’s jury trial experience and academic studies, Alexandra demonstrated how picking a jury based on stereotypes can lose cases, while excellent Voir Dire can help win cases. The Summit took place at the Loews Miami Beach in South Beach, Florida.

Alexandra was one of the first lawyers to serve as a Public Defender for the Augusta Judicial Circuit. During that time, she worked on various types of cases, including rape, sexual assault, larceny, violent crimes, and domestic violence. She graduated from Temple Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA, where she successfully completed Templeʼs nationally ranked Integrated Trial Advocacy Program.

In 2015-2021, she 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 ABAʼs Criminal Justice Sectionʼs work. Additionally, this publication serves as an invaluable resource for policy-makers, academics, and students of the criminal justice system.

Alexandra was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Licensed for 19 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Alexandra

Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC
15800 Pines Blvd, Suite 3101
Pembroke Pines, FL, 33027

Reviews

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Posted by CW | February 4, 2023
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Top-notch criminal defense
I retained the services of Alexandra Waddington as my defense attorney in July 2022 and couldn't be happier with her representation in my false sexual assault case. Alexandra's knowledge of military law was impressive and she effectively communicated the details of my case to me. She provided reliable legal advice and was always accessible for any questions. Through her hard work and expertise, Alexandra secured my freedom and future. I highly recommend her as a top-notch criminal defense lawyer, with unparalleled dedication to her clients. Ultimately, she succeeded in getting my charges dismissed before trial, allowing me to continue with my Coast Guard career.
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Posted by Rob | February 4, 2023
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Super grateful! Saved my career
I have had the pleasure of working with Alexandra for the past year; she has done a remarkable job. Her expertise in military law is immediately evident, and her professionalism is second to none. But beyond that, Alexandra is a very warm and friendly person, making her a joy to work with. When I was facing allegations of abusive sexual contact in my final stretch of service in the military, Alexandra was able to reduce the charges to a simple Letter of Reprimand. She wisely counseled me not to submit a statement or rebuttal to the reprimand, as it would likely be used against me later. Alexandra then helped me avoid an administrative separation and retire with an Honorable Discharge, leaving my record as clean as possible. Throughout the process, she kept my best interest at the forefront while also considering my financial situation. In my experience with military lawyers, Alexandra is the one I would most highly recommend. I spoke to several lawyers before deciding on Alexandra and I am certain that it was the best decision I could have made.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2023
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Alexandra is the real deal
I was an Army NCO and was about to be medically retired when my recently divorced ex-wife made serious allegations against me. I was terrified and didn’t know what to do. I spent a week trying to get a hold of TDS and received no response. I took my father’s advice and decided to find a civilian lawyer. I have to admit, I’ve never hired a criminal defense lawyer before, so I was a little bit overwhelmed by the number of lawyers out there.   What caused me to choose Alexandra and her law firm was their videos and my initial consultation with her. She is the real deal. I was giving up hope, and she talked some sense into me. We came up with a plan, and she talked me through the process. She also took care of CID so they would stop harassing me. After a long investigation, the command took my wife’s side, even though her allegations were full of lies, and we had the proof. Knowing they would lose at a court-martial, the JAG persecutors tried to take me out with an administrative board, and they failed. Thanks to Gonzalez and Waddington, I won my board, and I’m now medically retired and living my best life.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2023
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Top Notch Legal Counsel
Alexandra is an outstanding military defense lawyer and a wonderful person. My case was quite difficult because I had a 23-year career on the line and I was deployed. I felt like my command hung me out to dry. I needed a criminal lawyer that knew the Navy system and had the experience and wisdom to guide me through the landmines I faced. I also needed someone to get the command to back off and give me a fair investigation. I called Alexandra late one evening on a weekend and hired her the next day. She immediately went to bat for me and got me through this with full retirement and dignity intact. Thank you, Alexandra.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2023
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Positive Experience, Excellent Outcome
I had an excellent experience working with Alexandra. When my bitter ex-wife falsely accused me of abusing her and my children, my life almost came to an end. Immediately, the military turned on me and blocked me from seeing my kids. It took me almost two years to get justice. I could not have done it without Alexandra. From the start, she was incredibly attentive, kind, and knowledgeable. She took the time to explain everything to me until I understood fully. I deeply appreciated how honest she was about the laws, the facts of the case, and the many potential outcomes. She was trustworthy and had a good follow-through. I felt legally protected and had peace of mind for the first time in many months. Her advice was spot on, and she guided me through the military justice system and family advocacy process. Because of Alexandra, I saved my career, cleared my name, and got to see my children after a long 18 months. I had a very positive experience with her and the firm, and I strongly recommend Alexandra when the military and your command abandon you and you want justice.
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Posted by Jared | November 15, 2022
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A defense attorney that will even the odds
I'm an active duty Army 1LT and I was wrongfully charged with two counts of Sexual Assault on a fellow Officer. I knew the odds were seriously stacked against me and the situation seemed truly hopeless. At first, I was hesitant to retain the Waddingtons given the cost of their representation but I ultimately decided on hiring Alexandra and her husband Michael for their legal services. This decision proved to be the best I have ever made. I was found not guilty of both charges and was fully acquitted. It is clear that both Alexandra and her husband truly care about their clients and will take the time to ensure you are prepared for your court-marshal. I believe their experience and professionalism made the difference in my case and I am confident I wouldn't be writing this review had I solely went with TDS alone. They truly gave me a second chance at life and I would recommend them to anyone facing felony charges in the military. Don't gamble with your future. You don't want to look back on this decision wondering if things would have been different had you hired this team.
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Posted by Marvin | September 28, 2022
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Second Chance
Let me start by saying that I was falsely accused of sexual assault by this crazy lady. My old CSM gave me the best advice at the moment; he told me to seek a civilian attorney and not talk to CID. The whole process was completed in 17 months. Charges were preferred at around 12 months. I immediately called Mr. and Mrs. Waddington. Once they decided to take on my case, I was happy because I believed I had a fighting chance against the US government. I saved all my messages between me and this crazy lazy and sent Mr. and Mrs. Waddington everything to show her erratic behavior. I hired one attorney, but I gained two exceptional attorneys. The Army issued me a TDS attorney a week before my Article 32 hearing which we waived. TDS attorney PCS two months before the trial date, I was assigned another TDS lawyer, and she was terrific. Now my legal was set, and I know it will be a battle. The Government dropped evidence on our lap 30 days out. Mr. Waddington called me. I explain my side of the story. The whole time Mr. and Mrs. Waddington treated me with dignity and respect and believed in my truth, always finding a way to make me feel at ease. Once again, my case went on for 17 months; it was a long, painful journey. You need someone like Mr. and Mrs. Waddington to represent you in this biased military justice system (UCMJ). The Government had every intention of trying to convict me of something I did not do, especially in this War against sexual assault. Mr. and Mrs. Waddington flew to Germany a week before the Trial, and we prepared to fight. The night before the Trial, this liar changes her story in version five. From the open statement, witness cross-examination to the closing statement, Mr. Waddington is FANTASTIC. The Army had their most senior and best on the case; however, Mr. Waddington was outclassed and outmatched; it was not even close. Mr. Waddington caught this lady on every lie while on the stand. He asked the right questions and argued only relevant things. The Government did not present a CID agent, Amberg police, DNA evidence, or any experts; let's not forget a video that was missing the first five minutes. The prosecutor says members of the Jury, all these things are irrelevant. We don't want to waste your guy's time presenting this nonsense. The truth came out in the courtroom, and after four hours of waiting on deliberation, NOT GUILTY!!!!!!!! I stood in the position of attention and cried so hard for 17 months, and it was over on the day of my 17th year in the Army; Mr. and Mrs. Waddington gave me a second chance at life. To end this, the military could care less if you get accused of anything. Their goal is to get a conviction. Don't hesitate to call The Waddington's. It will be money well spent; I promise you will make that money.
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Posted by Chris | August 26, 2022
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Best Defense Lawyer. Period!
Best Defense Lawyers. Period. I first contacted Mr. Michael Waddington and Mrs. Alexandria Waddington in September of 2021 right after my Command started an investigation into the CMEO report that was filed by a junior of mine. I first spoke with Mrs. Waddington and she advised me to make no statement and to retain them once charges were formally made. My Command however, conducted three investigations over the span of 5 months. During this time I was promoted, and then after the last and final investigation it nearly sealed the deal on my career, resulting in my Commanding Officer removing my hard earned promotion administratively and giving me two adverse evaluations. All of this was based on the investigation and the CO’s subsequent “Loss of Confidence.” The Command sent me TAD to the next higher Command while I waited to receive punishment. That day I called and retained the Waddington’s. Through multiple attempts my Command failed to return any correspondence to my counsel as to why for 3 whole months this had happened. I waited and desperately wanted to know what I was officially accused of since everything had been so quiet. I finally received notice of the investigation findings. They were heavily biased opinions stated as fact, fabricated stories and statements, significant questions as to why individuals were not questioned by the Investigating Officer. These all later proved to aid Mr. Michael Waddington into dismantling their whole case one character witness at a time. I refused NJP and then elected to do Courts-Martial and was subsequently given an Administrative Separation Board. I was completely unsure how this whole case would play out. My JAG assured me I was in good hands. Mr. Waddington was clearly in his element while arguing my case to the board. During that opening statement I knew right then and there that I definitely made the right choice to retain them. You can compare him to the side of the prosecution, but it wouldn’t be fair. The prosecution was clearly out matched. Their case was feeble, and if logic prevailed we would be victorious. The prosecution called no witnesses, submitted no further evidence, and Michael called them out on it. Even after multiple attempts to contact witnesses who made statements against me the Command and that witness made no attempt to communicate with the Waddington’s or show up to my board as requested. This didn’t look good for the prosecution. We submitted multiple character statements and called forth witnesses in person and via phone. Each witness questioned by Mr. Waddington showed more of my side of the story, and dismantled their case before I had even taken the stand. At Michael’s request I took the stand. I was confident, and ready to explain and answer any question. I did so and through my testimony the story was set straight. I finished testifying and the prosecution's closing statement was so outshined by Mr. Waddington’s closing statement you completely forgot what the prosecution had said.. He is THE CLOSER. We left the room and the board deliberated for less than 30 minutes with a finding of NO MISCONDUCT. That was a great feeling. I am extremely glad and thankful I chose the Waddington’s to defend me, my career, and my future. If you need representation look no further. I would definitely seek their counsel in the future, and would refer them to anyone who would need their counsel. If you know you're innocent, the Military will punish you first and ask questions later. Hit them hard, and keep what is yours!
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2022
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Justice Was Served
Mr. Waddington and his team are a true powerhouse duo! I was facing three charges: Article 120, w/2x specifications, Article 128b, w/2x specifications, and Article 128, w/1x specification. All these charges combined was enough jail time for two lifetimes. I knew I needed a professional with experience under the laws of the UCMJ. My ex-wife is a master manipulator. She convinced several officers, OSI agents, adult protective services, child protective services and her entire prosecution team they had a solid case moving forward. Mr. Waddington helped me gather and analyze information that supported the case. His thinking outside the box created new ways to relay information to the court. Waddington and González have extensive knowledge in dealing with Article 120 cases and their expertise ensured the outcome was favorable. They recommended and hired key experienced doctors to examine evidence providing critical insight to the lies and manipulation being alleged. Three days into the court martial the prosecution realized based on the extensive evidence we compiled that it was in the best interest of my ex-wife to tell the truth before she severely perjured herself on the stand. My ex-wife decided not to participate resulting in all charges being dismissed. Waddington and González's professional team have given me the opportunity to finish my last couple years in the Air Force and to retire without any repercussions to my career. Thanks to Mr. Waddington and his team justice was served. He saved my life.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2022
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Lt Col w/23 years facing felony drug charges at a General Court Martial. Not Guilty!
I was facing 2 counts of UCMJ 112a, being a convicted felon, up to 10 years in prison and a dismissal. When I was arrested, I was completely shocked and knew that I needed counsel and not to say anything, but that was the extent of my knowledge. I had never been in trouble and now I am being told, I will lose everything. I called the Waddington Firm and my first contact was with Alexandra, it was refreshing to hear someone interested in how you are doing and trying to get every detail to help shape your case. What I did not know, is that when you hire one, you get both. The Waddington’s are a powerhouse. I am a single parent, facing not only losing my retirement, but my VA benefits, even my house. I did my research, took a long look at everything I could find, I didn’t want a good lawyer, I wanted the very best lawyer there is. When comparing up to $4 million in retirement benefits and paying up to $50,000 to have your life back, you do not “skimp” on getting good enough. You get the absolute most experienced, best trial council there is, that is Michael Waddington. The bonus is, you also get Alexandra, they work together are married and really you don’t want one without the other. The government only needs probably cause to take you to a general court martial, a positive urinalysis is that probable cause. I did not hire Mr. Waddington to find me a plea deal, I hired Mr. Waddington because he is the very best trial defense lawyer there is. There was not a close second that I found. He is routinely ranked in the top 100 lawyers in the country, he has defended more federal cases, actually fought it out in court, than anyone I could find. Do not take being charged by the government lightly. The government has unlimited resources and time. Do not try to beat the government alone, get someone who will fight for you, someone who does this job only for service members, get someone with honor and integrity, get Michael Waddington. Everyone wants to win, I was more concerned about that than how, but Michael and Alexandra are honest, with integrity and defended me in a way that impressed the prosecution, the judge and the 8 Colonels on the panel. I cannot say enough about how these two fine Americans, operate like a well-oiled machine, they are both excellent lawyers, and you will never regret hiring them. They are the good guys, trust them completely, and follow their expert advice. After 24 years of service, the words, “we find the accused on all charges and specifications, not guilty” is something I can never repay the Waddington’s for. They secured my children’s future, saved my life and now I am retiring with honor, thanks to them.
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Posted by E | March 21, 2022
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Top Tier Representation
I want to start by saying I am extremely satisfied with the work of Michael and Alexandra, you guys are an amazing team and I am so thankful for you both. I (Staff NCO in the Army) waited until 1 week before the Article 39 hearing to schedule a consultation with Michael and Alexandra; I wish I had done so from the beginning. I was dealing with a lot of psychological issues from the allegations, unanswered questions, and uncertainties. Bringing them onto my team provided immediate relief, they helped me to think clearly and focus on the goal of winning my case. In the weeks leading up to my Court martial, the Waddingtons and my detailed attorney revealed numerous inconsistencies. All I had to do at this point was show up and explain what actually happened. Naturally, lies don't make sense especially when the are compounding on each other. This all held true during the court proceedings. Long story short, my accuser got on the stand and gave her well rehearsed testimony for the prosecutor. When Michael got up there to do cross, he was calm and slowly started peeling apart her layers and layers of deceit. There were dozens of inconsistencies, the majority of which were blatant lies or cover-ups and even crimes which were highlighted for the panel to see. The Court room is truly Michael's domain. In the end I was acquitted of all charges and specifications. I was able to have a nice dinner with my family and talk about the future without prefacing “depends on how this court martial goes but”; that feels amazing. Hiring Michael and Alexandra was the best decision of my life, if you are in a similar situation get them on the phone asap. Some additional tips for whoever finds themselves here: -If you are being investigated by CID for allegations of violating article 120, do not wait around. Be pro-active, retain a great attorney and get to work. The Army will not provide you an assigned attorney until you have actually been charged with a crime; What if there is something in your case that could curtail the entire process? You wouldn't even know and that's how the Government likes it. Because they have every intention of charging you even if it's solely based on the word of you accuser. -DO NOT talk to CID, do not confide in you Chain of Command. Don't even discuss the details of your case with Mom, Dad, or best friend. -Your CO will issue a Military Protective Order as a "standard" thing. This will deny you certain liberties like purchasing and owning a firearm since it gets submitted to the FBI. Make sure to ask the question why your CO is processing an MPO without an expiration date, or as a matter of fact without any evidence. Seems unlawful to me, but this is all in retrospect because I ignorantly signed it as I had no real legal representation at the time it was issued. -You'll be flagged the entire time, no way around this. Just continue to do your best at work, show them how resilient you are and contribute to the growth of your Company. Do not give them any excuse to label you a dirt bag, or worse stack on additional charges. Good luck.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2021
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Representation Unparralled
Mr and Mrs waddington represented me at a board for accusations of sexual assault kidnapping and assault as well as various other offenses. From the moment I was notified that I was going to a board I knew that my command was going to throw everything they could at me. I embarrassed them and they accused me of a crime I was innocent of. I knew I needed a great attorney .I ended up getting two great attorneys a husband and wife team. Whenever I had questions or needed information about my case Mrs. Waddington was on it. She responded lighting quick and was clear concise and very comforting. Together with Mr.Waddington they prepared for conflict. We did get that conflict and to say the prosecution was outgunned outclassed would be underselling it. From the moment Mr.Waddington first opened his voice and presence was commanding and powerful. Mr.Waddington did something that the prosecution did not do. He appealed to the boards common sense and used reason and logic to win over our case something the prosecutors were trying vehemently to suppress. When cross examination came for the special investigators of our case we were all in for a treat. Mr.Waddington took control of the court room and embarrassed a rookie agent and showed how poor and inadequate a job he had done investigating my allegations. He failed to investigate my allegations impartially and had the audacity to say after raising his right hand that he was impartial. Mr.Waddington asked the agent if he used the DOD regulations to investigate my accusation, this man who graduated from special agent school did not even know what the regulations were. It goes to show you how careless they investigated my case not even following there own regulations. When a young man's life is in jeopardy you should know those regulations. After a three day battle at the board, we had our closings. The prosecutation failed to appeal to the boards emotion. They name called me belittled me and degraded me. Mr.Waddington did the opposite throughout the closing and the trial. He showed that I was a human being with hope's and dreams. A young man who swore an oath to defend the constitution just like those on the board. He used logic common sense and reasoning which the government just did not have. His Closing was powerful and straight to the point. The board deliberated and came back with all counts being unfounded. Let me tell you there were a lot of counts. It was incredible and reinvigorated me, a guy that at one point was down and out for the count. Mr and Mrs waddington thank you for what you did for me and what you do for other service members I will never forget it.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2021
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Forever grateful mother
I hired Michael and Alexandra Waddington to represent my son for an Article 120 case at Fort Hood. When my son called and broke the news, we knew we were in for a heck of a fight. From the beginning, the Army came after him with all their might. Aside from his squad leader, everyone abandoned him. After a few months of stress and getting nowhere with the Army lawyer, our family hired Michael and Alexandra. I was very happy with the responsiveness to our phone calls and texts. They worked together as a team and kept us updated. They really cared about the best interest of my son. After a year long struggle, I am happy to say that my son was able to finish his service and get out with an honorable discharge and without a criminal record. The Waddington's cleared his name and reputation. We are forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2021
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Top Notch Lawyer with a Heart
I consulted with Alexandra about an ongoing CID investigation that I had been dealing with for over a year. In my situation, I had an affair with a woman that became my stalker after I stopped returning her calls and texts. Given the current victim SHARP climate in the Army, I should have hired a lawyer much earlier instead of going with TDS. After my first conversation with Alexandra I decided to hire her firm. I am glad that I did. She gave me very realistic advice and listened to my side. Other lawyers I talked to we negative and judgmental. Alexandra gave me a sense of hope during a dark period of my life. Alexandra put together a plan of action for the court martial that was coming. We were able to do a cell phone extraction using Mr Roloff a digital expert that she recommended. Thankfully, we recovered a lot of helpful information, like photos and text messages from the woman falsely accusing me of sexual assault. Her advice and the info we got off of my cell phone were enough to get my false accuser to back down before charges were filed. I was able to continue with my life and career thanks to Alexandra. I recommend her for anyone that is falsely accused of a sex crime in the Army.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2021
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A man of Wisdom, Knowledge & Power
This man understood that he has a son in the military & would never want this to ever happen to his son. He didn’t talk down to me he talked to me as if I was an equal to him as if he has been through life an understands that this can happen to anyone. I can honestly talk all day of the great person Mr. & Mrs Waddington are so happy Aaron Howard introduced me to you an we got this taken care of I hope the best for you an your family thank you so much for everything.
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Posted by David | March 26, 2021
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David to the Governments Goliath
First, if you are reading this stop and email the Waddington’s NOW! It will immediately give you a fighting chance. Second not all lawyers on the internet are the same, so be careful, Do your research and don’t settle for a sub par lawyer. My story is from a distinguished senior NCO, that was preparing to return to the USA from Germany, When I was falsely accused of rape and assault of my former step daughter (7 years removed) in violation of 120b & 128. My world immediately stopped and I was LABELED A CHILD Rapist for 21 months even tho I was supposed to be presumed innocent. After a very biased and incomplete CID investigation I found my self standing before a jury. The Waddington’s flew to Germany prepared and ready to fight. Mr. Waddington destroyed the Governments case one element at a time, even making ALL THE WITNESSES, admit they LIED in some form of capacity. The Government even used my CID Interview against me, even tho the whole time (5hrs) I said I didn’t do it. After three long days and the worst case of booty shaking-nerves, the verdict of not guilty of all accounts was announced after a 40 min deliberation. Bet you are wondering how not guilty right. Well the Waddington’s was able to investigate and found out that my former step daughter had become out of control and when she found out I was coming back and that her mother wanted to get back together she said I raped her. Over 21 months the Government did nothing to vindicate me the target was painted and they had their man. The Waddington’s did the due diligence to show I was innocent. So in short what I am trying to say is give yourself a chance no matter what the case maybe. If you think their price is steep imagine loosing everything or spending life behind bars because you went with a subpar lawyer. And for heavens sake SHUT UP, DONT TALK TO ANYONE, because they can and will use everything you say against you, even tho it was you denying it all!!! Thank you Mr. & Mrs Waddington you saved my life from heinous accusations. I’ll forever be grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2021
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Alexandra was a blessing
I first retained the Waddington’s back in 2018, when I filed for divorce after I caught my wife cheating on me. In retaliation, she falsely accused me of sexually assaulting her throughout our marriage and domestic violence. OSI did no investigation. None, other than to take my wife’s statement. They took her word as gold and dragged the investigation out over a year. I don’t know what took so long. My command turned on me instantly and sided with my ex-wife. They removed me from my job and assigned me to a menial job. They destroyed my 12-year career in the blink of an eye. At first, I was in shock. How could the Air Force turn on me after so many years? Then, I became bitter and depressed as the months wore on. A few months into the investigation, I hired Michael and Alexandra and instantly felt like a weight was lifted from my shoulders. Alexandra was my rock. I mainly dealt with her during the investigation. She gave me hope. By the time I was charged, I was ready to fight. I had gathered a lot of evidence to use in court during the investigation. When I got the preferred charges, I was glad to get it over with. By this point, my ex had dragged out our divorce for a year. She was using the false allegations against me in family court as leverage. Her corrupt Air Force victim’s lawyer and her divorce lawyer kept delaying the divorce, hoping to get a conviction so that she could take the kids, the house and get three years of victim compensation benefits. As we got ready for court, the Waddington’s and my ADC worked together seamlessly. By the time Michael flew in for trial, we were prepared for battle. In the court martial, it was no contest. The Air Force JAGs were no match for Michael, and they literally looked like fools as Michael ripped their witnesses apart. It was kind of entertaining. My ex-wife was a puppet in his hands. I thought the OSI agent was going to start crying on the witness stand when Michael exposed his incompetent investigation and bias. At the beginning of his cross examination, Michael asked him if “his investigation was thorough and complete.” The OSI agent said “yes.” Then, Michael exposed him for not following his own training and the OSI instruction. In the end, after exposing his biased investigation, all of the evidence he did not collect, the people he did not interview, , Michael asked him again, “so you still think your investigation was thorough and complete?” The agent’s face turned bright red, and he said “yes.” The jury rolled their eyes. During the trial, I was nervous, but I was also enjoying every moment of it. The jury found me NOT GUILTY, and I was a free man. Yes, I had to rebuild my life and reputation, but that is better than sitting in jail for a crime you did not commit. I am grateful that I hired Alexandra and Michael when I did and cannot recommend them enough.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2021
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Top notch legal counselor
I hired Alexandra when I was investigated by CID for abusive sexual contact, sexual harassment, and violation of a regulation. The TDS office was always closed because of COVID and they never answered the phone. But, it was a blessing in disguise because I found Gonzalez and Waddington online. From the start, Alexandra listened to my side and she guided me through a very difficult time. Just having someone to talk to and strategize with made all the difference. I truly believe that her wise advice and guidance saved me. It definitely kept me sane. Alexandra quickly returned my calls and texts and kept me motivated to fight to clear my name. Thankfully, after a 9 month investigation the case was closed out and my command decided against a court martial. Having Alexandra by my side made all the difference. It was money well spent.
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Posted by Mike | October 9, 2020
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Read before hiring this lawyer!!
You are not alone. Many of us were where you are now. An accusation of sexual assault or rape is a major life-changing event for any military service member. Like me, you will be ignored, marginalized, and shuffled between nameless and swamped DoD-provided defense lawyers; you'll be told to "just wait" or "stand by" until things get to the worst possible point; your former friends and co-workers will look at you with doubt and talk about you behind your back - the next few years will be a defining point in your life, and to make it out intact I highly recommend you hire a dedicated professional like Alexandra Waddington. My case took nearly two years to clear, during which time I was shuffled between four TDS DoD-supplied defense attorneys. It was a nightmare repeatedly having to explain the intricacies of the case, especially as my ex-partner continued to harass me. This harassment was completely ignored by DoD, as I was the accused. The military defense didn't even answer their phones much of the time. The process of locating a civilian lawyer is also not intuitive, as many of the websites are misleading or confusing. Again, consider what your life is worth to you. Consider the lifelong repercussions of a dishonorable or other-than-honorable discharge, and realize that you will not be able to fight the vast resources of the U.S. Government alone. The Waddington team actually answers their phones. They text back in a timely manner. They will review all the evidence, even as it continues to change and grow over time, and they will construct the best possible case to save your life. I know it seems like a lot of money, but I feel to this day that it's some of the best money I have ever spent. Do yourself a favor; before talking to anyone, hire Alexandra.
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You Must Hire this lawyer !!! don't think twice
I recommend this lawyer to all ranks and branches in the military from enlisted to officers. I'm enlisted soldier station in Vilseck, Germany. I'm being in the army for 8 plus years, just when I was running out of ways to fight for my life. I ran into this lawyer website while I was doing research online. I was overthinking depressed, I felt like the world was falling on top of me. God showed me this lawyer, if your reading this is because your thinking of who to hire I can tell you right now your in the right place I was facing several years in prison for drunk and disorderly, disturbing the peace, assault, adultery. I was proven NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES. she will be straight forward with you and honest I recommend her services. Trust her and don't worry. leave it in her hands just listen to the advice and everything she tells you to do. and you'll be thanking her for the rest of your life. freedom is priceless. Blessings,
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 500-800 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Defense Lawyer
  • Augusta GA Public Defenders Office
  • 2004 - 2005

Education

  • NACDL Seminar Defending the Unthinkable: Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault and Child Victims Cases
  • 2013
  • National Association of Trial Lawyers: Trial Lawyers Summit
  • 2013
  • NACDL Seminar DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity: "Winning at Every Level"
  • 2011
  • NACDL Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
  • 2010
  • Georgia Registered Mediator
  • 2007
  • NACDL Criminal Defense Midwinter Seminar
  • 2006
  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Duquesne University
  • BA
  • 1997
  • Universite Catholique D'Angers
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • US v. RB
  • NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES.

Associations

  • National Association of Court Martial Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Augusta Family Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Military Defense Lawyers
  • Past President
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Augusta Bar Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • French
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Honors in Trial Advocacy
  • Temple University School of Law
  • 2000

Publications

  • NACDL Press
  • Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide
  • 2021
  • The State of Criminal Justice 2021. ABA Press.
  • Military Justice Act of 2016’s Expansion of Military Subpoena Power.
  • 2021
  • The State of Criminal Justice 2020. ABA Press.
  • Changes to the Punitive Articles Under the Military Justice Act of 2016
  • 2020
  • NACDL Press
  • Pattern Cross-Examination for Forensic Experts: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide
  • 2020
  • The State of Criminal Justice 2019. ABA Press.
  • MJA 2016
  • 2019
  • The State of Criminal Justice 2018. ABA Press.
  • Overview of the Military Justice Act of 2016
  • 2018
  • The State of Criminal Justice 2017. ABA Press.
  • Military Criminal Justice: Further Expanded Victim Rights and Overarching Refinements
  • 2017
  • The State of Criminal Justice 2016. ABA Press.
  • Military Criminal Justice: Expanded Rights for Sexual Assault Victims
  • 2016
  • The State of Criminal Justice 2015. ABA Press.
  • Supreme Court Signals The Right To Privacy In Digitally Stored Data
  • 2015
  • The State of Criminal Justice 2014. ABA Press.
  • Changes to The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Pertaining to Rape and Sexual Assault
  • 2014
  • Thomson Reuters
  • The Civilian Attorney's Guide to Winning a Court Martial
  • 2012
  • Amazon.com
  • How to Upgrade an Army Discharge
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Lawyers Summit 2017
  • Appealing to Diverse Juries Without Building Walls
  • 2017
  • Annual Conference Summer 2011
  • Cross Examining Alleged Victims in Sex Cases
  • 2011

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