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Welcome to Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC. We aggressively defend Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps cases worldwide. We fight court martial cases throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim (Korea, Hawaii, Guam, Japan). We represent military clients that are under investigation by CID, OSI, and NCIS with the objective of avoiding criminal charges. Founded and led by Michael Waddington, our firm is one of the most experienced and successful military law firms in the world.

Results - We invite you to compare our case results with ANY lawyers worldwide, civilian or military. We also provide references on request. What are the Real Costs of a Court Martial Conviction? - Learn why a quick plea deal may not be in your best interests.

In the military justice system, the Prosecution has numerous attorneys and paralegals working hard to put you in prison for as long as possible. The accused is often scared, overwhelmed, and feels helpless, and they should be. The deck is stacked against them.

Michael Waddington is a criminal defense lawyer and bestselling author specializing in serious felonies, military crimes, court martial cases, and war crimes.

Fellow - American Board of Criminal Lawyers
2013 TOP 100 Trial Lawyers in the USA - The National Trial Lawyers Association
2014 Super Lawyers - Georgia, Rising Star
AVVO.com Rating - 10.0 SUPERB

Mr. Waddington 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 Nightline, the BBC, German Public Television, CNN, CBS, the 2010-212 Golden Globe winning TV series "The Good Wife."

He appeared in a major CNN Documentary, the 2009 "Killings at the Canal" and some of his cases have been the subject of books and movies, including the Academy Award Winning film "Taxi to the Dark Side."

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Michael Waddington

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 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). All 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 both the 2020 and 2021 NACDL Forensic Science Conferences. In his lectures, he taught lawyers how to Cross-Examine the Prosecution’s Forensic Experts and How to Impeach Prosecution Witnesses. 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.”

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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.

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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.

  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA BA, Honors: Magna Cum Laude 1997
  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA Juris Doctor 2000
  • License and Bar ID- 86125 - Pennsylvania
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Alexandra González-Waddington

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 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.

pattern cross examination for sexual assaultIn 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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Bar Admissions
Alexandra is admitted to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia state district and appellate courts. She is also admitted to practice at all Military Trial Courts worldwide.

Areas of Practice
Alexandra practices in the areas of criminal defense, court-martial defense, military law, and mediation.

Organizations and Affiliations
Alexandra is a member of the Georgia State and Augusta Bar Associations. She is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Languages
Alexandra is trilingual. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and has intermediate proficiency in French.

Publications
Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide. NACDL Press, 2021.
“Military Justice Act of 2016’s Expansion of Military Subpoena Power.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2021. ABA, 2021.
Pattern Cross-Examination for Forensic Experts: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide. NACDL Press, 2020.
“Changes to the Punitive Articles Under the Military Justice Act of 2016.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2020. ABA, 2020.
“MJA 2016.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2019. ABA, 2019.
“Overview of the Military Justice Act of 2016.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2018. ABA, 2018.
Pattern Cross-Examination for Sexual Assault Cases: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide. NACDL Press, 2017.
“Military Criminal Justice: Further Expanded Victim Rights and Overarching Refinements.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2017. ABA, 2017
“Military Criminal Justice: Expanded Rights for Sexual Assault Victims.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2016. ABA, 2016.
“Supreme Court Signals The Right To Privacy In Digitally Stored Data.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2015. ABA, 2015.
“Changes to The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Pertaining to Rape and Sexual Assault.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2014. ABA, 2014.

  • Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Bar Admissions: Alexandra is admitted to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia state district and appellate courts. She is also admitted to practice at all Military Trial Courts worldwide.
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