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Nicholas Wooldridge

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Nicholas Wooldridge
Nicholas Wooldridge, Esq.
Nicholas Wooldridge, Esq.
BornNicholas Mitar Wooldridge
(1977-06-29) June 29, 1977 (age 44)
Las Vegas, Nevada
🏡 ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 Education
💼 Occupation
Criminal defense attorney
📆 Years active  2004 – Present

Nicolas M. Wooldridge (born June 29, 1977) is an American criminal defense attorney based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is popularly known for defending high-profile cases such as accused cybercriminal Maksym Yastremsky, accused child pornographer Maksym Shynkarenko, and accused conspirator to the Boston Marathon bombing Azamat Tazhayakov.[1][2] Wooldridge is the managing partner of the Las Vegas-based law firm LV Criminal Defense. He is licensed to practice law in Nevada, New York, and United States district courts.

Early life and education[edit]

Wooldridge was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from University of Nevada, Reno in 2000 and obtained his law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2003.


Beginnng in 2006, Wooldridge worked with Bukh and Associates in New York City, a firm which provides legal representation in some of the nation’s most notorious criminal cases, including cybercrime prosecutions and cases connected with the Boston Marathon bombing.[3]

Wooldridge was the attorney for Azamat Tazhayakov, a roommate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.[4][5] Tsarnaev was convicted of planting bombs at Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Wooldridge defended Tazhayakov in Federal court where he was charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.[4][5]

Wooldridge also represented Maksym Shynkarenko, the founder of the international child pornography website Illegal.CP.[6] In 2012, Shynkarenko was extradited to the US to face charges of distribution of child pornography; he accepted a guilty plea to a single count and was sentenced to 30 years.[7] Wooldridge argued that the three years Shynkarenko spent in a Thailand jail should be subtracted from his sentence, which the judge accepted. He also argued for a reduction based on the "deplorable conditions" of the jails in Thailand, the judge denied that request. The Associated Press referred to Maksym Shynkarenko as "most significant distributor of child pornography ever prosecuted in the U.S." Wooldridge described him as a "smart guy" and "who used his knowledge of computers to run the network of websites described in the indictment."[8]

Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were arrested for the second time on April 20 of the same year and were accused of violating their student visa.[9] Wooldridge would later argue in court that this was "the first time that the FBI makes a house call over a student visa violation" but according to Masha Gessen this was almost certainly not true, as such arrests had become common since the September 11 attacks.[4] On August 13, they were arraigned in federal court accused of taking evidence from Tsarnaev's room, each charged with one count of obstruction of justice and one count of conspiracy to obstruct.[10] Tazhayakov pleaded not guilty to the charges which cared a maximum sentence of 20 and 5 years in prison repectively.[11][10]

During the trial in July 2014, Wooldridge described his client as just an innocent "kid."[12] While cross-examining Special Agent Sara Wood, who had interrogated Tazhayakov during his arrest, Wooldridge asked if his client had been allowed to use the bathroom upon request. Wood claimed he had been; that he had signed the statement after he used the bathroom. However, video evidence showed that this was not true. According to Gessen, Wooldridge would later catch Wood's colleague Agent Farbod Azad in "the same fib."[4] Nonetheless, Tazhayakov was found guilty on July 21, 2014 for removing a backpack from Dzhokhar Tsarnaevís room.[13] During his sentencing hearing on June 5, 2015, Wooldridge claimed that his client now knows he was wrong. Tazhayakov was sentenced to 42 months in jail.[14]

In 2015, Wooldridge returned to Las Vegas and founded LV Criminal Defense, a firm that defends criminal cases in the state and federal courts of Nevada.[15][16][17]

Notable clients[edit]

  • Sergey Boltutskiy - smuggling[18]
  • Amy Elizabeth Fleming - murder[19]
  • Vladislav Horohorin - co-counsel, credit card trafficking[20]
  • Floyd Mayweather Sr. - battery[21]
  • Nicolai Howard Mork - weapons of mass destruction[22]
  • Oleg Nikolaenko - co-counsel, spam[23]
  • Maksym Shynkarenko - child pornography[6]
  • Michael Ray Stevens - domestic violence[24]
  • Azamat Tazhayakov - conspiracy to obstruct justice[5]
  • Alexander Yakovlev - co-counsel, wire fraud and money laundering[25]
  • Maksym Yastremsky - credit card trafficking[26]


Nick Wooldridge is listed as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Nevada by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys,[27] One of America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys,[28] and one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers.[29] MyVegas Magazine named Wooldridge as one of their “Top 100 Men of Success.”[30]

Wooldridge has been Lead Counsel Rated with Thomson Reuters since 2014,[31] holds an AV Preeminent rating on Martindale-Hubbell,[32], and is a 10-rated criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas, NV, with a five-star client rating on Avvo.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Nicholas Wooldridge is an avid yoga practitioner and was the runner up in the Men’s division at the 2012-2013 USA Yoga New York Regional Competition.[34]


  1. Nicoll, Will (21 October 2019). "A Vegas Attorney Who Has Defended Super Hackers Offers Insights On Sports Betting And Cyber Crime". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  2. Bukh, Arkady (3 December 2019). "5 Digital Marketing Tips for the Legal Niche From a Lawyer". Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur Media. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  3. Daniel (29 October 2019). "The Top Lawyer to the World's Notorious Cyber Criminals - An Interview with Nicholas Wooldridge". Hacker Noon. Hacker Noon. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gessen, Masha (May 2015). The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy. New York: Riverhead Books. p. 205. ISBN 978-1594634000. This may be the first time Immigration makes a house call over a student-visa violation. And the FBI is with them! This may be the first time the FBI makes a house call over a student-visa violation. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Malone, Scott (2014-07-24). "Friend of Boston bomb suspect denies obstructing investigation". Yahoo News. Reuters. Archived from the original on 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-02-22. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 U.S. Attorneyís Office, District of New Jersey (2014-01-08). "Founder Of Ukraine-Based Hardcore Child Pornography Website Admits Guilt, Will Be Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison". Department of Justice. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  7. "Ukrainian man who ran international child porn website pleads guilty, accepts 30-year term". NJ.com. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  8. Porter, David (2014-06-17). "Major child porn distributor sentenced to 30 years". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  9. Kelley, Michael (2013-05-01). "Here's What We Know About The Three New Suspects Linked To Alleged Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 2013-05-05. Retrieved 2017-02-16. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Larson, Erik (2013-08-08). "Boston Bomb Suspectís Friends Indicted Over Backpack". Bloomberg.com. Archived from the original on 2017-02-19. Retrieved 2017-02-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Wen, Patricia (2013-08-13). "Tsarnaev friends plead not guilty to obstruction of justice". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2013-10-27. Retrieved 2017-02-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Harrison, Marcia Scott (2014-07-07). "Boston attacks suspect boasted of bomb skills to friends: prosecutor". Yahoo News. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  13. Larson, Erik; Lawrence, Janelle (2014-07-21). "Boston Bomb Suspectís Friend Convicted of Obstruction". Bloomberg.com. Archived from the original on 2017-02-19. Retrieved 2017-02-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Valencia, Milton J.; Ellement, John R.; Finucane, Martin (2015-06-05). "Tsarnaev friend Azamat Tazhayakov sentenced to 3? years in prison". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2017-02-19. Retrieved 2017-02-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. IdeaMensch Staff (25 October 2017). "Nicholas Wooldridge – Criminal Defense Attorney". IdeaMensch. IdeaMensch. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  16. Weiner, Yitzi (8 March 2018). ""Modify The Requirements For Much Of The Work Lawyers Do" 3 Ways To Fix The System, With Nicholas Wooldridge". Medium. Thrive Global. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  17. Mathew, Neil (3 October 2019). "Nicholas Wooldridge: The Star Attorney That Believes In Blockchain And Fighting Injustice". Yahoo!. Yahoo!. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  18. Hanson, Tony (30 December 2013). "Man Sentenced in Philadelphia For Smuggling Night-Vision Devices Overseas". CBS 3 Philly. CBS Philly. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  19. Bleakley, Caroline (28 February 2019). "Evidence 'comical' in case of mother accused of killing son, attorney says". 8 News Now. Nexstar Media Group. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  20. "United States v. HOROHORIN (1:12-cr-00221)". CourtListener. Free Law Project. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  21. Yahm, Brenda (27 June 2018). "Floyd Mayweather Sr. found not guilty in Vegas battery case". FOX5 Vegas. KVVU-TV. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  22. Associated Press (22 June 2018). "Vegas man pleads guilty in weapons of mass destruction case". News 3 Las Vegas. Sinclair Broadcast Group. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  23. Vielmetti, Bruce (7 March 2013). "Russian king of spam avoids prison in plea deal". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  24. Newberg, Katelyn (10 January 2019). "Ex-Henderson police officer's domestic violence charges dropped". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  25. Russell, George (17 April 2014). "UN slams convicted procurement fraudster for trying to claim benefits". Fox News. Fox News. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  26. Batambuze III, Ephraim (6 February 2014). "How Ukrainian hacker Maksym Yastremsky, who stole 40 million cards was arrested". PC Tech Magazine. PC Tech Magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  27. "Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Nevada". National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  28. "Nicholas Wooldridge". America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys. America’s Top 100. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  29. "Top 100 Trial Lawyers Directory". The National Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  30. "Issue 319 - Wooldridge Law". Issuu. MyVegas Magazine. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  31. "Attorney Nicholas Wooldridge: LV Criminal Defense". Lead Counsel. Thompson Reuters. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  32. "Nicholas M. Wooldridge". Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  33. "Nick Wooldridge". Avvo. Avvo. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  34. "2012-2013 New York Regional Results". USA Yoga. United States Yoga Federation. 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2019.

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