Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR

Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR

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Stephen H. Carpenter, Jr., manages Court & Carpenter, the only civilian law firm with offices located in the United States and Europe that exclusively practices military justice.  Its lawyers solely specialize in defending courts-martial, involuntary separations, and military investigations.  The firm similarly represents servicemembers with criminal appeals to the various service appellate courts.

Mr. Carpenter has been ranked in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 by one ranking service as one of the top three military law attorneys in the United States. In 2013, Mr. Carpenter achieved special recognition, by, as its top ranked civilian military defense lawyer in the country.

The Court and Carpenter’s branch law offices are located in Stuttgart, Germany and Seattle, Washington. These office locations ensure uniformed members receive professional and perhaps most importantly, personal and prompt, face-to-face attention.  

Consistent with this focus, Court & Carpenter has been retained on military cases throughout the world, to include prior representations of Sailors in San Diego, Airmen in Montana, Soldiers in Kaiserslautern, Marines in Quantico and Coast Guardsmen in Honolulu.  Court and Carpenters’ dedicated team of lawyers in Stuttgart and Seattle are highly experienced, indeed several are former military lawyers who are likewise exceedingly well equipped to advocate for their uniformed clients.

Finally, Mr. Carpenter currently serves as the Chair of the Washington State Bar Section’s Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP):




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