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At Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, we understand that it is a difficult decision to hire a lawyer. Individuals who have been injured need someone with experience to level the playing field, especially when they face an uphill battle against a corporation or insurance company with seemingly endless legal resources. When we represent a client, we bring all of our attorneys' knowledge and experience to the table so that our clients know they are not alone.


An accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert in foodborne 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 and other serious personal injuries.


William Marler began litigating foodborne illness cases in 1993, when he represented Brianne Kiner, the most seriously injured survivor of the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, resulting in her landmark $15.6 million settlement.  Marler has focused his practice on representing individuals in litigation resulting from E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, hepatitis A, and other food contamination cases.  He has represented victims of nearly 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, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Sizzler, Supervalu, and Wendy’s, securing over $500,000,000 for his clients.


Dedicated to food safety advocacy Mr. Marler travels widely to speak to food industry groups, fair associations, and public health groups about the litigation of claims resulting from outbreaks of pathogenic bacteria and viruses and the issues surrounding it.  He is also a frequent writer on topics related to foodborne illness.  His articles include “Separating the Chaff from the Wheat: How to Determine the Strength of a Foodborne Illness Claim”, "Food Claims and Litigation”, How to Keep Your Focus on Food Safety, and "How to Document a Food Poisoning Case" (co-authored with David Babcock.)  His blog, is avidly read by the food safety and legal communities. In 


This year, Mr. Marler was given, among others, the 2011 Seattle University Professional Achievment Award. In 2008 Outstanding Lawyer Award by the King County Bar Association, as well as being given the Public Justice Award by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.  He has been profiled in numerous publications.


He is married to Julie Marler and has three daughters, Morgan, Olivia, and Sydney.  He is a former board member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers, a member of the board of directors of Bainbridge Youth Services, a former regent at Washington State University, and a member of the Children's Hospital Circle of Care.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%
    29 years



Contingent (25-35%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Gary A. Newland

    I endorse this lawyer. Bill Marler is one of the best personal injury lawyers I have ever worked with. He understands the law and people. He is a true professional and a great advocate.


    Gary Newland Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, L.L.P., P.S.

1301 Second Avenue
Suite 2800
Seattle, WA, 98101-3808


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Professional Achievement AwardSeattle University2011
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Food Safety Leadership Award for Innovation in EducationNSF International2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys2009
Top 40 Plaintiff Lawyers in WashingtonWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Public Justice AwardWashington State Trial Lawyer's Association2008
Outstanding Lawyer AwardSeattle/King County Bar Association2008
Bar Register of Preeminent AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell2008
Bar Register of Preeminent AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell2007
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys2007
Bar Register of Preeminent AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell2006
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys2006
Bar Register of Preeminent AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell2005
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys2005
Bar Register of Preeminent AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell2004
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys2004
Bar Register of Preeminent AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell2003
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys2003
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys2002
Bar Register of Preeminent AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell2002
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys2001
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys2000
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys1999
Super LawyerWashington State Attorneys1998
Distinguished Achievement AwardWSU College of Liberal Arts1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AMarler Clark, Attorneys at Law, L.L.P., P.S.1998 - Present
N/AKargianis Watkins Marler1993 - 1998
N/AKeller Rohrback L.L.P.1987 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Outbreak, Inc.Founding Director2008 - 2010
Children's Hospital Circle of CareMember1998 - 2006
Washington State University Board of RegentsChairman1998 - 2004
Washington State Higher Education Coordinating BoardBoard Member1996 - 2006
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard Member1995 - 2005
Bainbridge Youth ServicesBoard Member1995 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
Trial MagazineServing Up Trouble2009
Food Safety and Quality MagazineLegal Issues for Food Safety: What Every Food Professional Should Know2009
Food Safety Magazine"Food Safety and the CEO: Keys to Bottom Line Success"2007
Food Safety In-Sight Newsletter"Foodborne Illness and Tort - Are You Due Diligent?"2005
Food Safety Magazine"How to Keep Your Focus on Food Safety"2005
Trial Magazine"Litigating the Food Poisoning Case"2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Washington State UniversityPolitical Science, English, EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1982