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Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR

also known as Court & Carpenter PC - Serving Europe | United States | Japan

About me

The civilian military defense lawyers and staff at Court & Carpenter, P.C. "exclusively" defend servicemembers.

Before opening the Seattle firm, Stephen H. Carpenter, Jr served in the  U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.  Mr. Carpenter also served as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer. Mr. Carpenter has been ranked, since 2009, among the top three civilian court-martial lawyers in the nation by the leading authority on attorney 

The renowned trial advocacy trainer, Mr. Ben Hillner, joined the firm in 2016. Mr. David Court, himself a preeminent military expert, may not be practicing, but he regularly consults about his past experiences before courts-martial and boards. Working together on cases, very few firms can arguably offer military Clients and their families such professional experience and personal reassurances.

By way of background, Court & Carpenter represents high-profile members, like the member profiled in the News York Times front-page article, on February 25, 2012, aptly named "Branding a Soldier with Personality Disorder." The media has often sought his insights in other equally compelling cases, as here: 

Court & Carpenter is a top-tier civilian military defense firm with offices in Boston, Seattle, and Stuttgart, Germany. These various locations were strategically selected to allow its lawyers to effectually defend you worldwide on a moments notice.



Languages spoken: German

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Practice areas


  1. Military Law: 100%
    21 years, 500 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Zachary Charles Wagnild

    I endorse this lawyer. I dealt with Stephen when I was a prosecutor and, more recently, have conferred with him on cases. Stephen is always very professional and very prepared. The more I deal with Stephen the more impressed I've become with him as a person and as an attorney.


    Zachary Wagnild Child abuse Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Paul C. Burton

    Steve Carpenter is not only an outstanding lawyer, he is also an outstanding contributor to the legal community. I was privileged to serve with Steve on the Board and as a member of the Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) Section of the Washington State Bar Association. Steve was, and is, an outstanding member, demonstrated by his election as President of LAMP. You could not find a better attorney. There simply is no finer attorney practicing than Steve Carpenter. I endorse him enthusiastically.


    Paul Burton Administrative law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Court & Carpenter PC

1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100
21st Floor
Seattle, WA, 98101

Court & Carpenter PC

20 Park Plaza
4th Floor
Boston, MA, 02116



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Trial Advocacy Instructor, San Francisco, CANational Institiute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)2008
Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy, Columbia, SCU.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ)2004
ARCOM (2d); AAM (2d) , Kosovo & GermanyU.S. Army JAG Corps2004
Platoon Leaders Course, Quantico, VAU.S. Marine Corps1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Attorney, Boston - Seattle - StuttgartLaw Offices Court & Carpenter, P.C.2013 - Present
Member, Seattle, WAThe Carpenter Law Firm, P.C.2008 - Present
AAG Prosecutor for Medical Licensing Complaints, Olympia, WAWashington State Attorney General's Office2005 - 2007
Trial Defense Counsel, Prosecutor, Article 32 Hearings OfficerJudge Advocate General's Corps (JAG)1998 - 2004
PartnerLemery & Carpenter, L.L.C.1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
US Navy and Marine Corps Appellate CourtMember of Bar2014 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Seattle Chapter)Member2014 - Present
US Air Force Appellate CourtMember of Bar2013 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2012 - Present
US Army Appellate CourtMember of Bar2011 - Present
National Instutute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)Trial Advocacy Faculty Instructor2008 - Present
Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesMember of Bar2003 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) SectionChair & Vice-Chair2010 - 2013
University of Washington School of LawMock Appellate Judge2009 - 2010
University of Washington School of LawTrial Advocacy Adjunct Faculty Instructor2007 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
US v. Army (E-6)Not Guilty, Full acquittal
US v. Army (E-6)Not Guilty, Full acquittal
US v. Army (E-5)"No Punishment" sentencing verdict.
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Publication nameTitleDate
New York TimesBranding a Soldier With ‘Personality Disorder’2012
King County Bar BulletinPosttraumatic Stress Disorder: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things2011
King County Bar BulletinDefending Gay Soldiers Who Defend America2010
King County Bar BulletinResolving the Torture Memo Conundrum by Court-Martial2009
King County Bar BulletinGuantanamo 101: Rejecting Cruel, Unusual and Degrading Justice2009
King County Bar BulletinMilitary Commissions: 'Justice' Guantanamo Style2008
Washington State Bar NewsFederal Criminal Practice: A Military Justice Primer2005
Oregon State Bar BulletinBlessed are the Peacemakers: Remembering Kosovo2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
U.S. Army JAG School - Charlottesville, VAMilitary LawCommissioned1999
U.S. Army - Ft. Lawton, WAMilitary LawReserve Unit Course1997
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
U.S. Marine Corps - Quantico, VAOfficer Candidate School (OCS)Commissioned1993
University of VirginiaSchool of Foreign AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Mannheim, Germany)Best Strategies for Defending Murder Cases2011
Regional Military ConferenceDiscrediting Complaining Witnesses in Sexual Assault Cases2010
American Bar AssociationCritical Trial Skills for Legal Services Attorneys2010
U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Fort Lewis, WA)Depositions in Military Practice2009
U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Fort Lewis, WA)Courts-Martial and the Use of Impeachment Evidence2009
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyHow to Take Effective Depositions2009
U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (Mannheim, Germany)Polygraphs and Military Law2004
Kosovo Force Legal TrainingElectronic Surveillance and Courts-Martial Admissibility2001