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The Life and a Distinguished Career of Bill Marler

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Bill Marler graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1987. Prior to law school he completed undergraduate degrees in Political Science, English and Economics from Washington State University in 1982. Here are some honors he was awarded during his young career:
  • 1997 Distinguished Achievement Award from the WSU College of Liberal Arts
  • 1998 Governor Gary Locke appointed Mr. Marler to the University Board of Regents
  • Recently served as President of the Board of Regents
  • 2008 County Bar Association 2008 Outstanding Lawyer Award and the Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association ''Public Justice Award''
  • 2008 chosen by the attorneys of the State of Washington as a ''Super Lawyer''
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys.'' 1
Bill Marler has led the way in many well-known food safety cases. He began litigating food borne illness cases in 1993, when he won 15 million dollars for the most seriously injured person of the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak. In 1998, Bill and his firm settled the claims of three small children who became ill with E. coli infections from drinking contaminated apple juice, for $12 million. After that win, Marker began representing children, in cases involving food-contamination litigation. If the public hears of a large food borne case in the news, it is most likely Bob Marler who is representing.

In 1998, the Marler Clark firm formed OutBreak, a not-for-profit consulting firm providing training to companies regarding how to prevent food borne illness outbreaks among the public. The lawyers give speeches at meetings and education gatherings for a long list of restaurants who are members of the National Restaurant Association. Who better to prepare the restaurants than the litigators who have been in the courtroom suing them? This sounds a bit scary, but it works.

Bill Marler has been instrumental in legislation regarding food borne contamination. Since he began litigating food borne illness in 1993, his firm has represented over 1000 cases. Currently, the not-for-profit organization he set-up, independently from his firm, is the largest organization fighting to keep restaurants and food regulations in sync to promote safety in the food business. You can contact the Marler Clark offices and visit if you are in the Seattle area. They are located on the 66th floor of the Columbia Center.

OutBreak, a non-profit group of litigation consultants, is also located in the Columbia Center. The firm invites people to visit their offices in Seattle, Washington. Here's a short list of some of their speaking engagements in 2009:
  • April 8, 2009 - Washington State Hospital Food Service Providers
  • April 16, 2009 - California Environmental Health Conference Annual Education Symposium
  • May 6, 2009 - Nebraska Governor’s Conference on Food Safety
  • May 6, 2009 - Conference of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI)
There is a continuing monthly schedule for OutBreak through the end of 2009. Go to the Outbreak website for a the complete schedule.2

6600 Columbia Center
701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

1 Marler Blog, Copyright © 2009, Marler Clark.
2 Outbreak Inc., Copyright © 2008 Bill Marler

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