I made the Daily Meal’s: America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2015. Honestly, having a lawyer as part of this list may not be a good thing.
#43 Bill Marler, Foodborne Illness Lawyer and Attorney
An accomplished personal injury and products liability attorney, Marler has been litigating foodborne illness cases since 1993, when he represented Brianne Kiner, the most seriously sickened survivor of the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak, creating a Washington State record for an individual personal injury action ($15.6 million). More than a lawyer, Marler has become an advocate for a safer food supply, petitioning the USDA to better regulate pathogenic E. coli, working with nonprofit food safety and foodborne illness victims’ organizations, and helping spur the passage of the 2010-2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. He also helps keep us in the loop with his blog, which he updates on a near-daily basis.
I’m up from 47th in 2014, And, wedged between some interesting people this year: