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Michael S. Waddington

Military law Attorney at Pembroke Pines, FL

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Licensed for 22 years

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    Mr. Waddington handles serious and high profile criminal cases worldwide. He has tried jury trials on 3 continents and provides services as a trial consultant in serious criminal cases.

    23 years, 3,000 cases

HARD HITTING AGGRESSIVE REPRESENTATION. WE DEFEND SERIOUS CRIMINAL CASES WORLDWIDE.

Michael Waddington is a criminal defense lawyer and best-selling author that defends cases in military courts worldwide. He also defends military personnel who are under investigation and have not yet been charged. Mr. Waddington specializes in defending serious criminal cases including sex crimes, war crimes, violent crimes, and white-collar crimes.

He 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’s “Nightline,” the BBC, German Public Television, CNN, CBS, the 2010-2012 Golden Globe-winning TV series “The Good Wife,” and various other international media outlets.

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

Mr. Waddington’s book, Kick-Ass Closings: A Guide to Giving the Best Closing of Your Life, is the #1 rated book on closing arguments. It has been an Amazon bestseller since it was published in 2018. The book contains nearly 500 pages of Mr. Waddington’s best closings and hundreds of outstanding arguments made by the nation’s top criminal defense lawyers.

Michael Waddington Court Martial AttorneyHe is the author of the bestselling book, The Art of Trial Warfare. (Click here to view the book on Amazon). He appeared in a major CNN documentary, “Killings at the Canal” and some of his cases have been the subject of books and movies. These include the Academy Award-winning documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side” (view trailer), the 2019 feature film, “The Kill Team,” (and the 2013 documentary by the same name), the books “The ‘Good Soldier’ on Trial,” “Strike & Destroy,” and Brian De Palma’s “Redacted.” (De Palma also directed “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way”) In 2020, he published his first novel, Battlemind, a military legal thriller. Click here to view on Amazon.

Mr. Waddington teaches trial advocacy across the United States. In 2019, for the fourth year in a row, he lectured at the National Trial Lawyers Summit, where he shared the stage with legendary attorneys F. Lee Bailey (one of OJ Simpson’s lawyers), Benjamin Brafman (Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer), Mark Geragos (who defended Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and other celebrities), Mark O’Mara (George Zimmerman’s lawyer), and Roy Black (who defended William Kennedy Smith & Rush Limbaugh), to teach cutting-edge trial techniques to attorneys from across the USA.

Mr. Waddington gave two lectures at the NACDL’s 2017 National Sex Crime Conference in Las Vegas, NV. One of his lectures, Defending a Military Client Charged With Sexual Assault, was tailored to winning sex crime cases in military courts.

Mr. Waddington was a featured speaker at the 2020 NACDL Forensic Science Conference (via Zoom due to Covid-19). In his lecture, he taught lawyers how to Cross-Examine the Prosecution’s Forensic Experts. He also lectured at the 2017 NACDL Forensic Science Conference in Las Vegas. His topic, Using Forensic Science to Create Reasonable Doubt in Sexual Assault Cases, focused on impeaching rogue sex assault examiners (SANEs & SAFEs) using cutting-edge research and medical textbooks. He also taught techniques to expose forensic psychologists and psychiatrists who testify about junk science, such as “Counterintuitive Victim Behavior” and “Tonic Immobility.”

He is a Life Member of the NACDL and a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL), the most prestigious group of high-profile criminal lawyers in the world. The ABCL is the equivalent of the “NFL Hall of Fame,” but for criminal lawyers. Requirements for admission include having at least ten (10) years of criminal trial experience. Attorneys must have tried at least fifty (50) major felony cases to verdict and won at least thirty-five (35), at least five (5) of which being capital or life sentence cases.

From 2013-2021, Mr. Waddington wrote chapters in the American Bar Association (ABA) annual book, “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 2016, he published Trial Warrior’s Book of Wisdom: A Compilation of Quotes for Success in Law and Life.

In July 2018, Michael Waddington was appointed to co-chair the Military Law Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Their duties include training and advising military defense lawyers, both military and civilian, from across the United States. The committee also serves as a liaison with policymakers on issues of military justice reform.

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Licensed for 22 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/03/2022
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 03/07/2013
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/06/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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

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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2021
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OSI got shredded on cross examination
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 David | March 25, 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 | October 1, 2020
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BEST LAWYER!!!! HIRE HIM NOW!!!
Hard Hitting Aggressive Representation. We Defend Serious Criminal Cases Worldwide. this is correct he Flew all the way from the states to Vilseck, Germany to represent me. no matter the distance his team and him will answer all the questions you need. great outcome! Waddington was patient, kept his word and was very understanding! he will defend you and fight for you he will get every detail known and he will give you the best results I was being charges for adultery , assault and more crazy the military tried but if you have Mr Waddington by you there's no one more clear and professional in the court room. He answered all my questions, even when I asked them several times! he will make you feel like a brother or a part of the family Trust him once you hire him put all the trust in him and what ever he tells you listen to him and everything will be fine. freedom is priceless don't think twice his the best criminal defense lawyer no questions ask. as a Result I was found NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES I can't thank him enough I'm free God worked trough this men to give me a second chance at life god bless who ever is reading this trust me you should hire him as soon as possible if you need a lawyer.
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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 Michael and his wife Alexandra 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 Michael and his wife 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 Beth | June 6, 2022
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The Truth Uncovered
Mr. Waddington‘s attention to detail and thoroughness overly exceeded our initial expectations. From the very beginning, Mr. Waddington displayed the highest level of integrity and genuinely cared about his client; our son. His experience and expertise in defending these type of sexual assault cases became very apparent and comforting as he gathered, compiled, and studied the facts of the case. Mr. Waddington‘s defense was so compelling that the prosecution in our son’s case did not even present evidence in the General Court Martial. His knowledge preparation and genius are second to none. We trusted him with the most precious thing in our lives; our son. The stakes were extremely high and Mr. Waddington came through in the most impressive way. We give thanks to God for his mighty deeds done in and through Mr. Waddington and his entire defense team. He turned our mourning into dancing. We highly recommend Mr. Waddington as a defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2022
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Mr. Waddington saved my career
I was falsely accused of abusive sexual contact while attending a military service academy. The investigation started the summer before my final year. During this time, I was in a very dark place. Although my commission and graduation were in jeopardy, I did not tell my parents until the holiday break. My parents wanted to look outside the military for a quality defense lawyer. We spoke with New York law firms and some lawyers we found online. We decided to hire Gonzalez and Waddington. A few other reviews mentioned that the Waddington’s were expensive. However, they were much less expensive than the New York lawyers that we talked to. They also had much more experience than the other law firms we interviewed. A few New York lawyers quoted my family over $150,000 for a trial, plus expenses. The Waddington firm cost much less, which surprised us a little. Trust me; they were well worth it. At first, I had faith in the system. Then, I realized the investigators assumed I was guilty when they did not interview many people who were favorable to me. When I heard from my friends that the investigators were trying to get my classmates to change their testimony, I knew they were gunning for me. After we hired them, Mr. Waddington worked closely with me to build a timeline, collect evidence, and assemble a list of witnesses. They gave me "homework," which kept me active and engaged in my case. When I called, they listened to me and gave me hope. I could tell that they cared about me and my situation. Mr. Waddington explained that I was a key witness, so I documented as many details as possible. He guided me through the process, working together to build my defense. We decided to keep critical information hidden (texts, photos, statements) from the prosecution until the right time. Instead, we captured as much evidence as possible to use later. When the time came, Mr. Waddington used the information we gathered with great skill. He exposed the lies and holes in the prosecutor's case. Finally, the Waddington's cleared my name and reputation. Thankfully, I was commissioned and am on my way to a successful career. I owe my life and career to Michale and Alexandra. My family is forever grateful.
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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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NOT GUILTY! Lt Col w/23 years sent to a General Court Martial for positive Urinalysis, do not fight this battle alone!
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 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 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 Waddington did it above board, by the book, with integrity and defended me in a way that impressed the prosecution, the judge and the 8 Colonels on the panel. Michael is an honest person, an excellent lawyer, and someone you will never regret hiring. He is one of the good guys, trust him completely, he will not let you down. After 24 years of service, I am going to retire honorably and get to watch my kids grow up and I owe it to Michael Waddington.
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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 24, 2021
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Representation unparraled
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 | September 23, 2021
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The best decision I have ever made
From day 1 of talking to him over the phone and meeting him in person he always kept it light and answered any and all questions I had. He was amazing in trial with the cross examinations and reading the jury members even when we had information dumped on us last minute and witnesses change the statements they had made to NCIS. He gave me a second chance in a case that had been going on for over 3 years that the prosecution was intent on burning me for. Never once did I feel hopeless or discouraged. Hiring him was the best decision I have ever made.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2021
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Forever grateful mother
I hired the Waddington's 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 Jay | March 14, 2021
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Outstanding Services
An accusation of sexual assault or Assault and Battery is a major life-changing event for any military service member. As a Senior NCO with over 20 years, you will be ignored, looked at like you are guilty before you even have a trial. DoD-provided Trial defense lawyers; you'll be told to "just wait" or "stand by" until things get to the worst possible point and then offered a Chapter 10 to speed up the process of getting you out losing everything you worked for. If you’re a fighter for what you earned in your career and family life. I highly recommend you hire a dedicated professional like Michael Waddington and his team. My investigation started in November 2019 and then charged in September 2020 causing extreme life stressors. 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. Expenses may seem like a lot of money, but I know to this day that it's some of the best money I have ever spent. Do yourself a favor; before talking to anyone, hire Michael Waddington.
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Posted by Chris R. | November 6, 2020
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The Zin Master of the UCMJ
If you're reading this, you're in a world of trouble. I was in your shoes, I read all 87 of his reviews, read his past court cases, even looked him up on Wikipedia. But if you're reading this, there's hope! And his name is Michael Waddington! Michael is the most professional, intelligent, cunning lawyer i have ever seen work in a court room. I was charged with 5 counts of Article 128(Assault), 3 counts of Article 120(Sexual Assualt) and 1 count of Artigle 134(Obstruction of Justice) and the result read by the Jury panel "NOT GUILTY ". Michael was hard charging, never backed down, cross-examined the government witness unlike anything I've seen! His closing argument had the entire court room in awe(I almost stood up and started clapping!) You may think you can not afford him, but in actuality, you can not afford to not have him! Your life and freedom is worth more that any legal fee! As for me, I'm on my way to retirement and going home to be with my family! And I couldn't have done it without Michael, Alexandra and Sandra! Thank you so much for giving me my life back! I am forever grateful to you!
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2020
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Elite, Unmatched Professional
I was accused of Sexual Assault in the military (Article 120). When my original ADC separated from active duty, I was terrified my case would fall through the cracks as I transitioned to another defense council. As a military officer, I had a lot to lose. After several deep discussions with loved ones it became abundantly clear it's not worth chancing your freedom against military prosecutors. Enter Michael Waddington. From day one Mr. Waddington was active and involved with my case. He asked deep, probing questions, not because he was concerned with my feelings on the case, but because he cared about proving my innocence. I chose to retain my ADC, and they meshed effortlessly from my perspective. The weekend before my trial he flew in and we hit the ground running in preparation. During my trial, he handled the opening, closing, and cross-examination of several key witnesses. His cross-examination was bar-none in the courtroom. He knew what his objective was and how to expertly pull that information each time. He came off as an absolute professional and expert at what he does in the military courtroom. He poked holes in the prosecution's case throughout. During the closings, you could see the prosecution making a last-ditch effort to discredit some of their witnesses. Mr. Waddington's closing was simple and straight to the point of the case, regardless of the prosecutor's many efforts to misdirect; he pointed out the MANY holes in their case they were unable to address. At the end of the day, I was acquitted of all charges and specifications. There really is no price I could place on the relief I feel knowing I can continue my career. The paralegal on my case commented at one point, "I've seen my fair share of civilian attorneys and Mr. Waddington is the best, by far." Rest assured, he has your best interest in mind and he will be respected in whatever legal setting you may end up in.
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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 Michael 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 Michael Waddington.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2020
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Great Expectations – Exceeded
What’s your life’s work worth? I believe many of Michael and Alexandra’s clients are junior in time/grade in the military. That being the case, many of the posted reviews are from the perspective of younger Service Members or their parents. As a more ‘seasoned’ Service Member, I have spent over two decades in uniform. That’s when I found my family and my life’s work under attack by false accusations. Highly competent legal representation by Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC was the only way we succeeded in saving both. Bottom line, “NOT GUILTY on all counts” was the truth and it is what the judge read from a panel of my peers at the conclusion of my trial. The alternative: unthinkable – incarcerated for over 30 years, sex offender registration for life, a dishonorable discharge, and a family destroyed…by lies and a system heavily weighted in favor of the alleged victim. Candidly, I did have Great Expectations of Michael and Alexandra. My expectations were exceeded! Is it expensive? – only if you mistakenly frame the cost as anything other than an investment…in you. Give yourself permission – YOU are worth it! The great people of Gonzalez & Waddington – Michael, Alexandra, and Sandra – were phenomenal through the entire process. Over a 14-month ordeal from first being notified by CID of an impending investigation until the end of a 3-day trial. All of this turmoil stemming from sexual assault allegations dating back years. The circumstances of the allegation and the actions of the alleged victim across the years until the trial are incredible and near beyond belief. I give you that insight to say that Michael, Alexandra, and our assigned Trial Defense Service (TDS) attorney had a very complex case to manage. Professional, smart, and caring accurately describe how they aided my family and me in preparing and fighting for our present lives and future dreams. We did our part to gather information/facts, submit our character witness list, and follow careful protocols of avoiding social media and not making statements or discussing our case with ANYONE outside of our legal team. Our level of input was matched or exceeded at every turn. Military law is complex; don’t fight it alone. You need the best legal representation to successfully work yourself out of the maze. You need Michael and Alexandra on your Team. Make the investment! I am forever indebted to them and happily recommend their services to anyone facing serious UCMJ charges. What’s your life’s work worth? Don’t squander another minute!
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2020
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The fighter
He knows what service members go through with the rigged military justice system. Don’t look any where when you find yourself being falsely accused of sexual assault. The prosecutors fear him because he does not back down. He knows all the tricks and lies they use to convict innocent service members. He will fight for you the same way he fought for me. Today am home with my family working a nice job because of him. Don’t talk to investigators please call the Waddington’s before you open your mouth. Thank you Michael and Alex. May God bless y’all. Keep on fighting for the innocent.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 800-1200 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Department Of Justice - - Special Assistant US Attorney (SAUSA)
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Lawyer
  • Army Judge Advocate General Corps
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Legal Counsel
  • GN Diamond
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Legal Clinical
  • Philadelphia Public Defender
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Legal Intern
  • US Army Department Of Defense
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Research Assistant
  • Temple University Beasley School Of Law
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Legal Intern
  • Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Clerk
  • Sharlock Repcheck & Mahler, P.C.
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Clerk
  • Gismondi & Margolis, P.C.
  • 1995 - 1996
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Education

  • National Trial Lawyers: Trial Lawyers Summit
  • 2016
  • Evaluating Truthfulness
  • 2016
  • 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 Sex Crime Defense Seminar: Confronting the Mob Mentality - Defending Sex Cases
  • 2011
  • NACDL Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
  • 2010
  • NACDL Criminal Defense Midwinter Seminar
  • 2006
  • US Army JAG School Criminal Law Advocacy Course
  • 2003
  • US Army JAG School Tax Course
  • 2002
  • US Army JAG School Basic Course
  • 2001
  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD
  • 2000
  • Duquesne University
  • BA
  • 1997
  • Universidad de Alicante, Spain
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • 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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Associations

  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Academy of Best Selling Authors
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Court Martial Lawyers
  • President
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Military Defense Lawyers
  • Founding Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Georgia State Bar Association, Military Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Augusta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Augusta Bar Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • South Carolina Bar, Military Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • French
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The Art of Trial Warfare 2 years 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
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • U.S. Army
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Military law Attorney | Oct 01
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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 01
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."
Business Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An ethical and competent attorney."
Military law Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Our military personnel fights hard every day. Its good to know we have people fighting to defend them. Therefore, I give Michael my full endorsement."
Military law Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The best military defense attorney in the business. Hard working, talented, honest, and at the very top of his game. If I needed a military defense attorney, I would call Michael."
Military law Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike's got a fantastic reputation in the military justice community. He's a great lawyer, great author, and a great guy."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Other
"Michael is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Military law Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who provides so generously to the AVVO community and gives sound legal advice."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Military law Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Waddington is professional, bright and finds creative solutions to complex legal problems. I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael Waddington has demonstrated a high level of talent and devotion to his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him."
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