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Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR

also known as Court & Carpenter

Practice areas:

Military Law

About Me

 


Stephen H. Carpenter, Jr., manages Court & Carpenter and has advocated in courtrooms for over twenty years.  Stephen has been ranked from 2009-2015 by one ranking service as one of the best three civilian military defense lawyers in the country. He is a former Marine and Army JAG Officer. He received a Honorable Discharge from the Army 2004, and the Navy in 1996.


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Stephen often focuses on cutting edge military justice issues, and has published several articles about the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).  Over the past decade, he has successfully represented members from the rank of E-1 to O-6. He has represented scores of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coasties/Guardians, and Airmen. He is dedicated to tackling challenging military justice cases on behalf of uniformed members that face court-martial charges, reprimands and involuntary separation.


His trial skills have been sought after by more than just his Clients. Through the years Mr. Carpenter has also been invited my military defense counsel to teach at local and regional conferences. He fulfilled selections as an Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law; and was trained and certified by the U.S. Department of Justice at its National Advocacy School (NAC). Finally, the preeminent National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) awarded Stephen its designation as a “Trial Advocacy Trainer” in 2008. Stephen benefited from specialized law enforcement training on the Reid Interview & Interrogation Techniques. This insider-perspective has empowered his cross-examinations of federal OSI, CID, NCIS and CGIS agents who have undergone Reid training.


Stephen formerly served as the Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Washington State Bar Section’s Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP). Stephen is a member in good standing with the Washington State Supreme Court, both U.S. District Courts of the State of Washington, and the U.S. Federal Claims Court. Mr. Carpenter has been admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the Navy and Marine Corps Courts of Criminal Appeals, and finally, the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals, as a matter of right.  


His strong advocacy resulted in his national notoriety in a February 25, 2012, with the posting of a front page New York Times article entitled "Branding a Soldier with Personality Disorder." The national news media has since regularly sought his opinion, as a military law expert, about high profile courts-martial.  He has appeared on broadcasts for National Public Radio (NPR), Q13 Fox News, KING Radio, and King 5 News. 


Finally, this lawyer also enjoys golf, skiing and chess. He speaks German. During his off-time, he also enjoys rooting for the German National Team, Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.


 


 

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Languages Spoken: German

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Military Law: 100%
    20 years, 500 cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Aaron V Rocke

    Stephen is a brilliant trial attorney with experience in criminal defense in military and white collar contexts. He is as thoughtful as he is skillful, and he understands how to present a case at trial.

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    Aaron Rocke Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Patrick T Johnson

    I had the opportunity to work as co-counsel with Stephen Carpenter on an Army Administrative Separation board. Mr. Carpenter compiled a powerful list of character witnesses and argued effectively on behalf of our client. His legal knowledge and outstanding advocacy skills resulted in the retention of a very deserving soldier despite some significant challenges.

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    Patrick Johnson Government Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Court & Carpenter (CONUS)

1700 Seventh Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA, 98101

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199607/05/2015
ORInactive199506/28/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Trial Advocacy InstructorNational Institiute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)2008
Certified in Criminal Trial AdvocacyUS Department of Justice (USDOJ)2004
Global War on Terrorism medal; ARCOM (2d); AAM (2d)US Army JAG Corps2004
Platoon Leaders CourseUS Marine Corps1993

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerCourt & Carpenter2013 - Present
MemberThe Carpenter Law Firm, P.C.2008 - Present
Assistant Attorney GeneralWashington State Attorney General's Office2005 - 2007
Trial Defense Counsel, Prosecutor, Article 32 Hearings OfficerJudge Advocate General's Corps (JAG)1998 - 2004
PartnerLemery & Carpenter LLC1995 - 1998

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
US Navy and Marine Corps Appellate CourtMember of Bar2014 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Seattle Chapter)Member2014 - Present
US Air Force Appellate CourtMember of Bar2013 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2012 - Present
US Army Appellate CourtMember of Bar2011 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) SectionChair & Vice-Chair2010 - 2013
University of Washington School of LawMock Appellate Judge2009 - 2010
National Instutute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)Trial Advocacy Faculty Instructor2008 - Present
University of Washington School of LawTrial Advocacy Adjunct Faculty Instructor2007 - 2009
Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesMember of Bar2003 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
US v. Army (E-6)Not Guilty, Full acquittal
US v. Army (E-6)Not Guilty, Full acquittal
US v. Army (E-5)"No Punishment" sentencing verdict.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
New York TimesBranding a Soldier With ‘Personality Disorder’2012
King County Bar BulletinPosttraumatic Stress Disorder: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things2011
King County Bar BulletinDefending Gay Soldiers Who Defend America2010
King County Bar BulletinResolving the Torture Memo Conundrum by Court-Martial2009
King County Bar BulletinGuantanamo 101: Rejecting Cruel, Unusual and Degrading Justice2009
King County Bar BulletinMilitary Commissions: 'Justice' Guantanamo Style2008
Washington State Bar NewsFederal Criminal Practice: A Military Justice Primer2005
Oregon State Bar BulletinBlessed are the Peacemakers: Remembering Kosovo2002

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
US Army JAG School - Charlottesville, VAMilitary LawCommissioned1999
US Army - Ft. Lawton, WAMilitary LawReserve Unit Course1997
University of Oregon School of Law - Eugene, ORLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
US Marine Corps - Quantico, VAOfficer Candidate School (OCS)Commissioned1993
University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VAForeign AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Mannheim, Germany)Best Strategies for Defending Murder Cases2011
Regional Military ConferenceDiscrediting Complaining Witnesses in Sexual Assault Cases2010
American Bar AssociationCritical Trial Skills for Legal Services Attorneys2010
U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Fort Lewis, WA)Depositions in Military Practice2009
U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Fort Lewis, WA)Courts-Martial and the Use of Impeachment Evidence2009
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyHow to Take Effective Depositions2009
U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Mannheim, Germany)Polygraphs and Military Law2004
Kosovo Force Legal TrainingElectronic Surveillance and Courts-Martial Admissibility2001