Members of the Firm
Robert M. Sanger, senior partner in the firm, is an experienced trial lawyer who has practiced in Santa Barbara since 1973. Mr. Sanger is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Sanger has tried a number of high profile...
Catherine J. Swysen, managing partner in the firm, is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. She has handled major criminal and civil cases in the State and Federal courts.
Ms. Swysen represents people accused of felony and misdemeanor offenses including murder, death penalty, vehicular manslaughter, embezzlement, theft, driving under the influence of drugs...
Stephen K. Dunkle, a partner with the firm, handles criminal trials and appeals. He also handles criminal law and motion matters and writs. Mr. Dunkle has been instrumental in a number of the firm’s successful cases, including Constitutional challenges in the appellate courts and was primarily...
The Honorable Frank J. Ochoa (Ret.) is of counsel to Sanger Swysen & Dunkle. He retired after 32 years on the Santa Barbara trial court bench in 2015. He has an active arbitration and mediation practice, and takes selective civil and criminal cases in his return to practice as a lawyer...
Miguel A. Avila is an Associate with the firm working on civil, administrative and restraining order matters.
Mr. Avila graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Chicana/o Studies and Sociology. He obtained his law...
Sarah Sanger is an Associate with the firm working on criminal defense matters in both the state and federal courts primarily involving capital cases.
Ms. Sanger graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Philosophy. She attended the...
Is responsible for conducting interviews, locating witnesses and other investigation in criminal and civil cases. PI # 29006.
Senior Legal Assistant
Has been with the firm for nearly ten years, works with the attorneys on criminal and civil litigation matters.
Works with the attorneys on criminal and civil litigation matters.