Anna Sammons Criminal Defense Lawyer

Meet criminal defense attorney Anna Pervukhin Sammons

  •  2004 graduate of one of the top law schools in the country, University of Chicago Law School, where she worked for the Mental Health Law Project all through school.
  • Since her very first court appearance as a law student back in 2003, Anna P. Sammons has advocated for people who otherwise stood alone, accused by the government of breaking the law. On principle, she’s never clerked for a judge or worked as a prosecutor. Her years of experience are all in criminal defense, handling trial-level misdemeanors and felonies, post-conviction relief motions, and appeals. She has authored numerous publications and teaches a courses in criminal law as an adjunct faculty member at Lane Community College.
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  • Professional Associations:
    • Federal Bar (U.S. District Court District of Oregon)
    • Oregon State Bar (since 2017)
    • New York State Bar (since 2005)
    • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Lane County Bar Association
    • Multnomah Bar Association
    • National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute

A whole team on your side: The prosecutor does not work alone. They collaborate with law enforcement, experts, victim advocates, and others. Sometimes, it can feel as though they are collaborating with the defense lawyers as well (read horrible example here). You need more than a defense lawyer at your side, you need a whole team. That’s why every case is staffed by at least three people (an attorney, an investigator and a client advocate), and all of us work collaboratively with top-flight psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, forensic experts and, when needed, other attorneys specializing in related areas of law such as administrative law, family law, immigration, education law, and military law. Our partners share our values and, like us, have an unwavering commitment to the people we represent.


Amber Coleman, Director of Coleman Investigations and our licensed private investigator, is an army veteran and former police officer. An Oregon native, she has also taught at Willamette Leadership Academy, a military style charter school for at-risk youth and worked as a mental health advocate, helping individuals with severe and persistent mental illness navigate Oregon’s mental health bureaucracy.

Client Advocate and Legal Assistant

We are experts in working with and for people who have been accused of a crime and who are living with serious mental illness or a developmental disability. Our client advocate, Ian Blumberg-Enge, gathers treatment history information, connects clients to suitable services, and provides as-needed support. By working with a specialized advocate, we are often able to negotiate unique resolutions focused on treatment and frequently continue working with clients and their families long after their criminal cases have resolved. In his role as our legal assistant, he prepares motions, sends out discovery requests, assists with document management and assists in preparation of trial materials. Email:

Business Manager

Ben is responsible for supervising and managing the firm’s finances and day to day operations. He prides himself on providing excellent client service and is available to answer questions about billing and other financial matters. Email:

An Integrated Defense: Our team works closely with a group of trusted independent professionals.

Licensed Therapist

Lori Looney, a licensed therapist since 2001 and Oregon Board Certified Sex Offense therapist, is an integral member of our criminal defense team. We regularly refer clients who are experiencing stress, anxiety and depression as a result of their legal circumstances. Ms. Looney is a skilled mental health provider who has dedicated herself to advocating for clients involved in the criminal justice system and is particularly aware of the societal stigma individuals face when convicted, charged, or even just accused of a sexual offense. She is committed to the creation and maintenance of a safe space where clients are treated with dignity and respect as they navigate the challenges of involvement in a system that often is confusing and anxiety provoking. With a non-judgmental and compassionate approach, Ms. Looney provides a therapeutic environment to empower and support individuals to confront and change unwanted behavior, learn constructive ways to deal with stress and move forward with their lives. With over 20 years of experience, Lori Looney has developed specialized expertise in helping individuals on the Autism Spectrum, those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and/or with histories of trauma, PTSD or other mental health difficulties. In 2007, Ms. Looney founded McKenzie Counseling Sexual Offense Specific Treatment Program where she worked collaboratively with Lane County Parole and Probation and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to provide evidenced and strength based individual and group treatment for court mandated individuals. Ms. Looney is available to meet with clients via Zoom. She does not accept insurance but will provide out of network billing upon request.