About Bill

Bill Marler is an accomplished personal injury and products liability attorney. He 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. Bill settled Brianne's case for $15.6 million, creating a Washington state record for an individual personal injury action. He settled several other Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak cases for more than $1.5 million each.

In 1998, Bill and his law partners settled the claims of three small children who became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections and hemolytic uremic syndrome after drinking Odwalla apple juice for a reported $12 million. Since that time, Bill has focused his practice on representing individuals, mostly children, in litigation resulting from E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, hepatitis A, and other food-contamination cases, and has represented victims of nearly every large foodborne illness outbreak across the country. He has represented individuals against BJ's Wholesale Club, Chili's, Chi-Chi's, ConAgra, Dole, Excel, Golden Corral, KFC, Sheetz, Sizzler, Supervalu, and Wendy's, as well as other food companies and restaurants.

Bill has also represented children in litigation after they became ill from exposure to contaminated water and infected farm animals. He represented several children who suffered kidney failure after contracting E. coli at White Water Waterpark in Georgia in 1998, and has represented dozens of individuals who have become ill with E. coli after being exposed at fairs across the country. Marler Clark is currently involved in litigation resulting from a Cryptosporidium outbreak at Sprayground, a spray park in central New York.

Bill travels several days per month, speaking to food industry groups, fair associations, and public health groups about foodborne illness litigation and issues surrounding it. He is also a frequent writer on topics related to foodborne illness. Bill co-authored the article "How to document a food poisoning case" with David Babcock for the November 2004 issue of Trial Magazine, and presented his paper, "Separating the Chaff from the Wheat: How to determine the strength of a foodborne illness claim," at the 2005 Defense Research Institute meeting on food liability. The February, 2005 Food Safety In-Sight newsletter by Environ Health Associates, Inc. featured Bill's article, "Food Claims and Litigation." He also wrote "How to Keep Your Focus on Food Safety," an article that appeared in the June-July 2005 issue of Food Safety Magazine.

Mr. Marler is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law in 1987. In 1998 he became the Law School's "Lawyer in Residence." Mr. Marler received undergraduate degrees in Political Science, English and Economics from Washington State University in 1982. While attending WSU, he was elected to the Pullman City Council. At 19 years of age he was the youngest person, and first student ever elected. In 1997, Mr. Marler received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the WSU College of Liberal Arts. In 1998, Governor Gary Locke appointed Mr. Marler to the University Board of Regents. He recently served as President of the Board. He also served on the State Higher Education Coordinating Board. He was recently awarded the Seattle/King County Bar Association 2008 Outstanding Lawyer Award and the Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association "Public Justice Award." Mr. Marler has been chosen by the attorneys of the State of Washington as a "Super Lawyer." He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys.

He is married to Julie Marler and they have three daughters, Morgan, Olivia and Sydney.

Bill and Marler Clark have been profiled in many reports. Here are a few: