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Stephen Carpenter, Jr.

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Court & Carpenter PC
Address
1700 Seventh Avenue
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21st Flooor
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Seattle, WA 98101

Website
https://www.militarylawfirm.com
Areas of Practice
Military/Veterans Law
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1700 7th Avenue, Seattle, WA, USA
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Stephen H. Carpenter Jr. is the managing military attorney at Court & Carpenter PC. He has published several articles on military justice, including Federal Criminal Practice: A Military Justice Primer; A PTSD Primer: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things; Resolving the Torture Memo Conundrum by Court-Martial; Guantanamo 101: Rejecting Cruel, Unusual and Degrading Justice; Military Commissions: Justice Guantanamo Style; Defending Gay Soldiers Who Defend America; and Blessed are the Peacemakers: Remembering Kosovo.

Mr. Carpenter previously served as an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law. He has also taught effective oral advocacy techniques for the Attorney General’s Office, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, American Bar Association, and Seattle Academy.

In 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice certified Mr. Carpenter in criminal trial advocacy after he attended a course at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina.

Mr. Carpenter also formerly served as an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the State of Washington where he assisted appellate government lawyers prepare for oral and written arguments. He has likewise judged law student appellate competitions at the University of Washington School of Law. Mr. Carpenter formerly prosecuted, over a two-year period, scores of Washington State physicians, psychologists, and dentists for professional malpractice and succeeded in persuading the disciplinary boards that discipline was warranted in each and every case he prosecuted.

Awards & Honors

Army Commendation Medal (2nd award)
Army Achievement Medal, Army Overseas Ribbon
NATO medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
National Defense Service Medal (2nd award)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Former Service-Related Coins (including coin from current Army Chief of Staff)

Seminars

Essential Trial Skills Lecturer, Litigation Section American Bar Association;
Adjunct Lecturer, Trial Advocacy Program, University of Washington, School of Law
Trial Skills Lecturer, The National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Deposition Skills Lecturer, The National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Mock Trial Mentor, Seattle Academy, H.S. Mock Trial Team
Defending Murder Cases, USATDS
The Use of Impeachment in Sexual Assault Cases, USTDS
Polygraph Examinations from a Defense Perspective, USATDS

Memberships

The Judge Advocate General’s Association
National Institute of Military Justice
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Criminal Law Section, Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
International Law Section, WSBA
Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Section
American Bar Association

Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Federal District Court of Oregon
Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington
Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
Oregon State Bar
Washington State Bar
Army Court of Criminal Appeals
Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Education

Georgetown University Law School, Washington DC, L.L.M. Candidate, September 2021
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Trial Advocacy School, 2004
Finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship Grant, Sweden, 2004
U.S. Army JAG School, Officer Basic Course, 1999
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1995
U.S. Marine Corps, Officer Candidate School, 1993
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia School of Government and Foreign Affairs, B.A., 1990

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Court & Carpenter, PC - Military Defense Lawyers

1700 7th Ave #2100, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

(206) 357-8434

4.6 out of 5 stars

Robert Cotta

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

The best defense attorneys you can hire, hands down. Professional and courteous, these are the attorneys that will turn heads in court. That speaks volumes about their reputation defending Service Members. I was undecided, but I knew that after our initial consultation that they were the best for a...

Betty Pileski

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

Mr. Carpenter came to my rescue after I had exhausted all the JAGs had to offer me. He fought for my life and my career. He was very professional and passionate in the courtroom, and gave his all, so that in the end we came out on the winning side. After facing over seven charges the prosecutors...

Google User

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

Mr Carpenter is an amazing attorney. He was always responsive, dedicated solely to my best interests, and was not afraid to go head-to-head with the government and my unit. He was able to achieve the outcome that i desired and I always felt that my case was in very competent hands with Mr Carpenter...

LT USN

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

BEST MILITARY DEFENSE ATTORNEY EVER! Mr. Carpenter successfully defended me at my Board of Inquiry (BOI) and I was retained for future service. I can't explain in words what that meant for my Family and I. I was up against the wall for what was considered a semi fraternization case of adultery. I...

Clarence Chen

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

Thank you for having the confidence in me, and to help me to pass every part of the poly that I need for this round. I am thankful to your firm beyond words, please accept my heartfelt thanks! You help me to lift tons of burden off my shoulders, and I am able to sleep better every night from now on...

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Stephen Carpenter Jr., Court & Carpenter, P.C.
Stephen Carpenter Jr., Court & Carpenter, P.C. 1700 Seventh Ave, Ste 2100, Seattle, WA, 98101

4.98 out of 5 stars

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted one month ago

Getting accused of not one, nor two, but three specifications of 120 is like a catastrophic eruption. I dealt with that well over a year ago. It was the worse day of my life talking to NCIS because I was naive thinking I knew what to do. I didn’t even ask for an attorney because I was like...

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

After tirelessly searching through the web for a Lawyer, I found Mr. Carpenter. I was facing serious felony charges, career in the Military and the end of everything I worked for. I can honestly say this was the worst time of my life. I was in my lowest time of my life, if there is lower than that...

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

19.5 years of service and my command team tried taking my E7 stripe. I higher Mr. Carpenter to represent me in the court martial. He was absolutely fantastic and his experience really shows. I had a full acquittal on all charges! His skills in the court room were worth every penny. I cannot say...

Toney

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

I contacted Stephen when my command presented me with an article 15 and OTH separation. As anyone who has had to contest their command would say, sometimes it could feel hopeless when they hold all of the cards. Thankfully, Stephen will not only give you hope that you can win, but can make it...

EK

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Retained by a BOI – Stephen Carpenter is an amazing UCMJ attorney! Mr. Carpenter is the most competent, diligent, responsive, and ethical lawyer that I’ve ever hired. He is a very personable attorney, who understands the tough circumstances Service Members face when dealing with an unjust...

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Stephen did an outstanding job as counsel when I, an FGO, was facing a 120 charge and was under investigation. Unfortunately, in today's political climate, any 120 accusation will most likely go to a CM, even if there is no probable cause, which happened in my scenario. You are guilty until proven...

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted 7 months ago

He helped me tremendously. He made sure to check on my case and kept me up to date regularly. He is a very polite and diligent, and hardworking. I recommend 100%. He communicated back and forth with people to make sure I got the information I needed, and handled all my inquiries in a timely manner.

CPT O-3

5 out of 5 stars

posted 7 months ago

While deployed to Afghanistan I was falsely accused of assault by a DOD Civilian. A 15-6 Investigation was launched, I hired Mr. Carpenter to represent me. He spoke with the Investigating officer and all involved, as well as retrieve sworn statements, and draft response documents on my behalf in...

PM

5 out of 5 stars

posted 7 months ago

I can't recommend Mr. Stephen Carpenter's services enough! After our first meeting, I was convinced I had to hire him. I truly can't put a price on how much his decades of experience, confidence, and personal care were worth to me; his expert services are worth every penny and then some, literally...

JL

5 out of 5 stars

posted 8 months ago

Highly recommend Mr. Carpenter. He is a stellar lawyer who is determined to get results.. I was physically assaulted by another officer and we both were facing a GOMOR. Of course, I ran to Mr. Carpenter to save my career because I know he’s passionate about his job and he will get result. It is...