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.

Sarah Runyon

Sarah Runyon is a partner with the firm and practices exclusively in the area of criminal litigation and appeals. She has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in British Columbia, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Runyon joined the firm after clerking for several Justices of the British Columbia Supreme Court and articling with a large national firm in Vancouver. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at Carleton University where she was awarded the University’s Senate Medal for outstanding academic achievement. She later obtained her law degree from the University of Victoria where she received numerous academic accolades, including the J.S.D Tory Prize for both oral and written advocacy, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Appeal law journal. In 2019, Ms. Runyon received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for her research in the area of criminal law reform.

Ms. Runyon is a frequent consultant for non-profit, criminal law reform and drug policy organizations around the province. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Law Foundation of British Columbia, Board of Directors of the North Island John Howard Society and is an advisory board member of Campbell River’s Homelessness Coalition.

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