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. 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, and 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 litigation 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 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. He has also represented professionals facing professional discipline offences, including police officers facing discipline under the Police Services Act.
Mr. Boni has obtained the rare and exceptional remedies of costs against the crown and stays of proceedings for his clients. He has recognized expertise in search warrant litigation under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and has given expert testimony in the Federal Court of Canada on wiretap law in Canada.
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 significant legal articles, "Bill C-13: Laying the Foundation for the Modern Canadian Surveillance State" (For the Defence Magazine 2015), "The Practitioner's Guide to Search Warrant Review" (Law Society of Upper Canada, The Complete Guide to Search Warrants Program 2015) and the "ABCs of Search Warrant Review" (For the Defence Magazine 2010). Over the past decade, he has regularly guest lectured on a host of criminal law topics at numerous continuing 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).
In 2012, Mr. Boni was qualified as an expert in the prosecution and defence of wiretap cases, and gave expert testimony on this subject in the Federal Court of Canada. He is one of a handful of lawyers who has successfully challenged a Wiretap order at trial. Most recently, in July of 2022, he was successful in demonstrating the very rare circumstance of subversion of the pre-authorization process by a sub-affiant in a search warrant challenge that resulted in exclusion of a very large quantity of cocaine, firearms and cash from his client's trial. You can read the judgment here:https://canlii.ca/t/jr2mg.
Mr. Boni was an instructor in Criminal Procedure at the Ontario Bar Admissions Course from 2002 to 2005, and an instructor at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program for Practitioners at Osgoode Hall Law School from 2002 to 2004. He has appeared on a number of occasions before the Canadian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, as a representative of the Criminal Lawyers Association and the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers. He is a long-time member of the Criminal Lawyers' Association, serving as Toronto Director of the Association from 2007 to 2009. He was honoured with a Distinguished Service Award for his contributions during that term in January 2010. Since 2015, has continued to volunteer his time to the CLA as a senior member of its Ethics Committee. Mr. Boni has been a member of Legal Aid Ontario's Extremely Serious Criminal Matters Panel since 2008. He was a Legal Aid Ontario Criminal Area Committee member from 2010 to 2020.