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Marler Clark LLP
1012 First Avenue, Fifth Floor
Seattle, WA 98104-1008
United States
(800) 884.9840

Firm Details

Marler Clark was established in 1998 by the top attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants in the landmark litigation arising from the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. The firm has since become the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of foodborne illness outbreaks across the country.

The 2011 book, Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli Outbreak that Changed the Way Americans Eat, chronicles the Jack in the Box outbreak and Bill’s role in a case that would change history.  The book, by investigative author Jeff Benedict, recieved critial acclaim.

The Marler Clark food safety attorneys have recovered over $600 million for victims of foodborne illnesses such as Campylobacter, E. coli O157:H7, Hepatitis A, Listeria, Norovirus, Salmonella, and Shigella outbreaks across the country.  Bill Marler and the other attorneys at Marler Clark also spend a significant ammount of time travelling to speak to govenment groups, academia, and industry on food safety issues.

While foodborne illness litigation has been the focus of the firm’s practice, Marler Clark’s attorneys have represented injured persons in other cases for injuries resulting from defective products, automobile accidents, and nursing home negligence. The firm has successfully resolved high-profile personal injury cases throughout the United States, achieving some of the largest settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.


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  • Seattle University Professional Achievement Award
  • KCBA Outstanding Lawyer Award
  • NSF Food Safety leadership Award
  • Washington Association for Justice Public Justice
  • Seattle University Distinguished Law Graduate Award


Patti Waller
Andrew Weisbecker
Foodborne Illness Litigation
Bruce Clark
Foodborne Illness Litigation
Colin Caywood
Foodborne Illness Litigation
Denis Stearns
Foodborne Illness Litigation
Drew Falkenstein
Foodborne Illness Litigation
William Dale Marler
Foodborne Illness Litigation
Suzanne Schreck

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