The Seattle food safety attorney will discuss the infamous Jack in the Box E. coli case and how it changed the way we look at food safety

WHO: Bill Marler of Marler Clark, LLP 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.

Marler 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.

At IAFP 2014, Marler will walk through the history of the Jack in the Box outbreak and how this terrible tragedy led to necessary changes in food safety – from supply to preparation.

WHAT: Opening Session Lecture – 20 Years Later, Where Were We, Where are We and Where are We Going? at The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting, which in 2014 is in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indiana Convention Center.

WHEN: Sunday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 PM

WHERE: 500 Ballroom (Indiana Convention Center)

The 1992–1993 Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak was one of the biggest outbreaks in the beef and restaurant industry. The story of Brianne Kiner, the most seriously injured survivor, and how Bill Marler came to represent her is recounted in the nonfiction novel Poisoned by Jeff Benedict.

“It is a privilege to speak at the IAFP and be given a chance to honor those who were sickened and those who died in the outbreak,” said Marler. At the Opening Session Lecture, Marler will also recognize the major breakthroughs over the past 20 years that have occurred in academics, government, and industry, in trying to make our food supply safer.

For media wishing to speak with Bill Marler, please contact Ginger Vaughan ( or Sam Jones ( or call 206-842-8922. Also contact us if you would like to attend the conference as Marler’s guest.