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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 a month 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 a year 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...

Kevin Smith

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...

Juan Johnson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

I like to thank Mr. Carpenter and his team for saving my career and peace of mind. I was facing a life time of charges under the UCM i.e Art. 80, 125, and 134. My retirement was not in sight. I was facing prison. My family would have been out on the streets. It was no hope until we meet Court &...

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

PM

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 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 2 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...

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Stephen literally saved my promotion and retirement. He must be truly one of the greatest military lawyers around. If you are looking for someone to aggressively defend your case, I highly recommend you reach out to him. Stephen fought hard for me in a particularly complex military case. Stephen is...

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

After I was accused of being derelict of my duties, my Company Commander wanted to administer a Company Grade Article 15 and a Bar to Re-enlist. To most, that isn't that big a deal, but to me, this was a huge issue! In my short seven years of service, I've never been late, in the wrong uniform, in...

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

Highly recommend Mr. Carpenter for Army BOI. He was superb during trial and very precise against the prosecutor. Result: I was RETAINED to stay in the Army. He did the impossible and made it possible for my family and I. Jason and Stephen did a amazing teamwork. I will never forget them and will...

Todd

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

I was caught in a whirlwind of false accusations and under investigation by NCIS. After eight months of not seeing my children due to a Military Protective Order, then another few months of not being able to communicate with or see my wife, it was obvious I needed more assistance than my appointed...

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Mr. Carpenter is a stellar lawyer who is persistent in the matter at hand. Because of his dedication and determination navigating the chain of command, I was fully exonerated and my promotion was reinstated. He saved my career.

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Stephen and his team provided winning results in my case involving a GOMOR. He ensured that my voice was heard by crafting thorough, convincing arguments in my favor. From my initial, inquiring phone call through the successful resolution of my case, Stephen was responsive to my concerns and willing...

anonymous

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Mr. Carpenter focuses his legal "laser beam" on the prosecutor case and zooms in on its weaknesses and flaws. He then work with you to let the Board/Panel see how weak and unsupported it is. His extensive experience enables him to read the Panel/Jury members like a book, and he diligently draws the...

Rob

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

The best attorney that you can hire. Mr. Carpenter was not the first attorney I contacted, I had consulted with two previously, but I knew from the start that he was the one that would best represent me. Both Mr. Carpenter and Jason Green worked on my case. I first hired him when I was facing a...