The Honourable Marion J. Allan is a mediator and arbitrator who serves as Associate Counsel to the firm. She is a member of the Mediation & Arbitration, Franchising, Estates, Trust & Tax and Business Litigation groups.
Marion offers a wealth of strategic advice, insight and dispute resolution assistance to our clients and lawyers. She has a particular interest in helping clients resolve disputes in the areas of wills and estates, family law, insurance coverage, personal injury and employment, as well as in connection with strata property, real estate and construction matters. She has completed mediation and conflict resolution training at Pepperdine University, the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC) and the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC).
Marion practiced civil litigation for 10 years. She was an adjunct professor of civil litigation from 1984-1988 prior to her appointment to the County Court of Vancouver in 1988 and elevation to the Supreme Court of BC in 1990. She retired from the Supreme Court in April 2012.
Long regarded as a hard-working and highly respected member of the judiciary, Marion earned praise for her decisions in response to complex legal issues, presiding as a justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia and a Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory. She elected supernumerary status in August 2007.
During her time on the bench, she participated in many educational programs for judges and lawyers for the National Judicial Institute, Canadian Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education and Trial Lawyers Association, on topics such as evidence, family law, civil procedure, fiduciary obligations, personal injuries and elder law. Marion chaired the Supreme Court Rules Revision Committee from 1994-1999. She has devoted considerable attention to elder law issues and has been engaged in research with the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies. Marion was awarded the Trial Lawyers Association of BC Judge of the Year Award in 2012, was appointed to the BC Law Institute’s Board of Directors in August 2013 and was also admitted to the Civil Roster of Mediate BC in September 2014.
Marion obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 1967, a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Alberta in 1970 and a Bachelor of Laws from UBC in 1977. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1978Download PDF