Attorneys

Our Lawyers

Michael Waddington
Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington
Tim Bilecki
William Summers
Ernesto Gapasin

Michael Stewart Waddington – Partner

Michael WaddingtonMichael Waddington is a criminal defense lawyer that defends cases in military courts worldwide. He also defends military personnel that 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 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 2010-2012 Golden Globe winning TV series “The Good Wife” and other various international media outlets. Click here to read about our work with the “The Good Wife”

He is a member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL), an exclusive, by invitation only, group comprised of the top 200 criminal lawyers in the world. At 39, he was one of the youngest members to have been inducted into the organization.

The ABCL is the equivalent of the “Pro Football 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 win at least thirty-five (35), at least five (5) of which being capital or life sentence cases. WATCH THIS VIDEO TO LEARN MORE.

Overview of Mr. Waddington’s recent accomplishments:

FELLOW – AMERICAN BOARD OF CRIMINAL LAWYERS (less than .004% of US criminal lawyers receive this honor)
VOTED 2014 SUPER LAWYERS – GEORGIA, RISING STAR
TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS IN THE USA – The National Trial Lawyers Association
RATED by AVVO.com – 10.0 SUPERB

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Mr. Waddington wrote chapters in the 2013 and 2014 American Bar Association (ABA) 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.

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 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”).

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Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington – Partner

Background and Education

Alexandra Gonzalez-WaddingtonAlexandra is a founding partner of the firm. She has defended some of the most high profile war crime cases of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and has been at the tip of the spear in defending military sexual assault cases.

Alexandra was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Bachelor of Arts degree and studied at the Université de Nantes, France.

She attended Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from which she obtained her Juris Doctor degree. At Temple, she successfully completed Temple’s Nationally ranked Integrated Trial Advocacy Program.

Bar Admissions

Alexandra is admitted to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, all state district and appellate courts, and all Military Trial Courts worldwide.

Areas of Practice

Mrs. Waddington practices in the areas of criminal defense, court martial defense, military law, mediation, military divorce, and family law.

Organizations and Affiliations

Mrs. Waddington 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

Mrs. Waddington is tri-lingual. She is fluent in Spanish and English and has intermediate proficiency in French.
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Timothy Bilecki, Attorney at Law – Of Counsel

Timothy Bilecki, Attorney at Law - Of CounselMr. 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 has continued his reputation as a heavy hitting, strategic thinking and aggressive trial attorney who will take any case to trial to protect his clients from the government. He left the Army as a Major and as 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 travelled globally to investigate and try cases to protect the rights of his clients – from the barangys of Manila, to streets of Baghdad to the US Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana – Mr. Bilecki leaves no stone unturned and takes whatever steps are 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 and has consulted various media organizations on military justice matters.
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William L. Summers, Attorney at Law – Of Counsel

William L. Summers, Attorney at Law - Of CounselAttorney Bill Summers is one of the most recognized and highly regarded criminal defense lawyers in the United States. He has tried over 550 felony jury trials as lead counsel.

The 2011 movie, “Kill the Irishman,” staring Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer, is about one of Mr. Summers’ clients, Danny Greene, a tough Irishman working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970′s. This is one example of Mr. Summers’ ability to successfully defend challenging cases, despite the overwhelming odds.

Bill Summers has practiced criminal law since 1969. He defends all serious criminal cases ranging from murder to Internet crimes. Bill practices in Ohio, Kentucky, Military Courts worldwide, many U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. He received the Robert C. Heeney Award in 1982 for his leadership in the New Mexico prison riot defense project. Bill has served on the NACDL Board, currently serves as a board member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is co-chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Criminal Jury Instructions Committee.
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Ernesto C. Gapasin, Attorney at Law – Of Counsel

Ernesto C. Gapasin, Attorney at Law - Of CounselMr. Gapasin continues to obtain outstanding results for his clients and attributes much of his success to years of experience, solid and disciplined courtroom skills, and a diligent work ethic. Mr. Gapasin faced a mandatory transition out of Military Justice due to an expected promotion to Major. Mr. Gapasin, however, desired to continue litigating in Military Courtrooms around the world, and to continue defending our military service members. As a result, Mr. Gapasin left Active Duty and opened Newsom & Gapasin, Attorneys at Law. Mr. Gapasin practices law on a global scale and will represent service members wherever they are stationed in the world.
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Mr. Gapasin has litigated a number of trials that have garnered high-profile media attention and that have been covered by major news outlets such as CNN, ABC News, Fox News, and even periodicals such as The Washington Post and Rolling Stone. Mr. Gapasin also contributed to a multi-series documentary titled, The War Comes Home, by Elliot Smith of Bloomberg News, which is about service members who deploy to war but return with serious mental and behavioral issues. Mr. Gapasin is passionate about keeping the court-martial system honest, and to ensure that all service members are treated fairly and with dignity and respect. Mr. Gapasin wants to win and dedicates his law career to making this happen.
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