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.