Stephen H. Carpenter Jr.
Managing Military Attorney
Stephen 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.
Additionally Stephen has 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.
Stephen has 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. Mr. Carpenter succeded in persuading the disciplinary boards comprised of medical professionals, in each and every case he prosecuted, that discipline was warranted.
Educational and Military Background
- Georgetown University Law School, Washington DC, L.L.M. Candidate, September 2021
- University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1995
- University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia School of Government and Foreign Affairs, B.A., 1990
- U.S. Army JAG School, Officer Basic Course, 1999
- U.S. Marine Corps, Officer Candidate School, 1993
- U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Trial Advocacy School, 2004
- Finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship Grant, Sweden, 2004
- 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
Prior Military Service Awards
- 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)
Federal and State Court 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
Trial Advocacy Faculty/Lecturer 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
Military Attorney Counsultant
David Court; the military justice expert that regularly consults with Court & Carpenter. While he is no longer practicing law he maintains a close connection with our lawyers and staff. Mr. Court provides invaluable advice on courts-martial by drawing upon his past record of courtroom success. Mr. Court has successfully defended service members (from E-1 to O-6) throughout Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East, through the end of the Cold War, Gulf One and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His cases have been reported on 60 Minutes (“An Honest Mistake”), CNN (“The Canal Killings”), and, over the decades of his practice, repeatedly in the Stars and Stripes, which even included a profile of him in 2007 entitled “Court for the Defense.”
Military Justice practitioners, both prosecution and defense, have frequently sought his advice and opinion on their cases and he has often been asked to present trial advocacy topics at their Continuing Education Conferences, both in Europe and CONUS. He was honored to be asked to speak at the Military Judge’s Conference in Alabama, which was attended by military judges from all branches of the Service, as well as from the military appellate courts.
Although not a “Talking Head”, Mr. Court’s military attorney experience & reputation for knowledge of military legal issues causes journalists, both American and German, to contact him for a plain language explanations of legal matters appearing in their stories, both print and radio. Mr. Court lives in Frankfurt, Germany.
Dre Le Blanc
Dre is a retired U.S. Army JAG officer and likewise served as an enlisted U.S. Marine infantryman. He offers extensive litigation experience as a former prosecutor including having been the lead counsel on more than a dozen homicide/murder cases achieving an impressive 100% conviction rate. He has litigated and/or supervised over 1000 cases since 1999 as practicing attorney and a supervised lawyer intern. He’s also maintained an administrative separation board caseload of dozens of cases on a monthly basis.
Dre is known for his prowess in coaching, training and mentoring young litigators having set set dozens of new attorneys up for success. He has also served as legal counsel to a United States Senator and as a county district attorney. Dre served two combat deployments in 2006 to Kuwait/Iraq and in 2007-2009 to Eastern Baghdad, Iraq during the height of The Surge.
Educational and Military Education
- University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, Political Science, B.A. 1997
- University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon, J.D., 2001
- U.S. Army JAG Officer Basic Course, 2003
- U.S. Army JAG Officer Graduate Course, L.L.M., 2012
- U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2014
- Washington State Bar Association
- Oregon State Bar Association
- Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Association
- American Bar Association
Military Service Awards
- Combat Action Badge
- Army Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award)
- Army Commendation Medal Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award)
- Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Stars)
- Expeditionary Global War On Terrorism Campaign Medal Korea Defense Service Medal
- Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award)
- Nation Defense Service Medal
Military Attorney – Civilian Military Defense Attorney
Jason Green advocates for active duty members before Boards of Inquiry (BOI) and Administrative Separation Boards (ASB). He has appeared in Military Boards at Ft Lewis, WA and attended several others, most notably, at NAS Everett. Jason initially joined Court & Carpenter in 2015. At that juncture, he fulfilled dual roles as the Executive Assistant to Mr. Carpenter and as the firm’s defense lawyer. Mr. Greene graduated from Seattle University, School of Law.
Prior to entering law school, Jason spent several years serving on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard, from which he received an Honorable Discharge. Jason is an exemplary military attorney member of Court & Carpenter, PC and works exceedingly hard to provide the very best in legal services to our uniformed clients. Jason lives in the Seattle area.
Court & Carpenter
Military Defense Lawyers
Military defense lawyer, Court & Carpenter, is a top-rated, military only law firm. Court & Carpenter specializes in the UCMJ, Separation Boards, Courts-Martial, and more.