Click here for full bio – Michael Waddington is a criminal defense lawyer and best-selling author who defends cases in military courts worldwide. He also defends military personnel who are under investigation and have not yet been charged. He specializes in defending serious criminal cases including sex crimes, war crimes, violent crimes, and white collar crimes.
Mr. Waddington’s 2018 book, Kick-Ass Closings: A Guide to Giving the Best Closing of Your Life, 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 a co-author of the book, Pattern Cross-Examination for Sexual Assault Cases: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide, published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
Mr. Waddington has been reported on and quoted by hundreds of major media sources worldwide. He has provided consultation services to CNN Investigative Reports, “60 Minutes,” Katie Couric, ABC’s “Nightline,” the BBC, German Public Television, CNN, CBS, the Golden Globe-winning TV series “The Good Wife,” and various other international media outlets.
He 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 2013 documentary, “The Kill Team,” the books “The ‘Good Soldier’ on Trial,” “Strike & Destroy,” and Brian De Palma’s “Redacted.” (De Palma also directed “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way”.)
Mr. Waddington teaches trial advocacy across the United States. At the 2018 National Trial Lawyers Summit, Mr. Waddington shared the stage with legendary attorneys F. Lee Bailey (one of OJ Simpson’s lawyers), Mark Geragos (who defended Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and other celebrities), and Mark O’Mara (George Zimmerman’s lawyer), to teach cutting-edge trial techniques to attorneys from across the USA. In 2016 and 2017, Mr. Waddington also lectured at the prestigious Trial Lawyers Summit.
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 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.”
From 2013-2018, Mr. Waddington wrote chapters in the American Bar Association (ABA) annual book, “The State of Criminal Justice.” In 2016, he published Trial Warrior’s Book of Wisdom: A Compilation of Quotes for Success in Law and Life, which is ranked as an Amazon bestseller.
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 is a co-author of the book, Pattern Cross-Examination for Sexual Assault Cases: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide, published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). The NACDL is the preeminent organization in the United States advancing the mission of criminal defense lawyers to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of a crime or other misconduct.
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 February 5-8, 2017 at the Loews Miami Beach in South Beach, Florida.
A former Assistant Public Defender in the State of Georgia, Alexandra has worked on various types of cases. These include rapes, larcenies, and white collar crimes. She graduated from Temple Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA where she completed Templeʼs nationally ranked Integrated Trial Advocacy Program.
In 2015 and 2016, 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. 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.
Timothy Bilecki, Attorney at Law – Trial Consultant
Mr. Bilecki is an experienced court-martial defense lawyer who represents Service Members accused of serious crimes anywhere in the world. Previously lauded as one of the best trial attorneys in the Army, he continues to be a heavy hitting, strategic thinking, and aggressive trial attorney. Mr. Bilecki will take any case to trial to protect his clients from the government. He left the Army as a Major and the Senior Defense Counsel for the US Army Trial Defense Service, Pacific Rim Region. In the military, he spent two tours as a defense and senior defense counsel as well as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii.
He has traveled globally to investigate and try cases to protect the rights of his clients. From the barangays of Manila to the streets of Baghdad and the US Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana, Mr. Bilecki leaves no stone unturned. He takes whatever steps necessary to ensure his clients are zealously represented, from initial allegation to verdict. In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Bilecki teaches and mentors other attorneys on military justice and trial advocacy. He has also consulted various media organizations on military justice matters.
Sandra Flores is the Administrative Assistant/Paralegal for the law firm and handles client contacts, billing, and conducts legal research. She was born and raised in Morelia, Mexico, but immigrated to California at an early age. She graduated from Cal State University of Northridge and earned a BA degree in English and a minor in Linguistics and a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from NOVA Southeastern University.
Ms. Flores is bilingual; she is proficient in both Spanish and English languages.