Our Lawyers

Douglas J. Marion, QC *

Doug Marion received his Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria in 1983. He has practiced criminal law in Campbell River and throughout Vancouver Island, both prosecuting and defending, for over thirty years. During that time he has successfully defended clients facing murder charges, manslaughter, attempted murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, impaired driving, fraud and most other criminal offences, including successfully defending the first murder and manslaughter criminal jury trials held in Campbell River. He has appeared in all levels of Court in British Columbia, including the British Columbia Court of Appeal and has appeared in the Federal Court, Trial and Appeal divisions and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Marion has experienced particular success conducting many criminal jury trials and is one of the most experienced criminal trial lawyers on Vancouver Island. He is the Local Agent for the Legal Services Society of British Columbia and has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association for thirty years.

* Mr. Marion is no longer accepting new clients

Sarah Runyon

Sarah Runyon is a partner with the firm and practices exclusively in the area of criminal litigation and appeals. She regularly appears in all levels of court in British Columbia, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She was counsel in the case of R v Zora, the leading authority on the law of bail. Ms. Runyon regularly defends clients charged with a range of offences from first degree murder, manslaughter, drug trafficking offences to lower-level offences including property offences, simple possession and breaches of administrative court orders.

Ms. Runyon joined the firm after clerking for several Justices of the British Columbia Supreme Court. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and continues to publish material in leading Canadian law journals and takes particular pride in acting as intervenor counsel with various not for profit organizations around the province.

Ms Runyon is currently a Governor of the Law Foundation of British Columbia and board member of the North Island John Howard Society.

Education & Year of Call

  • 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholarship Recipient
  • 2018-2019 Law Foundation Scholarship
  • 2013, called to the Bar of British Columbia
  • 2011-2012, Judicial Law Clerk, British Columbia Supreme Court
  • 2011, J.D., University of Victoria
  • 2008, B.A. (Honours), Philosophy, Carleton University
    Noted Publications

  • S. Runyon, Correctional Afterthought: Offences Against the Administration of Justice and Canada’s Persistent Savage Anxieties, (2020) 43:5 Man LJ 1 – 38
  • S. Runyon, Effectuating Change: A Tool Box of Strategies for Reducing the Unnecessary Use of Administrative Court Orders, (2020) 37 Windsor Y B Access Just. 117-131