William Marler

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William D. Marler
William Marler in 2009
Education Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts, 1982
Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1987
Occupation Attorney
Employer Marler Clark LLP
Website www.marlerclark.com

William "Bill" Marler (born c. 1958) is a nationally recognized[1][2] American personal injury lawyer and food safety advocate. He is the managing partner of Marler Clark, a Seattle, Washington, based law firm that specializes in foodborne illness cases.


In 1993, Marler represented 9-year-old Brianne Kiner in litigation against Jack in the Box following an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, securing a $15.6 million settlement.[3] He subsequently directed his practice toward foodborne illness, representing many more people affected by diseases such as E. coli, hepatitis A, and Salmonellosis. He has been involved in litigation relating to most of the large foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States, representing individuals against large companies such as Chili's, Kentucky Fried Chicken,[4] Dole, and ConAgra.[5]

Marler is also involved with OutBreak, a nonprofit organization under the auspices of Marler Clark. In this capacity he travels extensively, discussing foodborne illness litigation and related issues with public health groups, fair associations, and food industry groups.[6] In addition, Marler has written articles about the same topics and maintains a frequently updated blog read by many in the legal and food safety communities.

As a proponent of improved food regulation, Marler has been asked to speak to numerous groups to address the subject, including testimony to both the California State Senate Governmental Organization Committee[7] and the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.[8]

Marler contributes to Food Safety News and the Food Poison Journal. In January 2016, The Daily Meal named him one of "America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2016".[9] His professional blog was listed by the American Bar Association as one of the top 100 legal blogs.[10]

Awards and Distinctions[edit]

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys (2002–Present)
  • Public Justice Award, Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association (2008)[11]
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award, Seattle/King County Bar Association (2008)[12]
  • "Super Lawyer", Washington State Attorneys (1998–Present) [13]
  • Governor Appointee, Washington State University Board of Regents (1998-2004)[14]
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, WSU College of Liberal Arts (1997)[15]


External video
"Conversations at KCTS9: Bill Marler". KCTS-TV interview dated February 2, 2012, in which Bill Marler talks about the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak and his advocacy for food-safety laws.

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Martin, Andrew (December 6, 2007). "Meat Processors Look for Ways to Keep Ground Beef Safe". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ Crane, Misti (July 4, 2008). "E. coli etiquette". The Columbus Dispatch. Columbus OH. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ Elias, Paul (February 5, 2008). "Lawyer makes good money following bad food outbreaks". Oakland Tribune. San Jose. Retrieved January 29, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Erie Couple is Suing KFC". Food Safety Network. Guelph, Ontario. January 28, 2003. Archived from the original on August 11, 2011 – via Wayback Machine. 
  5. ^ "Conagra Set For Mediation Over Illness From E. Coli". Food Safety Network. Guelph, Ontario. October 4, 2002. Archived from the original on August 11, 2011 – via Wayback Machine. 
  6. ^ Palmer, Sharon (June 2005). "Putting a Price Tag on Food Poisoning Fallout". Today's Dietitian. 7 (6): 30. Archived from the original on November 11, 2006 – via Wayback Machine. 
  7. ^ "Unraveling the E. Coli Outbreak: Are State Emergency Response Systems Prepared for Outbreaks of Food Borne Illnesses?". California State Senate. October 11, 2006. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009 – via Wayback Machine. 
  8. ^ "Written Testimony Before The Committee on Energy and Commerce" (PDF). United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce. February 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 28, 2008 – via Wayback Machine. 
  9. ^ Andrews, Colman (January 27, 2016). "America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2016". The Daily Meal. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The 9th Annual Blawg 100". American Bar Association. Chicago. December 1, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Awards: Public Justice". Washington State Association for Justice. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Outstanding lawyer: William D. Marler". -King County Bar Association. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Attorney Profile: William D. Marler". Super Lawyers. October 10, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Locke announces selections for higher education posts". Office of Governor Gary Locke. December 18, 1997. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Former Pullman Councilman Bill Marler confirmed as WSU Regent". Washington State University. February 12, 1998. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved January 29, 2016 – via Wayback Machine. 

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