About Us

Sanger Swysen & Dunkle is a Santa Barbara law firm limiting its practice to Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation in the State and Federal courts. 

In addition to the Santa Barbara office, serving Santa Barbara, Goleta, Isla Vista, Carpinteria, and Ventura County, the firm has a branch office in Santa Maria which primarily serves Santa Maria, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, Solvang, Buellton, Los Olivos, Guadalupe, Orcutt as well as, San Luis Obispo County.   Actual cases take the members of the firm to the Superior Courts throughout the state of California.  Federal cases are handled in the federal courts located in the four Districts of California, headquartered in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento.  Appeals are handled in the state Courts of Appeal throughout California, as well as the California Supreme Court and, for federal cases, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  Selected cases are handled in other state and federal districts outside of California including the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and D.C. Circuit, and the United  States Supreme Court. 
 
Sanger Swysen & Dunkle's criminal practice includes all felonies and misdemeanors such as white collar crimes, securities fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, embezzlement, anti-trust violations, SEC and FTC matters, RICO offenses and business and regulatory offenses, as well as, capital crimes (death penalty), homicide, sex crimes, other crimes against the person, drug and alcohol offenses, drunk driving (DUI, DWI) theft and other offenses.  Its civil practice includes business litigation, complex cases, employment and regulatory matters, SEC, FTC, anti-trust, significant personal injury cases and defense of civil litigation related to governmental investigations, as well as, on a selective basis, civil rights cases including discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age and disability and police misconduct, including wrongful death.  
 
For an appointment at either the Santa Barbara or Santa Maria Office, call 805-962-4887 (24 hour emergency page after hours) or e-mail.
 

Law Firm Profile

Sanger Swysen & Dunkle is listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Each of the partners has obtained an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  Sanger Swysen & Dunkle was founded by Robert M. Sanger in 1973, who is a Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and who is also listed in Naifeth and Smith's The Best Lawyers in America and who is designated SuperLawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Partner Catherine J. Swysen is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and 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. Sanger Swysen & Dunkle is assisted by a staff of professionals.