William D. Marler

Top rated products liability attorney in Seattle, Washington

Marler Clark | The National Food Safety Law Firm
William D. Marler
Marler Clark | The National Food Safety Law Firm

Practice Areas: Products liability

Licensed in Washington since: 1987

Education: Seattle University School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2001 - 2004, 2006 - 2023
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Marler Clark | The National Food Safety Law Firm

1012 1st Avenue
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104-1008 Visit website


William D. Marler is an attorney with the Marler Clark law firm in Seattle, Washington. A top-rated, award-winning trial lawyer with more than 32 years of legal experience, Mr. Marler has become a recognized leader in food poisoning and foodborne illness litigation. He has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of plaintiff clients throughout the United States and all across the globe who suffered a serious sickness or lost a loved one as the result of eating contaminated food.

Having focused almost exclusively on food poisoning litigation since 1993, Mr. Marler has represented the rights and interests of thousands of clients, recovering millions of dollars in settlements and awards on their behalves. His earliest success in this area also remains one of his most notable, when he secured a landmark verdict of more than $15.6 million dollars in 1993 for a client sickened by E. coli in a landmark ruling against a major fast-food chain.

Since that time, he has brought cases against many leading fast-food establishments and restaurant chains, supermarkets, and food manufacturers and suppliers for E. coli, salmonella and Listeria contamination, and other foodborne illnesses. In addition to maintaining a successful trial practice, Mr. Marler also works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state, federal and local administrative organizations to improve food safety.

A pioneer in his field, Mr. Marler has gained coverage from national print and televised news outlets for his in-depth knowledge and insight into this area of law. He has also written extensively and conducted lectures and seminars throughout the nation on foodborne illnesses and prevention.

In recognition for his outstanding professionalism and service as well as his contributions to his field, Mr. Marler has earned consistent designation from The Best Lawyers in America, and he has received a listing in Martindale-Hubbell's* Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys. Moreover, he received the NSF Food Safety Leadership Award: Innovation in Education in 2010 as well as the Public Justice Award from the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association and the Outstanding Lawyer Award from the King County Bar Association in 2008.

A 1982 graduate of Washington State University, Mr. Marler obtained his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law in 1987. He was the recipient of the Seattle University Professional Achievement Award for 2011 along with the Seattle University Distinguished Law Graduate Award in 2013, and he served as chairman of Washington State University's Board of Regents from 1998 to 2004.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal injury - products: plaintiff
  • 100% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1987, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.marlerclark.com/lawyers/view/william-marler

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Elected to Pullman Washington Couty Council, 1977
Educational Background:
  • BA's in English, Economics and Political Science from Washinton State University, 1982
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member of Washington State and King County Bar Associations, 1987
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Routinely speaks around the country and the globe to promote improved food safety., 1998
  • WSTLA presented this award to Bill Marler for his on-going work on behalf of people sickened by tainted food., Public Justice Award, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Seattle University Distinguished Law Graduate Award, Seattle University Distinguished Law Graduate Award, Seattle University, 2013
  • Ranked by WL&P in the top 40 Personal Injury Plaintiff Attorneys in Washington State., Top 40 Personal Injury Plaintiff Attorneys, Washington Law & Politics, 2004
  • Food Safety Leadership Education Award. Mr. Marler was awarded this by NSF International, the world leader in standards development, product certification, education, and risk-management for public health and safety., Food Safety Leadership Education Award, NSF, 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • A highly esteemed award determined by peer nomination and voting, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2009
  • Appointed by the Governor to the Washington State University Board of Regents, 1998-2004
  • Seattle University awarded Mr. Marler the 2011 Professional Achievement Award for his work in law and food safety advocacy., Professional Achievement Award, Seattle University, 2011
  • Mr Marler was was awarded this distinction by the Seattle/King county bar association for his outstanding work on behalf of victims of food poisoning., Outstanding Lawyer Award, Seattle/King County Bar Association, 2008
  • Consistently ranked into the Bar Regsiter of Preeminent Lawyers, 2002-present, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011
  • Presented the Distinguished Achievement Award by Washington State University in 1997., Distinguished Achievement Award, Washington State University, 1997
  • Marlerblog selected as one of the top 100 legal blogs in the country., Blawg 100, ABA Journal, 2010
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Office location for William D. Marler

1012 1st Avenue
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104-1008

Phone: 206-346-1890

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