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Sanger Swysen & Dunkle - Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Law Firm
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Updated 10/16/2013
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125 East De La Guerra Street
Suite 102
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2276

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Sanger Swysen & Dunkle Law Firm Overview

Sanger Swysen & Dunkle, in Santa Barbara, California, provides strong representation to individuals and businesses in criminal and civil litigation. Our law firm has handled jury and court trials in superior, federal and appellate courts throughout California. We emphasize pre-indictment and prelitigation negotiations, pretrial litigation and settlements, as well as trials, writs and appeals.

Our criminal defense practice includes all felonies and misdemeanors, with a particular focus on white collar crimes. This includes defense of clients accused of fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, embezzlement, anti-trust violations and RICO offenses. Our law firm also represents clients in civil litigation matters, including business litigation, employment and regulatory matters, SEC and FTC matters, anti-trust concerns, significant personal injury cases and defense of governmental investigations, as well as, on a selective basis, civil rights cases.

Sanger Swysen & Dunkle maintains an AV Preeminent rating* through Martindale-Hubbell, demonstrating the highest degree of legal ability and ethical standards. Our law firm was founded in 1973 by Robert M. Sanger, who is certified as a criminal law specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has more than 30 years of experience. Partner Catherine J. Swysen is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who has been recognized by the California State Legislature and civil liberties groups for her work regarding civil rights and by the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year. Partner Stephen K. Dunkle is a criminal trial lawyer who also handles writs and appeals and assists in complex litigation. Our lawyers are assisted by our professional legal staff.

From our Santa Barbara office, we serve clients in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Isla Vista, Carpinteria and Ventura County. Free parking is available at our law firm location.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

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Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Writs and Appeals
  • White Collar Crime
  • Federal Crimes
  • Civil Litigation Money Laundering
  • Civil Forfeiture
  • FTC Lawsuit


  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Previous Law Firm Name

  • Sanger & Swysen
Sanger Swysen & Dunkle Attorneys

Sanger Swysen & Dunkle Attorneys

Dunkle, Stephen K.Partner since 2011 Swysen, Catherine J.Partner Sanger, Jeffrey S.
Sanger, Robert M.Partner Lawrence , Julie A.
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125 East De La Guerra Street
Suite 102
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2276






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Accepts Credit Cards



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301 East Cook Street, Suite A, Santa Maria, California 93454

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