Stephen H. Carpenter, Jr., manages Court & Carpenter, a civilian military defense firm which exclusively represents military members. Stephen has been ranked from 2009-2015 by one ranking service as one of the three best civilian military defense lawyers in the country. Stephen is a former JAG lawyer who received a Honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1996 and the U.S. Army in 2004. As a former military member and Assistant Attorney General Prosecutor, Mr. Carpenter has aggressively advocated for clients for nearly twenty years. Mr. Carpenter has also published several articles about the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Military justice cases typically present unique and complex legal issues which require access to significant resources to even the proverbial playing field; the diversity of a larger firm often satisfies these needs. Court & Carpenter is comprised of three civilian lawyers who specialize in defending courts-martial and involuntary separation boards. The firm is pleased to have David Peck join the CONUS office in October 2014, and Eric McDonald in January 2015.
Over a decade ago U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors certified Stephen in criminal trial advocacy. Stephen has lectured as an Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy at the University of Washington, Bill Gates School of Law. The law school also invites Stephen to judge its Moot Court Trial and Appellate Advocacy Competitions. Finally, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) designated him as a Trial Advocacy trainer in 2009. He has since taught hundreds of lawyers on effective courtroom tactics and techniques.
Mr. Carpenter formerly Chaired the prestigious 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.