Margaret Bojanowska has devoted her practice exclusively to criminal defence litigation since her call to the bar in 2004. She has a varied criminal litigation practice focused on both trial and appellate work. She has vigorously represented clients and secured acquittals at all levels of court in Ontario and can assist clients charged with any criminal offence. Margaret has also defended clients before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the College of Nurses, and the College of Medical Radiation Technologists.
Margaret is known for her effective negotiation tactics, aggressive cross examination skills and thorough preparation for court. Margaret’s practice focuses on the client and is geared toward providing highly personalized and knowledgeable legal advice with respect to their specific criminal law issue and in securing the best possible outcome in every case.
Among her many accomplishments, she has successfully defended a client charged with second degree murder and secured an acquittal following a lengthy jury trial. She has also successfully defended numerous clients facing serious sexual assault allegations. Margaret can assist you in dealing with any offence, no matter how serious or small, under the Criminal Code of Canada or the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Margaret is an active member of AIDWYC (the Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted) and firmly believes that an aggressive defence is key to protecting the rights of her clients and in preventing wrongful convictions.
Margaret has been actively involved in the Pro Bono Appellate Duty Counsel program at the Ontario Court of Appeal, assisting individuals in appealing against conviction and/or sentence when they are unable to retain counsel to assist them. She has also co-authored a number of articles for the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyer’s Magazine including “Justice Delayed: Steven Truscott’s 45-Year Wait To Clear His Name” and “Canada’s Response To Terrorism: The Investigative Hearing”.
Margaret has also been a speaker in continuing educational programs for other criminal defence lawyers as part of the “Six Minute Criminal Defence Lawyer Conference and the Young Criminal Lawyer’s Conference. She also enjoys volunteering her time as a judge at a Mock-Trial tournament to assist high school students in developing their advocacy skills.
After graduating from York University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Margaret attended Osgoode Hall Law School where she graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Laws Degree. After being called to the Bar of Ontario, Margaret practiced as an associate with two prominent criminal lawyers in Toronto, before opening her own practice devoted to criminal defence.
Margaret is a member of the Criminal Lawyer’s Association. From 2006 to 2010 Margaret was a member of the Advocate’s Society, in particular an active member of the Young Advocates.