Michael Waddington

González & Waddington, LLC
19269 Seneca Ave
Weston, FL 33332
(706) 627-3555

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, military sex crimes, violent crimes, and white-collar crimes.

He also teaches criminal defense lawyers (civilian and military) how to effectively cross-examine hostile witnesses and win trials.

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 & Alexandra literally wrote some of the best-selling books on cross-examination, sexual assault defense, trial strategy, and closing arguments.

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. These books are used by criminal defense lawyers worldwide (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 is also the author of the bestselling book, The Art of Trial Warfare. The legal strategies from The Art of Trial Warfare are used by trial lawyers around the world and taught at various law schools.

For nearly twenty years, Mr. Waddington’s high-profile cases have been covered by major international media outlets. He has appeared in a major CNN documentary, “Killings at the Canal” and some of his cases have inspired books and movies. These include the Academy Award-winning documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side,” 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”). Michael has also consulted on numerous Hollywood TV and media projects, including the series “The Good Wife.” In 2020, Michael published his first novel, Battlemind, a military legal thriller.

Nationwide, Mr. Waddington teaches criminal defense lawyers how to effectively cross-examine hostile witnesses and win trials. After hundreds of contested jury trials, we have developed some of the best techniques to win military sex crimes and Article 120 UCMJ cases.

He has repeatedly 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.

In November 2021, Michael and Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington were featured lecturers at NACDL’s 12th Annual “Defending Sex Crimes Seminar.” At this course, they taught two courses on how to defend Article 120 UCMJ military sexual assault cases and how to cross-examine experts in sexual assault cases.

Mr. Waddington was also 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.”

In 2021, Gideon’s Promise invited him to lecture defense lawyers from across the USA on closing arguments, impeaching witnesses, and cross-examination. Gideon’s Promise is a nonprofit public defender organization whose mission is to transform the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities.

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 has also lectured on war crimes and the law of war at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.