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 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.
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.
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. He is also 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”.)
Mr. Waddington teaches trial advocacy across the United States. At the 2018 and 2019 National Trial Lawyers Summits, 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 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.”
From 2013-2020, 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.
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.
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 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.
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 completed Templeʼs nationally ranked Integrated Trial Advocacy Program.
From 2015-2020, she wrote chapters in the American Bar Association (ABA) books, “The State of Criminal Justice.” This annual publicat
ion 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.
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 a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from NOVA Southeastern University.
Ms. Flores is bilingual; she is proficient in both Spanish and English languages.
Timothy Bilecki, Attorney at Law – Trial Consultant
Timothy J. Bilecki is the Managing Partner at Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC. Bilecki & Tipon is a Honolulu, Hawaii based law firm which defends US Military service members facing criminal charges and adverse administrative matters under the UCMJ. Mr. Bilecki is the co-founder of the firm. As the Managing Partner, he supervises the firm’s associate attorneys, its investigator, four staff members and maintains his own caseload. He also oversees strategic operations and financial management of the firm.
Mr. Bilecki is an “A group” graduate of the prestigious National Criminal Defense College; a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and his cases have been featured on various national and international media outlets, including CNN, Fox News and USA Today.