Anthony G. Bryant
Anthony G. Bryant has specialized in criminal law for over 40 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 judgments on trial fairness including the proper procedure for jury selection, the admissibility of evidence obtained as a result of alleged breaches of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the humane treatment of defendants in court, and the right to legal representation on appeal.
In addition to his own noteworthy cases, in 1994 Tony accepted John Rosen's invitation to be co-counsel in the homicide trial of Paul Bernardo. In 1997, Tony invited Paul Burstein to be his co-counsel in the defence of one of the defendants in the Just Desserts case, which involved difficult issues of identification from a blurry security videotape. In 2008-2009 Tony defended one of the men charged in the Bandidos homicide case in London, which was described as the worst mass murder in Ontario history. In 2011 Tony successfully defended a member of the Hells Angels in a criminal organization case. From 2014 to 2017 Tony defended homicide cases in Peterborough, Hamilton, Oshawa and Brampton with much success and has pending homicide cases in Thunder Bay, Barrie and St. Catharines. Tony continues to represent clients charged with serious offences throughout the GTA and southern Ontario.
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.