Michael S. Waddington, Lawyer
  • Lawyer
  • Military Law · Criminal Defense

Michael S. Waddington

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  • First Admitted: 2000

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Areas of Practice

Military Law

Mr. Waddington handles serious and high profile criminal cases worldwide. He has tried jury trials on 3 continents and provides services as a trial consultant in serious criminal cases.
Num cases
3000
Percent of cases
100%
Years practiced
17

Criminal Defense

About

  • No Misconduct

Licenses & Admissions

License

New Jersey

2000

Active

License

Georgia

2006

Active Member in Good Standing

License

Pennsylvania

2000

Active

License

South Carolina

2005

Good Standing

Admission

2006, Georgia

Admission

2005, South Carolina

Admission

2000, Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Languages

English, French, Spanish

About Michael S. Waddington

Michael Waddington is a criminal defense lawyer and the author of the bestselling book, The Art of Trial Warfare . He 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 2010-211 Golden Globe winning TV series “The Good Wife” and other various international media outlets. 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,” the book, “The ‘Good Soldier’ on Trial,” and Brian De Palma’s “Redacted,” (De Palma also directed “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way”). From 2013-2016, Mr. Waddington 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 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 June 2007, Mr. Waddington wrote an article on Court Martials and military law for the New Jersey State Bar Magazine, in the magazine’s first-ever edition focusing on Military Law and issues relevant to military personnel and veterans. This journal is the leading legal news magazine for New Jersey lawyers, judges, and lawmakers. Mr. Waddington served two tours as an Army defense lawyer, worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and as an Army Chief of Military Justice. Mr. Waddington provides criminal defense & trial consultation services in serious cases worldwide. In the summer of 2008, he acted as the chief trial consultant and legal strategist for 3 Israeli clients charged in Tokyo, Japan in the largest drug importation case in Japanese history. He also represents and advises American contracting companies that support the U.S. military overseas regarding criminal prosecutions, investigations and UCMJ actions.

Education

National Trial Lawyers: Trial Lawyers Summit

Advanced Trial Advocacy

2016

Evaluating Truthfulness

Identifying deception using verbal and non-verbal cues

2016

NACDL Seminar Defending the Unthinkable: Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault and Child Victims Cases

Sexual Assault Defense

2013

National Association of Trial Lawyers: Trial Lawyers Summit

Advanced Trial Advocacy

2013

NACDL Seminar DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity: "Winning at Every Level"

DUI Defense

2011

NACDL Sex Crime Defense Seminar: Confronting the Mob Mentality - Defending Sex Cases

Sexual Assault and Sex Crime Defense

2011

NACDL Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

White collar criminal defense

2010

NACDL Criminal Defense Midwinter Seminar

Criminal Defense and Trial Advocacy

2006

US Army JAG School Criminal Law Advocacy Course

Trial Advocacy

2003

US Army JAG School Tax Course

Tax

2002

US Army JAG School Basic Course

Military Science

2001

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

JD

2000

Duquesne University

BA

1997

Universidad de Alicante, Spain

Spanish

Duquesne University, B.A., 1997

University

Temple University School of Law, J.D., 2000

Law School

Experience

Partner

Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC

2006 - Present

Assistant U.S. Attorney

Department Of Justice - - Special Assistant US Attorney (SAUSA)

2004 - 2005

Lawyer

Army Judge Advocate General Corps

2001 - 2006

Legal Counsel

GN Diamond

2000 - 2001

Legal Clinical

Philadelphia Public Defender

1999 - 1999

Legal Intern

US Army Department Of Defense

1999 - 1999

Research Assistant

Temple University Beasley School Of Law

1997 - 2000

Legal Intern

Philadelphia District Attorney's Office

1997 - 1998

Clerk

Sharlock Repcheck & Mahler, P.C.

1996 - 1997

Clerk

Gismondi & Margolis, P.C.

1995 - 1996

Cases

Naples Italy Navy Court Martial for Sexual Assault
United States v. TSgt at Travis Air Force Base, CA
United States v. SGT at Fort Bliss, TX

Memberships & Associations

National Academy of Best Selling Authors

Member

2013 - Present

American Board of Criminal Lawyers

Fellow

2013 - Present

National Association of Court Martial Lawyers

President

2010 - Present

American Bar Association

Member

2009 - Present

National Association of Military Defense Lawyers

Founding Member

2006 - Present

State Bar of Georgia

Member

2006 - Present

South Carolina Bar Association

Member

2005 - Present

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Member

2002 - Present

New Jersey State Bar Association

Member

2000 - Present

Pennsylvania State Bar Association

Member

2000 - Present

Augusta Bar Association

Member

2006 - 2007

Augusta Bar Young Lawyers Section

Member

2006 - 2008

Georgia State Bar Association, Military Law Section

Member

2006 - 2007

South Carolina Bar, Military Law Section

Member

2005 - 2007

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Member

2004 - 2006

Awards

The Art of Trial Warfare 18 Months on Bestseller List

Amazon.com

2016

Quilly Award

National Academy of Best Selling Authors

2013

Army Commendation Medal

U.S. Army

2006

Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy

Army Judge Advocates General's Corps (JAG) - Criminal Law Advocacy Course

2003

Army Achievement Medal

U.S. Army

2003

Global War on Terrorism Medal

U.S. Army

2002

Honors in Trial Advocacy - Integrated Trial Advocacy Program

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

1999

Army Service Ribbon

U.S. Army

1993

Publications

American Bar Association publication

American Bar Association publication

American Bar Association publication

CelebrityPress

American Bar Association publication

New Jersey Lawyer Magazine

Speaking Engagements

National Trial Lawyers Summit

2017

National Trial Lawyers Summit

2017

NACDL Forensic Science Conference in Las Vegas

2017

National Trial Lawyers Summit

2016

CLE Conference

2013

Attacking Witness Credibility & Rules of Evidence

Army Defense Lawyer CLE Conference

2006

Federal Criminal Procedure

DoD Federal Police Officer Training Program

2005

Witness Impeachment

National Defense Lawyer CLE Conference

2004

Urinalysis Defense: Defending a Drug Use Case

National Military Lawyer CLE Conference

2003

Income Tax Prep

IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

2002

Hobbies & Interests

Unspecified

Associated Firms

Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC

Law Firm

Ratings & Reviews

Average Rating

Based on 58 reviews

4.9

Michael S. Waddington

4.9 58