US Foodborne Illness Expert to Address RSPH E. coli Conference


William Marler, food safety advocate and expert in foodborne illness litigation, will speak at the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) conference E. coli: Cases, Controls, and Common Sense. The conference is being held Wednesday, 13 May at the Regent’s Park Holiday Inn. Mr. Marler will present his lecture, The Financial and Other Consequences of E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks: A US perspective, at 10:30 AM.

“Food safety is an international issue,” said Marler, from his Seattle, Washington office. “Global commerce binds our economies, food supplies, and public health systems together in a way that was unimaginable a generation ago. The RSPH is doing tremendous work to further the science and understanding of food safety, and I am honored to be a part of their efforts.”

Mr. Marler travels widely to speak to industry, government, and consumer groups in an effort to improve food safety around the world. In addition to his many US presentations, he has been asked to address conferences in China, Canada, and the UK. In 2008, Mr. Marler gave the Inaugural British Food Journal Annual Lecture at the Royal Institute of Public Health and also spoke to Food Network Wales. Mr. Marler is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Public Justice award (WSTLA), Outstanding Lawyer Award (KCBA), and Super Lawyer (WL&P).

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 (£ 10,250,000.) 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, Sheetz, Sizzler, Supervalu, and Wendy’s, securing over 500 million dollars (£ 325,000,000.) for his clients.