Sankoff Criminal Law

Sankoff Criminal Law is a boutique criminal law firm that specializes in the most difficult kinds of legal cases. We work directly with clients on complex trials and also to prepare and argue their appeals. We also help criminal defence lawyers by preparing legal applications, vetting jury charges and providing strategic advice.

Areas of Practice

At SANKOFF CRIMINAL LAW,  we provide the following services. 

Meet The Team


Peter Sankoff

Lead Counsel

There are lots of capable criminal defence lawyers. But if you want the lawyer who runs a business based on teaching other lawyers how to excel, and has literally written the book on criminal law and evidence, you want to hire Peter Sankoff. more>>

Steven Penney

Professor in Residence

Steven Penney is Professor in Residence at Sankoff Criminal Law and assists our lawyers with research and consultation on matters involving criminal procedure. He is not assisting clients directly, and cannot be contacted by the general public for representation, but his expertise is invaluable to all members of our firm. more>>

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Bray Jamieson

Summer Student

Bray Jamieson is a second-year law student at the University of Alberta with a particular interest in criminal defence litigation. Prior to commencing law school, Bray completed degrees in both communications and philosophy at the University of Calgary. more>>


Matt Tumbach

Summer Student

Matt Tumbach is a  3L student at the University of Alberta. He is joining the firm for the summer before heading back for his final year of school. Matthew hails from Southwest Saskatchewan and is seeking to practice criminal defense after graduation. more>>


Chelsea Parmar

Office Manager & Legal Assistant

Chelsea Parmar is the office manager and legal assistant at Sankoff Criminal Law. She is the one whose friendly voice you will hear when you call Sankoff Criminal Law. Chelsea is an organizational powerhouse and more>>

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Chili Gonzales

Office Dog and Mascot

Chili Gonzalez is the office dog and mascot at Sankoff Criminal Law. Incredibly passionate about criminal law, animal protection, and any snacks that make their way to the floor, becoming a law-dog was Chili’s life-long dream. more>>

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