William "Bill" Marler, 2019 Creating a Food Safety Culture Guest Speaker

William "Bill" Marler, 2019 Creating a Food Safety Culture Guest Speaker


An accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert in food borne illness litigation, William Marler has been a major force in food safety policy in the United States and abroad.  He and his partners at Marler Clark have represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused serious injury and death.  His advocacy for better food regulation has led to invitations to address local, national, and international gatherings on food safety, including recent testimony to US Congress Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Marler Clark is considered the nation’s foremost law firm representing victims of foodborne illness.

William Marler began litigating foodborne illness cases in 1993, handling the seriously injured survivors of the landmark Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak.  Since then, Marler has represented victims of every large foodborne illness outbreak in the United States against such companies as Wholesale Club, Chili’s, Chi-Chi’s, ConAgra, Dole, Excel, Golden Corral, KFC, Sheetz, Sizzler, Supervalu, and Wendy’s, securing over 500 million dollars for his clients. 

In 2010, Bill Marler was awarded the NSF food Safety Leadership award for Education.  He has the top rating from Martindale, is voted a Superlawyer every year, and has been voted into Best Lawyers in America.  He received the Public Justice Award from the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Outstanding Lawyer Award from his bar association, and has been in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys every year since 2002.

Bill Marler is the publisher of the highly regarded Food Safety News, and his award-winning blog, Marler Blog, is read by over 1,000,000 people around the world every year.  In 1998, Mr. Marler formed the not for profit Outbreak Inc.; under its auspices, he spends much of the year speaking on how to prevent foodborne illnesses.

William "Bill" Marler is Managing Partner at Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm