Curriculum Vita


  • B.A. University of Wisconsin, highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa. 1975.
  • M.A Claremont Graduate School. Modern European Intellectual History. 1977.
  • J.D. University of Washington School of Law. 1981

Admissions to practice:

  • Washington State
  • State of Minnesota
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Sole Practioner. Present. Specializing in criminal defense of felonies, appeals of felonies, and related matters.
  • The Stenberg Firm, 707 Pacific,Tacoma, Wa 98402. Practicing criminal law at the felony and appellate levels for private and indigent clients. Also accepting civil cases regarding governmental misconduct.
  • Washington Contract Legal Services for State Prosecutors. 2004. Provider of contract trial and appellate work for smaller county prosecutors’ offices that need experienced temporary attorney.
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. 5/1/84-3/5/04. Deputy prosecutor. Assignments included Chief Deputy, Felony Division, Supervisor for Appellate Unit, Supervisor, Special Assault Unit. Tried major cases such as Earl Shriner, Robert Yates, Jr. and many other sex crimes, domestic assault, homicides and other felony cases. Also tried civil cases for commitment of sexually violent predators. Briefed and argued literally hundreds of appeals in state appellate courts, including cases regarding constitutionality of the “three strikes” law (Manussier), sex offender registration law (Ward) and capital cases.
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 10/27/81-4/30/84. Deputy prosecutor assigned to district court, juvenile court, appellate unit and felony trial team.
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 9/78/-10/81:Legal intern. Wrote appellate briefs until qualified as Rule 9 intern. Thereafter briefed and argued appeals and also prosecuted district court cases.

Professional Activities

  • Lecturer: Has taught frequent in-house CLE’s, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, National District Attorneys Association, and National Advocacy Center on such topics as prosecution of complex cases, DNA evidence, trial advocacy, cross-examination of expert witnesses, prosecutorial misconduct, ethics, child hearsay, and issues related to sexual assault cases.
  • Author: Chapter Six: “The No-Contact Rule” (RPC 4.2), Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Guide to Ethics and Civil Liability, National College of District Attorneys, 2002.
  • Author: “Avoiding Misconduct When Dealing with Represented Persons”, The Practical Prosecutor, (Quarterly Publication of the National District Attorneys Association), Spring 2001.
  • Author: “Appellate Practice Manual” used for mandatory in-house training for prosecutors.
  • Expert witness:Prosecutorial Misconduct; Deborah Waltz v. Thurston County, Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2003.
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