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2008 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.

Food Safety Attorney Bill Marler at Super Lawyers CLE

12.10.2008

Bill Marler will present to the Super Lawyers CLE in Seattle.

Bill Marler at ACI Food-borne Illness and Contamination Litigation

12.04.2008

Bill Marler will travel to Phoenix to present to the ACI Food Borne Illness & Contamination Litigation Conference.

Attorney David Babcock at the Ontario Food Protection Association Annual Meeting, 50th Anniversary

11.20.2008

Dave Babcock will travel to Mississauga, Ontario, to present to the OFPA.

Denis Stearns Lectures at International Food Safety Seminar at University of Wisconsin School of Law

11.13.2008

Denis Stearns travels to Madison, WI to present to the International Food Safety Seminar at University of Wisconsin School of Law.

Dave Babcock at Michigan Envionmental Health Association

10.29.2008

Dave Babcock travels to Flint, MI to present to the Michigan Environmental Health Association (MEHA).

Drew Falkenstein at the North Dakota Environmental Health Association (NDEHA) Conference

10.29.2008

Drew Falkenstein will present to the North Dakota Environmental Health Association in Bismarck, ND.

Denis Stearns Guest Lectures at the University of Southern California Regulatory Science Program

10.18.2008

Denis Stearns will be in Los Angeles, presenting at the USC Regulatory Science Program.

Food Safety Lawyer Bill Marler at the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Mass Tort Symposium

10.17.2008

Bill Marler will travel to New Orleans to present to the LSBA Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium  

Bill Marler Kenote at the Third International Conference for Food Safety and Quality

10.08.2008

Bill Marler will present the keynote address at the Third International Conference for Food Safety and Quality in San Francisco, CA.

Food Safety Attorney Bruce Clark at the FDA Southeast Food Safety Seminar

10.07.2008

Bruce Clark and Patti Waller travel to Asheville, NC to present to the Southeast Region Food Safety Seminar.

Drew Falkenstien at the Washington Association for Food Protection

09.26.2008

Drew Falkenstein will travel to Lake Chelan, Washington to present to the annual conference of the Washington Association for Food Protection. 

Bill Marler at China International Food Safety and Quality Conference (CIFSQ)

09.24.2008

Bill Marler will be in Beijing, China to present a keynote address to the International Food Safety and Quality Conference.

Epidemiologist at the Manitoba Food Processor’s Association Food Safety Conference

09.23.2008

Patti Waller will present to the Manitoba Food Processor’s Association in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Attorney Dave Babcock at the 2008 Long Company Annual Conference

09.20.2008

Dave Babcock will travel to Chicago, IL to take part in the annual conference of the Long Company.

Epidemiologist Patti Waller at the Montana Public Health Association (MPHA)

09.09.2008

Patti Waller will attend the annual meeting of the Montana Public Health Association in Bozeman, MT, where she will present “Using Health Department Data in Food Borne Illness Litigation”.

Food Safety Legal Team at the Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA)

08.28.2008

Drew Falkenstein and Patti Waller both travel to Nashville, TN to take part in the Annual Conference of the Tennessee Public Health Association.

Foodborne Pathogen Epidemiologist at the FDA Southeastern Regional Meeting

08.19.2008

Patti Waller travels to Atlanta, GA to present to “Headlines You Want to Avoid” to the FDA Southeastern Regional Meeting.

Food Safety Lawyer Bill Marler at Food Safety Council Meeting

07.09.2008

Bill Marler travels to Omaha, Nebraska to speak at the Food Safety Council Meeting

Denis Stearns at the Institute of Food Technologies (IFT)

06.29.2008

Denis Stearns travels to the Institute of Food Technologies (IFT) Annual Meeting and Expo in New Orleans, LA.  His presentation will be “Food Safety Priorities and Risk for the Consumer: A Consumer Perspective”.

Food Safety Attorney Drew Falkenstein at the Alabama Environmental Health Association (AEHA)

06.18.2008

Drew Falkenstein travels to Florence, Alabama, to present to the AEHA.  His presentation is titled “You Break it, You Bought it: Incentivising Food Safety by Making Restaurants Reimburse Outbreak Costs.”

Managing Partner Bill Marler at Food Network Wales

06.18.2008

Bill Marler will be in Cardiff, Wales presenting to the Food Network Wales Conference.

Bill Marler at the British Food Journal (BFJ) Inaugural Lecture

06.17.2008

Bill Marler travels to London to to take part in the Inaugural Lecture series of the British Food Journal (BFJ) at the Royal Institute of Public Health.

Food Safety Lawyer Bruce Clark at International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA)

06.17.2008

Bruce Clark travels to Monterey, CA to participate in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMA) World Forum and Symposium.

Attorney Denis Stearns at the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)

06.10.2008

Denis Stearns will present at the Association of Food and Drug Officials’ annual conference, to be held in Anaheim, California. His presentation is titled “Deja Vu, Bad Beef Back on the Table”.

Bill Marler at Food Safety: Farm to Table

05.28.2008

Bill Marler will give the keynote address, in Moscow, ID presenting an Update on Outbreak Trends 2006-2008.

Food Safety Attorney Denis Stearns at the Institute for Supply Management

05.15.2008

Denis Stearns will participate in the Institute of Supply Management’s Spring Hospitality conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Foodborne Illness Epidemiologist Patti Waller at the Alabama Food Safety and Defense Conference

05.14.2008

Patti Waller travels to Montgomery, Alabama to present “Distinguishing Legitimate Food Borne Illness Claims from Illegitimate Claims”.

Drew Falkenstein at Northeast Food and Drug Officials Association (NEFDOA)

05.13.2008

Drew Falkenstein will travel to Portland, Maine, to present at the NEFDOA Annual Conference on the topic of “Food Borne Illness Liability and Litigation”.

Food Safety Lawyer at Essential Food Law and Regulations

05.12.2008

Denis Stearns travels to Portland, OR to present “Legal Liability for Food Related Outbreaks: Law, History, and Lessons Learned”.

Patti Waller at Central Atlantic States Food and Drug Officials Meeting

05.08.2008

Patti Waller will travel to Saratoga Springs, New York, for the Central Atlantic States Food and Drug Officials meeting.

Food Safety Attorney Bill Marler at Food: Safety, Risk, and Technology

05.06.2008

Bill Marler will speak at the University of Minnesota College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences on Food Safety and Litigation.

Denis Stearns at the Third International Symposium on Agro-terrorism

04.22.2008

Denis Stearns presents to the Third International Symposium on Agro-terrorism, sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Kansas City, MO.

Bill Marler and Denis Stearns at Seattle University School of Law

04.11.2008

Marler Clark managing partner Bill Marler moderated, and partner Denis Stearns presented at the Seattle University School of Law’s conference, Who’s Minding the Store - The Current State of Food Safety and How It Can Be Improved. Marler Clark co-sponsored the event.

Who’s Minding the Store: The Current State of Food Safety and How it Can be Improved.

04.11.2008

Few subjects draw more immediate attention or concern than the safety of the food we eat. Recent years have included a plethora of food warnings and recalls, raising new questions about the quality and integrity of our existing system for assuring food safety. In addition to explaining how our present system works, this program is intended to discuss how changing consumer preferences are affecting the development and distribution of food, examine whether Federal, state and industry oversight roles are changing, and discuss how the regulatory and judicial processes can be most efficiently balanced. Participants include national and local representatives of government, the food industry, consumer organizations and scientists. In addition, the conference brings together international experts, rarely gathered on the same stage for a discussion of food safety in the global marketplace. Fifteen years ago, Seattle was the epicenter of the Jack in the Box E.coli outbreak that sickened six hundred people and killed four. By raising awareness, sharing information, and promoting communication, this conference will benefit both food safety professionals and consumers.

Attorney Denis Stearns at the Food Safety and Security Summit 2008

03.17.2008

Denis Stearns participated in the 2008 Food Safety and Security Summit, held in Washington, DC during a session titled, “Issues/Insights for Microbial Challenge Studies.”

Bill Marler, Food Safety Attorney, at the California Agribusiness Executive Seminar

03.04.2008

Bill Marler traveled to Monterey, California, to participate in a panel discussion on food safety with Dr. Robert Brackett, Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA: Joe Pezzini, Vice Prsident of Operations, Ocean Mist Farms, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement; and Dr. Trevor Suslow, Affiliate Scientist, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, and Cooperative Extension specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis.

Attorney and Epidemiologist at the American Conference Institute

02.26.2008

Bill Marler and Patti Waller were in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Food-Borne Illness Litigation. Bill participated in two conference sessions - “Current and Emerging Food Contamination Litigation: Trends, New Risks and Recent Decisions” and “Trying and Settling Single-Plaintiff Food-Borne Illness Cases”. Patti participated in a session titled, “Obtaining Medical Records, Public Health Documents, and Other Key Information”.

Drew Falkenstien at the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

02.26.2008

University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) and De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines (DLSU)

Drew Falkenstein attended an international conference entitled, “Go Global: Food Processing and Safety” in Waikiki, Hawai’i. He gave a presentation titled, “Food Safety and Politics in Food—A Global Perspective.”

Food Safety Lawyer Dave Babcock at the Southwest Small Fruit Consortium

01.10.2008

Dave Babcock presented at the 2008 Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium Conference held in Savannah, Georgia. His speech was titled, “PROFITING FROM UNSAFE FOOD: The Economics, Law, and Politics of Foodborne Illness Litigation.”

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