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2007 Events & Speaking Engagements

Marler Clark regularly presents at meetings and annual education conferences for food industry groups, environmental health associations, and FDA-sponsored Regional Retail Food Seminars. Contact Leslie Dale at (206) 407-2204 or ldale@marlerclark.com to request a speaker for an upcoming event.

Attorney Bruce Clark at the Hawai’i Environmental Health Association

11.28.2007

Marler Clark partner Bruce Clark traveled to Honolulu, Hawai’i, to present at the 2007 Hawai’i Environmental Health Association conference. He gave two presentations titled, “Liability issues that can affect regulatory agencies” and “Case studies involving litigation in the food industry”.

Food Safety Lawyer Denis Stearns at Food HACCP Conference

11.06.2007

Marler Clark partner Denis Stearns traveled to San Francisco for the 2nd International Food HACCP conference. There, he gave a presentation titled, “Profiting from Unsafe Food: The Economics, Law, and Politics of Foodborne Illness Litigation”. Marler Clark was a conference sponsor.

Denis Stearns Guest Lecture at Washington State University Workshop

10.30.2007

Denis Stearns was in Portland, Oregon, to present at Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Northwest Food Safety & Sanitation Workshop. Denis’ presentation focused on the liability impacts of recent foodborne illness outbreaks.

Food Safety Attorney Dave Babcock at the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association

10.25.2007

Marler Clark Senior Associate Dave Babcock traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts, where he delivered a speech titled, “Legal Liability of Public Health Agencies for Alleged Negligent Inspections” for the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association’s Annual Education Conference.

Bill Marler and Suzanne Schreck Guest Lecture at the University of Washington

10.18.2007

Bill Marler and Suzanne Schreck gave a joint presentation on the relationship between lawyers and public relations and how to get a strategic point across through media relations in Professor Kathleen Fearn-Banks’ communications class.

Food Safety Lawyer Bill Marler at the North Dakota Environmental Health Association

10.09.2007

Marler Clark managing partner Bill Marler will attend the North Dakota Environmental Health Association conference on October 9-11, 2007, and will present on a topic related to foodborne illness litigation.

Attorney Bruce Clark at the Boulder County Environmental Health Association

09.27.2007

Bruce Clark traveled to Boulder, Colorado, for the Boulder County EHA meeting on September 27, 2007 - their day on food safety.

Foodborne Pathogen Epidemiologist Patti Waller at the Indiana Environmental Health Association

09.24.2007

Patti Waller will travel to Merrillville, Indiana, for the Indiana Environmental Health Association’s Fall Educational Conference. Her presentation will be central to a discussion on how public health agencies can recover the cost of public health expenditures resulting from a foodborne illness outbreak.

Bill Marler, Food Safety Lawyer at the China Int’l Food Safety and Quality Conference and Exposition

09.12.2007

Bill Marler and Suzanne Schreck will travel to Beijing, China, to present at the China International Food Safety Conference and Exposition, being held September 12-13, 2007. Bill will present a keynote address titled, “The Legal Costs of Foodborne Illness”, and Suzanne will speak during a break-out session, giving a presentation titled, “Crisis Communications: Steps to Take if Your Company is Identified as the Source of a Foodborne Illness Outbreak”.

Epidemiologist Patti Waller at the FDA Northeast Region Annual Food Protection Seminar

08.22.2007

Patti Waller traveled to Connecticut for the FDA’s Northeast Region Annual Food Protection Seminar. Her presentation touched on how Marler Clark uses health department data in its investigation of foodborne illness claims.

Bill Marler at the Australian HACCP Conference Series

08.02.2007

Bill Marler presented at the 14th Australian HACCP Conference in Gold Coast, Australia. His presentation was given during a program titled, “Tell us about class actions relating to foodborne illness in USA”.

Food Safety Attorney Drew Falkenstein at the Interstate Environmental Health Conference

07.19.2007

Drew Falkenstein traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for a speaking engagement at the Interstate Environmental Health Conference, which was held at the historic Seelbach Hotel. His presentation was titled, “Liability of Environmental Health Agencies for Alleged Negligent Inspections.”

Attorney Bill Marler at the American Association for Justice

07.18.2007

Bill Marler traveled to Chicago, Illinois, for the American Association for Justice Annual Convention, to be held July 14-18, 2007. He participated in the “Litigation at Sunrise” program, scheduled at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18.

Dave Babcock at the Wisconsin Association for Food Protection

06.20.2007

Dave Babcock presented at the Wisconsin Association for Food Protection conference on topics related to strict liability and distinguishing between legitimate and illegitimate claims of foodborne illness.

Epidemiologist and Former Client at National Environmental Health Association

06.19.2007

Patti Waller gave a joint presentation with former Marler Clark client Barbara Kowalcyk. Their presentation focused on Barbara’s family’s experience with searching for the source of the E. coli contamination that resulted in the death of her son, Kevin. The presentation was inspired by an article that Patti and Barbara wrote for the Journal of Environmental Health.

Food Safety Lawyers Stearns and Falkenstein at National Environmental Health Association

06.19.2007

Denis Stearns and Drew Falkenstein presented during the Handwashing Leadership Forum session at the National Environmental Health Association conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Denis and Drew participated in a mock trial related to a foodborne illness outbreak that was the result of poor hand hygiene.

Attorney Denis Stearns at the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference

05.22.2007

Marler Clark partner Denis Stearns was in Denver, Colorado, for the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference, where he gave a presentation titled, “Recouping Outbreak Costs: Who Should Pay?”

Stearns Panel Presentation at the Institute for Supply Management

05.17.2007

Denis Stearns gave a joint panel presentation with Marry Anne Hogue, Vice President of Food Safety Services for the Steritech Group, at the Institute for Supply Management’s Hospitality Supply Management Forum.

Food Safety Attorney Falkenstein at a UGA Fresh-Cut Produce HACCP Workshop

05.17.2007

Drew Falkenstein traveled to Athens, Georgia, to present at the University of Georgia’s Fresh-Cut Produce HACCP Workshop, organized by the UGA Food Science Extension Outreach Program. Drew’s speech was titled, “Foodborne Illness from a Legal Perspective.”

Food Safety Lawyer Denis Stearns at the Spring Hospitality Supply Management Conference

05.05.2007

Marler Clark partner Denis Stearns was in Chicago, Illinois, for the Institute of Supply management’s 2007 conference, where he gave a presentation titled, “Food Safety: It’s more than just checking the expiration date.”

Managing Partner Bill Marler at a Minnesota Products Liability Seminar

05.01.2007

Bill Marler presented at the Minnesota Products Liability Seminar on topics related to foodborne illness litigation as it relates to products liability.

Denis Stearns at the Oregon Environmental Health Association

04.23.2007

Denis Stearns presented at the Oregon Environmental Health Association’s Annual Education Conference at the Hood River Inn in Hood River, Oregon. His presentation was titled, “Recouping the Costs of foodborne Illness Outbreak Investigations.”

Stearns Speaks at Iowa Public Health Conference

04.14.2007

Denis Stearns gave a speech titled, “Economic Incentives for Improved Food Safety: Seeking Reimbursement of Public Expenditures Caused by Foodborne Illness Outbreaks” at the Iowa Public Health Conference, to be held in Ames, Iowa. The conference title is, “New Directions for Public Health.”

Idaho Environmental Health Association

03.14.2007

Drew Falkenstein was the keynote speaker for the Idaho Environmental Health Association’s annual meeting, which will be held at Boise State University. His presentation focused on legal liability and obligations of health inspectors in the field.

Food Safety Attorney Bill Marler at the National Steinbeck Center

02.28.2007

Bill Marler traveled to the Salinas Valley’s National Steinbeck Center to be the keynote speaker for an Ag Forum luncheon. Mr. Marler’s presentation focused on fresh produce contamination and litigation that follows outbreaks, such as the recent E. coli outbreak traced to fresh spinach.

Food Safety Legal Team at the Tennessee Food Safety Taskforce

02.21.2007

Marler Clark partner Bruce Clark and epidemiologist Patti Waller attended the Tennessee Food Safety Taskforce meeting titled, “The Legal Aspects of Food Safety.” Bruce and Patti will give a half-day workshop titled, “Focus on Food Safety - Distinguishing Between Legitimate and Illegitimate Claims of Food Poisoning,” which will be followed by a workshop put on by food-industry companies.

Attorney Bruce Clark at Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association

02.16.2007

Bruce Clark traveled to Abbotsford, British Columbia, just outside Vancouver, to present to the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association. Bruce’s speech centered on food safety as a way for businesses to protect themselves from liability for foodborne illness outbreaks.

Food Safety Lawyer Denis Stearns at the Southwest Food Safety Seminar

01.31.2007

Denis Stearns presented a version of his 2006 NEHA presentation, “Economic Incentives for Improved Food Safety: Seeking Reimbursement of Public Expenditures Caused by Foodborne Illness Outbreaks,” titled “YOU BREAK IT, YOU BOUGHT IT: Incentivising Food Safety by Making Restaurants Reimburse for Outbreak Costs,” and “HOW TO SUE A HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Understanding the Risk of Legal Liability for Negligent Inspections and Other Alleged Failures” at the 2007 Southwest Food Safety Seminar in Laughlin, Nevada.

Food Safety Lawyer Bill Marler at the Minnesota Environmental Health Association

01.18.2007

Bill Marler gave a presentation titled, “How to Sue a Health Department” at the Minnesota Environmental Health Association meeting, to be held in St. Paul, Minnesota. His presentation focused on Minnesota laws governing liability of public health agencies.

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