William Marler, managing partner of Seattle-based Marler Clark, has been selected for a prestigious law award recognizing his work on behalf of a safer food supply. The Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA) has selected him for the 2008 Public Justice Award, which is bestowed upon "an individual or organization whose efforts, courage, litigation, or innovative work results in the creation of a more just society." The award will be presented to Mr. Marler at the May 1, 2008 Law Day Dinner.
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. 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.
Mr. Marler and his firm, Marler Clark, recently sponsored a two-day conference on food safety titled "Who’s Minding the Store: The Current State of Food Safety and How it Can be Improved." The Seattle conference brought together national and local representatives of government, industry, consumer organizations, scientists, and the media. In addition, the conference featured a panel of international experts from China, New Zealand, the UK, and the European Union in a discussion of food safety in the global marketplace.
Mr. Marler was also recognized this year by the King County Bar Association (KCBA), which has selected him for the 2008 Outstanding Lawyer Award. The KCBA will present Mr. Marler with the award on June 26, 2008 at their annual awards dinner.