Stephen H. Carpenter, Jr., manages Court & Carpenter, a civilian military defense firm which "exclusively defends" active duty members. This firm maintains offices in Seattle, Washington and Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Carpenter speaks German which is a key component in defending cases involving German police ("Polizei") and local national witnesses.
Stephen has been ranked from 2009-2015 by one ranking service as one of the three best civilian military defense lawyers in the country. He is a former JAG lawyer who received a Honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1996, and the U.S. Army in 2004.
Mr. Carpenter has advocated in courtrooms for nearly twenty years. Stephen has published several law articles about the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). He has likewise received law enforcement training in the Reid Interrogation Technique, which is often used by Air Force OSI, Army CID, Coast Guard CGIS and Navy NCIS agents.
Stephen is a experienced trial attorney. He has lectured at the University of Washington, School of Law as an Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy, similarly he has been certfied by the U.S. Department of Justice at its National Advocacy Center, and been awarded the Trial Advocacy Trainer certification from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).
Mr. Carpenter formerly Chaired the Washington State Bar Section’s Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP):http://www.wsba.org/Legal-Community/Sections/Legal-Assistance-to-Military-Personnel/LAMP-Exec-Committee.
Military justice cases present uniquely complex legal issues which require access to significant resources to even the playing field. The diversity of a larger firm is often a decisive advantage. Court & Carpenter is comprised of three civilian lawyers who specialize in defending courts-martial and involuntary separation boards. Civilian Defense Counsel LCDR (ret.) David Peck joined Court & Carpenter in October 2014, followed by LCDR (ret.) Eric McDonald in January 2015.
Languages Spoken: German
Licensed since 1996
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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.
Patrick Johnson Government Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Certified Trial Advocacy Instructor||National Institiute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)||2008|
|Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy||US Department of Justice (USDOJ)||2004|
|Global War on Terrorism medal; ARCOM (2d); AAM (2d)||US Army JAG Corps||2004|
|Platoon Leaders Course||US Marine Corps||1993|
|Managing Partner||Court & Carpenter||2013 - Present|
|Member||The Carpenter Law Firm, P.C.||2008 - Present|
|Assistant Attorney General||Washington State Attorney General's Office||2005 - 2007|
|Trial Defense Counsel, Prosecutor, Article 32 Hearings Officer||Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG)||1998 - 2004|
|Partner||Lemery & Carpenter LLC||1995 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|US Navy and Marine Corps Appellate Court||Member of Bar||2014 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association (Seattle Chapter)||Member||2014 - Present|
|US Air Force Appellate Court||Member of Bar||2013 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Member||2012 - Present|
|US Army Appellate Court||Member of Bar||2011 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) Section||Chair & Vice-Chair||2010 - 2013|
|University of Washington School of Law||Mock Appellate Judge||2009 - 2010|
|National Instutute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)||Trial Advocacy Faculty Instructor||2008 - Present|
|University of Washington School of Law||Trial Advocacy Adjunct Faculty Instructor||2007 - 2009|
|Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces||Member of Bar||2003 - Present|
|New York Times||Branding a Soldier With ‘Personality Disorder’||2012|
|King County Bar Bulletin||Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things||2011|
|King County Bar Bulletin||Defending Gay Soldiers Who Defend America||2010|
|King County Bar Bulletin||Resolving the Torture Memo Conundrum by Court-Martial||2009|
|King County Bar Bulletin||Guantanamo 101: Rejecting Cruel, Unusual and Degrading Justice||2009|
|King County Bar Bulletin||Military Commissions: 'Justice' Guantanamo Style||2008|
|Washington State Bar News||Federal Criminal Practice: A Military Justice Primer||2005|
|Oregon State Bar Bulletin||Blessed are the Peacemakers: Remembering Kosovo||2002|
|US Army JAG School - Charlottesville, VA||Military Law||Commissioned||1999|
|US Army - Ft. Lawton, WA||Military Law||Reserve Unit Course||1997|
|University of Oregon School of Law - Eugene, OR||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|US Marine Corps - Quantico, VA||Officer Candidate School (OCS)||Commissioned||1993|
|University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA||Foreign Affairs||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Mannheim, Germany)||Best Strategies for Defending Murder Cases||2011|
|Regional Military Conference||Discrediting Complaining Witnesses in Sexual Assault Cases||2010|
|American Bar Association||Critical Trial Skills for Legal Services Attorneys||2010|
|U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Fort Lewis, WA)||Depositions in Military Practice||2009|
|U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Fort Lewis, WA)||Courts-Martial and the Use of Impeachment Evidence||2009|
|National Institute for Trial Advocacy||How to Take Effective Depositions||2009|
|U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Mannheim, Germany)||Polygraphs and Military Law||2004|
|Kosovo Force Legal Training||Electronic Surveillance and Courts-Martial Admissibility||2001|