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William Dale Marler

About William Marler

About me

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.