Alexandra González-Waddington – Partner
Elite Criminal Defense Lawyer
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 violent crimes, sexual assault, and white-collar crimes. Since 2003, she has worked on numerous high-profile military sexual assault cases and 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, including 60 Minutes, ABC’s Nightline, The Rolling Stone, the BBC, Fox News, German Public Television, CNN, CBS, and various other international media outlets.
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 successfully completed Templeʼs nationally ranked Integrated Trial Advocacy Program.
Best-Selling Author on Cross-Examination & Sexual Assault Defense
Alexandra & her law partner, Michael, 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, published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). These books are used by criminal defense lawyers across the United States.
From 2015-2021, 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. Additionally, this publication serves as an invaluable resource for policy-makers, academics, and students of the criminal justice system.
Sought-After Trial Advocacy Instructor
At the National Trial Lawyers Summit, Alexandra has lectured to hundreds of the top trial lawyers from across the United States. Her recent 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 at the Loews Miami Beach in South Beach, Florida.
Alexandra was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Alexandra is admitted to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia state district and appellate courts. She is also admitted to practice at all Military Trial Courts worldwide.
Areas of Practice
Alexandra practices in the areas of criminal defense, court-martial defense, military law, and mediation.
Organizations and Affiliations
Alexandra 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.
Alexandra is trilingual. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and has intermediate proficiency in French.
- Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide. NACDL Press, 2021.
- “Military Justice Act of 2016’s Expansion of Military Subpoena Power.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2021. ABA, 2021.
- Pattern Cross-Examination for Forensic Experts: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide. NACDL Press, 2020.
- “Changes to the Punitive Articles Under the Military Justice Act of 2016.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2020. ABA, 2020.
- “MJA 2016.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2019. ABA, 2019.
- “Overview of the Military Justice Act of 2016.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2018. ABA, 2018.
- Pattern Cross-Examination for Sexual Assault Cases: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide. NACDL Press, 2017.
- “Military Criminal Justice: Further Expanded Victim Rights and Overarching Refinements.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2017. ABA, 2017
- “Military Criminal Justice: Expanded Rights for Sexual Assault Victims.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2016. ABA, 2016.
- “Supreme Court Signals The Right To Privacy In Digitally Stored Data.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2015. ABA, 2015.
- “Changes to The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Pertaining to Rape and Sexual Assault.” In The State of Criminal Justice 2014. ABA, 2014.