The Law Offices of Stephen E. Penner
Family Law and Estate Planning in Santa Barbara County

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Firm History

Stephen E. Penner graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1971 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he served in the Vietnam War as a Gunnery Officer on the USS Turner Joy from 1971-1973. Upon his return stateside, Stephen completed his remaining two years of Naval Service in San Diego as First Division Officer on the USS Prairie and as Shore Patrol Officer for Long Beach Naval Station, and also instructed a course in Naval Gunfire Support for the Marines in Little Creek, Virginia. Upon completion of his Naval Duty in 1975, Stephen E. Penner attended California Western School of Law. After two vigorous years, Stephen graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from Cal Western in 1977. He passed the Bar that same year and moved to Santa Barbara to open up his first law office on Carrillo Street.

From 1977-1980, Stephen built up his practice and expanded his client base by primarily working on Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Personal Injury cases. In 1980 Stephen moved to his current location at 1215 De La Vina Street. Stephen began to expand his practice to include Estate Planning and Trust & Probate Litigation, as well as Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Business, and Product Liability claims.

Having represented over 8,000 clients in the Tri-Counties area, Stephen E. Penner and Associates offers abundant legal expertise. For 40 years, the firm has been dedicated to servicing the community by offering personal representation with a commitment to professional integrity. Stephen E. Penner and Associates offers representation that is result oriented, reasonably priced, and efficiently executed.

 

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The client is always the most important person at our offices, and we will accommodate our schedule to meet the demands and needs of all clients.
— Stephen E. Penner, Attorney
 
 

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Attorney

Stephen E. Penner

Stephen E. Penner graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1971 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he served in the Vietnam War as a Gunnery Officer on the USS Turner Joy from 1971-1973. Upon his return stateside, Stephen completed his remaining two years of Naval Service in San Diego as First Division Officer on the USS Prairie and as Shore Patrol Officer for Long Beach Naval Station, and also instructed a course in Naval Gunfire Support for the Marines in Little Creek, Virginia. Upon completion of his Naval Duty in 1975, Stephen E. Penner attended California Western School of Law. After two vigorous years, Stephen graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from Cal Western in 1977. He passed the Bar that same year and moved to Santa Barbara to open up his first law office on Carrillo Street.

From 1977-1980, Stephen built up his practice and expanded his client base by primarily working on Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Personal Injury cases. In 1980 Stephen moved to his current location at 1215 De La Vina Street. Stephen began to expand his practice to include Estate Planning and Trust & Probate Litigation, as well as Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Business, and Product Liability claims.

Having represented over 8,000 clients in the Tri-Counties area, Stephen E. Penner and Associates offers abundant legal expertise. For 40 years, the firm has been dedicated to servicing the community by offering personal representation with a commitment to professional integrity. Stephen E. Penner and Associates offers representation that is result oriented, reasonably priced, and efficiently executed.

 

 
 

Education

CALIFORNIA WESTERN  SCHOOL OF LAW
• J.D., 1977
• Honors: With Distinction
• Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

US NAVAL ACADEMY
• B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1971
• Honors: With High Honors

Bar Admissions

• California, 1977
• U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2005
• U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1983

Languages

• English
• Spanish

Professional Associations

• California Association of Family Law Attorneys, 1998 - Present
• Santa Barbara County Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, 2010 - Present
• California Public Defenders Association, 1995 - 2010

Pro Bono Activities

• Legal Aid Santa Barbara County, Volunteer, 2000 - 2002
• High School Mock Trial Competition, 2003 - Present
• Santa Barbara County Bar Association Arbitrator, 2008 - Present

Honors and Awards

• Santa Clara Bar Association, Trial Lawyer, 1998
• Vietnam Veterans of America, Annual Award, 2007

Classes/Seminars

• Stress Management in Legal Profession, Santa Barbara County Bar, 2005
• UCSB Guest Lecturer regarding "Effects of Vietnam War on American Religion and Society," 2012 - Present
• Santa Barbara County High School Guest Lecturer regarding "Bringing an End to the War on Vietnam," 2014 - Present

Ancillary Businesses

• Real Estate Development
• Rental Property Management

 
 

 
 
 
Jeremy A.A. Purves, Paralegal

associate attorney 

Jeremy A.A. Purves

Jeremy’s education in the legal sphere has included time volunteering for political campaigns, competing in national college debate and moot court competitions as well as mock trials, participating in city legal research projects, preparing a Constitutional Law college textbook, and working with a grassroots lobby firm in Washington, D.C.  At the end of his last semester of law school, Jeremy was deployed to Iraq for a yearlong combat tour in the United States Army.  After receiving his J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, Jeremy moved back to California.  Since then, he has gained over six years experience working in both criminal and civil practice, including assisting during jury trials; preparing appellate briefs for the California Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court; and assisting clients to tailor effective legal solutions for their individual needs in family law, probate, and estate planning matters.  Jeremy is a published essayist, book and film critic, and student of classical philosophy.  Jeremy is also currently writing a book exploring the foundations of political philosophy.  

 

Education

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
• J.D., 2006
• The Federalist Society
• The Christian Legal Society

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
• B.A., Government, 2002
• Government Apprenticeship Award, 2002
• Leadership Award, 2002
• National Education Debate Association, 2nd Place, Lincoln/Douglas Nationals, 2001
 

Classes & Seminars

• The Constitutional Convention of 1787, Patrick Henry College

 

Bar Admissions

• California, 2018

 
 
 

 
 
 
Emily Khashoggi, Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant

Emily Khashoggi

Emily completed her education at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and a minor in Viticulture. Upon graduating, she returned to her hometown of Santa Barbara and expanded her professional knowledge in the administrative, accounting, and finance fields. She was employed by Beckmen Winery to assist in the management of the business of promoting and marketing their fine wines, some of which were served at the Inauguration of President Obama. Thereafter, Emily was employed at the Santa Barbara based company Curvature, an industry leader in selling computer hardware and maintenance. She was initially hired as an Administrative Assistant but was soon after promoted to a Transaction Manager. She then discovered her interest in the legal practice and brings to the Law Offices of Stephen E. Penner 4 years of past experience as a legal assistant. Emily believes in the importance of personal service and strives to make each client feel comfortable and supported.

 

Education

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERISTY
B.S., Business Administration, 2008