Adam Steven Boni graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1993. He completed his articles in criminal law under the supervision of the late B. Clive Bynoe, Q.C., the late Bruce E. Scott and William M. Trudell. Immediately upon his call to the Ontario Bar, he was employed as a federal prosecutor by the Department of Justice (Canada). There, he gained invaluable insight into police and prosecution practices. He acquired significant experience in conducting jury trials, and appeals, especially in relation to large and complex cases. It was at the Department of Justice that Mr. Boni also developed a keen interest in Charter of Rights litigation.
In 1999, Mr. Boni left the federal prosecution service to establish his own boutique criminal defence practice in downtown Toronto. Since that time, Mr. Boni has successfully defended individuals from all walks of life charged with a wide variety of Criminal Code offences ranging from First Degree Murder and Conspiracy, to Dangerous Driving Causing Death, Domestic Assault and Theft. His significant experience and ability in defending individuals against all types of drug charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is well known. He has also represented individuals and corporations charged with quasi-criminal and regulatory offences under the Customs Act, the Income Tax Act, the Corporations Tax Act and the Environmental Protection Act.
Mr. Boni has obtained the rare and exceptional remedies of costs against the crown and stays of proceedings for his clients. He is a recognized expert in wiretap and search warrant litigation under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Since 2004, Mr. Boni has co-authored the only biannually updated, national sentencing text devoted to drug offenders, Sentencing Drug Offenders. He has also authored a number of legal articles, most recently, ‘Bill C-13: Laying the Foundation for the Modern Canadian Surveillance State", For the Defence Magazine (2015, Vol.36, No.1) and “The Practitioner’s Guide to Search Warrant Review” (Law Society of Upper Canada, The Complete Guide to Search Warrants Program 2015). Over the past decade, he has regularly guest lectured on a host of criminal law topics at numerous legal education conferences for lawyers, Justices of the Peace and Judges. He has also provided commentary on criminal law issues to a number of media outlets including CBC Newsworld, CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, CFRB Radio and Canada Talks Radio (Sirius XM).
Mr. Boni is a longtime member of the Criminal Lawyers' Association. He served as Toronto Director of the Association from 2007 to 2009, and was honoured with a Distinguished Service Award for his work during that term in January 2010. He was an instructor in Criminal Procedure at the Ontario Bar Admissions Course from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Boni has been a member of Legal Aid Ontario's Extremely Serious Criminal Matters Panel since 2008, and he has been a member of the Legal Aid Ontario Criminal Area Committee since 2010.