Stephen H. Carpenter, Jr., has advocated in courtrooms for over twenty years. He has been ranked from 2009-2015 by one ranking service as one of the three best civilian military defense lawyers in the country. Mr. Carpenter formerly served with the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. Stephen exclusively defends uniformed members faced with adverse actions under the UCMJ.
Stephen periodically appears as a court-martial defense expert for National Public Radio (NPR), Q13 Fox News, KING Radio, and King 5 News to discuss high-profile military cases.
On February 25, 2012, the New York Times profiled his own client's case in "Branding a Soldier with Personality Disorder."
Court & Carpenter is the only civilian military firm with legal offices in the United States and Europe. Specifically, the firm maintains offices in Seattle and Stuttgart. The dual location makes it extraordinary convenient for overseas uniformed members to access legal guidance in a prompt and geographically advantageous way. Additionally, the firm's lawyers speak German. Court & Carpenter simply does not leave anything to chance when so much is at stake.
Stephen formerly served as Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy at the University of Washington, School of Law. Mr. Carpenter has likewise taught at regional conferences for military defense lawyers.
In 2003, U.S. Department of Justice certified him, in criminal law, at its National Advocacy School. In 2008, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) awarded him its designation as a “Trial Advocacy Trainer.” Stephen also recently 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.
This lawyer formerly served as the Chair-elect, 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 and the Navy and Marine Corps Courts of Criminal Appeals.