Anthony G. Bryant

Tony BryantAnthony G. Bryant has specialized in criminal law for over 45 years both in partnership and as a sole practitioner.

In 1964 Tony graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, and in 1968 he received his B.A. degree from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Tony obtained his LL.B. degree (since re-issued as a J.D.) from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 1971 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1973. Tony soon restricted his practice to criminal defence. He was a partner in Salem & Bryant from 1975 to 1981 and honed his advocacy skills in criminal law under the mentorship of Harvey Salem, Q.C. for seven years. For the next three decades, Tony worked as a sole practitioner before forming a partnership with Paul Burstein under the banner of Burstein Bryant Barristers in 2010.  In 2014 Tony enrolled in Osgoode's LLM programme in Criminal Law and Procedure.  With the appointment of Paul Burstein to the Ontario Court of Justice in December 2017, Tony continues his work as a sole practitioner.

Much of Tony’s work has been focused on lengthy homicide, drug and dangerous offender cases. Known for vigorous defences, many of his cases have also resulted in more than a hundred reported judgments on issues ranging from trial fairness including the proper procedure for jury selection, to the admissibility of evidence obtained as a result of alleged breaches of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to the humane treatment of defendants in court, and to the right to legal representation on appeal.

Though known for his work in some particularly notorious cases such as the trials of Paul Bernardo, Robert Rowbotham and the Just Desserts and Bandidos homicide cases, Tony has defended more than 50 homicide cases across the Province of Ontario and one in British Columbia as well as scores of serious drug trafficking and conspiracy cases.    

Over the years, Tony has had memberships with The Advocates’ Society, US National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers and the Canadian Association of Psychiatry and the Law. He is currently a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.