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Robert Marshall Sanger

Robert Marshall Sanger

Sanger Swysen & Dunkle
  • Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate, Business Law...
  • California, District of Columbia, U.S. Dist. Ct. C.D. Ca., U.S. Dist. Ct. E.D. Ca., U.S. Dist. Ct. N.D. CA., U.S. Dist. Ct. N.D. Ill., U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. Ca., U.S. Dist. Ct. W.D. Okla.
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Criminal Defense Lawyer and Civil Litigator for over 40 years in Santa Barbara, California; Certified Criminal Law Specialist (The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization); Past President of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ).

Mr. Sanger has handled numerous high profile cases, death penalty and other homicide cases as well as complex criminal white collar and civil litigation in state and federal courts.

Mr. Sanger is also a Professor of Law and Forensic Science at the Santa Barbara College of Law and consults on forensic issues on a selected basis. He is an opponent of the death penalty and a long-time Board Member of Death Penalty Focus and consults on capital case matters as well.

He and his firm handle all manner of criminal cases and civil litigation for both plaintiff and defense as well as plaintiff's work in civil rights matters.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Business Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Insurance Claims
  • Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Constitutional Law
  • Free Consultation
    No Charge for a half hour intitial consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    AMEX, Visa, MasterCard and other Major Cards, Checks and Cash
  • Contingent Fees
    For selected Civil Rights, Wrongful Death and Injury Cases
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We will Discuss our Fees with you during the initial consultation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
U.S. Dist. Ct. C.D. Ca.
U.S. Dist. Ct. E.D. Ca.
U.S. Dist. Ct. N.D. CA.
U.S. Dist. Ct. N.D. Ill.
U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. Ca.
U.S. Dist. Ct. W.D. Okla.
7th Circuit
9th Circuit
10th Circuit
D.C. Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Experience
Professor of law and Forensic Science
Santa Barbara College of Law
Senior Partner
Sanger Swysen & Dunkle
- Current
Lawyer and Senior Partner in Sanger & Swysen, a Santa Barbara and Santa Maria based law firm handling criminal defense and civil litigation in the state and federal courts. Crimnal Law Specialist attorney certifed by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
University of California - Los Angeles
J.D. (1973)
University of California - Santa Barbara
B.A. (1970) | Political Science
Super Lawyer designation for Southern California
Super Lawyers Magazine
Designated a Super Lawyer for Southern California for 2009, 2010 and 2011
Special Achievement Award
Death Penalty Focus
Order fo the Reasonable Doubt
Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyers Bar Association
Bill of Rights Award
Board of Governors Award for Pro Bono Services
California State Bar
Professional Associations
Death Penatly Focus
Member of the Board of Directors
- Current
Activities: An Organization formed in 1988 to fight against capital punishment.
Federal Bar Association
- Current
Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyers Bar Association
Member -- Co--Chair
- Current
Criminal Courts Bar Association
- Current
Past President and Member of Board of Governors
- Current
Activities: The leading Criminal Defense Lawyers group for the State of Califorina and an affilliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers (NACDL). Co-Chair of the Death Penalty Committee and former Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee
California Public Defenders Association
- Current
California State Bar # 58214
- Current
American Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Member of the Criminal Justice Section, Sentencing Committee
Santa Barbara County Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Former Member of the Board and Chair of the Criminal Law Section
ACLU, Santa Barbara Chapter
President and Member of the Board
Articles & Publications
Book Reviews
Federal Lawyer
Criminal Defense Articles and Death Penalty Column
CACJ Forum
Criminal Justice
Santa Barbara Lawyer Magazine
Gettier in a Court of Law
Forthcoming: 2018 Southern Illinois University Law Journal (Spring 2018)
Duties of Capital Trial Counsel Under the California 'Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016'
53 Criminal Law Bulletin (3) (May/June 2017)
The Forensic Community Can Educate Lawyers, Judges
Forensic Magazine
Fourteen Years Later: The Capital Punishment System in California
Santa Barbara College of Law working papers
A Scientific Approach to Scientific Evidence: A Four-Stage Rule for Admissibility and Scope
Utilizing Forensic Science in Criminal Cases, 2014 Edition, Thomson Reuters (2013)
IQ, Intelligence Tests, 'Ethnic Adjustments' and Atkins
American University Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 1, 2015
Comparison of the Illinois Commission Report on Capital Punishment with the Cap[ital Punishment System of California
University of Santa Clara Law Review
Certified Criminal Law Speicalist
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Websites & Blogs
Social Media
Contact & Map
Sanger Swysen & Dunkle Santa Barbara Office
125 East De La Guerra St
Suite 102
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Telephone: (805) 962-4887
Fax: (805) 963-7311
Sanger Swysen & Dunkle Santa Maria Office
301 East Cook Street
Suite A
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Telephone: (805) 349-7973