Raftery & Wendl Criminal Law Team

When up against criminal charges, you might feel cornered and alone, but do not let yourself get defeated. An experienced and dedicated legal team will fight for you and do what it takes to help you win your case or find the best result possible for your situation.

Fighting as a Team
It is important to have a committed legal team on your side championing your cause. Cole Raftery and Michael Wendl are not only dedicated lawyers, but also close friends. This means two sets of eyes working on every case and a solid team of professionals who genuinely care about the end result. Raftery & Wendl work together on every case to help clients beat their charges and obtain the best results every time.


Cole Raftery

Cole Raftery is an experienced lawyer and partner at Raftery & Wendl. Raised in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Cole pursued his Doctorate of Law at University of Toronto before articling for Arthur Maloney, QC (Queens Counsel), one of the best and well-known Criminal Lawyers in Canada, and then working as Assistant Crown Attorney in Hamilton. Cole has since decided that criminal defense was his passion and that he would rather fight to keep people out of jail than to put them in.


Cole is not only a former Canadian boxing champion, but he also has 30 years’ experience in the courtroom.


Michael Wendl

Michael Wendl is a Hamilton lawyer and partner at Raftery & Wendl. Michael began working with Cole in 2009 because he felt a calling for criminal law. Fluently Bilingual, Michael does trials in both French and English and has strength in written legal argument.

Michael is a dedicated criminal lawyer who cares about his clients and tirelessly strives for the best deals for his clients. He has been successfully fighting for and championing his clients’ rights since 2007.

Michael is happily married to his wife Valerie with one son.

Hue Nguyen

Hue was born and raised in Hamilton and went to school at Mohawk College for Legal Office Administration before joining Raftery & Wendl in December 2010. She has proven herself to be dedicated, hardworking and in tune with the interests of clients.