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Stephen Kerr Dunkle

Criminal defense Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

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I am a partner at the law firm of Sanger Swysen & Dunkle, with offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.  My practice is primarily criminal defense and appeals.  I am an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  I defend clients accused of crimes up to and through trial.  I have also been involved in preparing complex criminal and civil litigation matters and avoiding indictment for clients in potential federal criminal investigations. I received an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell. 

ADMISSIONS: State Bar of California, U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Ninth Circuit and D.C. Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.


BOARD CERTIFICATION: Certified Specialist, Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.


EDUCATION: Pomona College (B.A. 2000); University of Southern California Law School (J.D. 2003).


MEMBERSHIP: The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the California Public Defender's  Association (CPDA), California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), California Appellate Defense Counsel (CADC) and American Bar Association (ABA).


PRACTICE AREAS: Criminal Defense, Appeals, Civil Litigation  


Licensed for 19 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/01/2022

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Sanger Swysen & Dunkle
125 E. De La Guerra Street, Suite 102
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101


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Posted by Sam | July 1, 2013
Thank you, Mr. Dunkle
Mr. Dunkle is a partner of Sanger, Swysen & Dunkle in Santa Barbara. And throughout the duration of my case, he carried me through the end. He was freely open to give his knowledge and advice, or answer any of my hundreds of questions, or talk through the possible outcomes of different scenarios; which was appreciative because it really helped me to keep calm. During the legal appearance, he was on time and his presence added to my favor. I’m truly grateful to have found him and his practice. A big thank you too to Jake and Jessica in the main office too, you were both very kind.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sanger Swysen & Dunkle
  • 2004 - Present


  • University of Southern California Law School
  • 2003
  • Pomona College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Co-Editor, Amicus Committee Member
  • N/A
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Appellate Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2014
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014

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Santa Barbara Criminal defense Lawyer Stephen Kerr Dunkle
Stephen Kerr Dunkle
Criminal defense Attorney
Santa Barbara, CA
Licensed for 19 years