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Drew Falkenstein

R. Drew Falkenstein is an associate with Marler Clark.

Drew Falkenstein joined Marler Clark in January, 2004 and has concentrated his practice in representing victims of foodborne illness.  He has litigated nationwide against some of the biggest food corporations in the world, including Dole, Kellogg’s, and McDonald’s.  He has worked on landmark cases that have helped shape food safety policy, HACCP protocol, and consumer rights, such as the E. coli outbreak in fresh spinach in 2006, the 2008 Peanut Corporation of America outbreak of Salmonella, and the nationwide outbreak of Salmonella in Iowa eggs in 2010.

A frequent speaker, Mr. Falkenstein travels the country to address public and environmental health organizations as well as food safety meetings and annual educational conferences.  He speaks on the intersection of law and public health, and addresses companies on how to prevent food borne illness outbreaks.  He is often called upon by the media to discuss outbreaks in the news, including recent appearances on Good Morning America, MSNBC, and the Newshour on PBS.

Mr. Falkenstein is a frequent contributor to Food Safety News and a writer for Food Poison Journal.

Drew is admitted to practice in the state of Washington.


2002 -  J.D. Seattle University School of Law
1999 -  B.A. University of Washington


2010 “Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Tennessee E. coli Outbreak: Still a Problem?” National Law Review, May 17, 2010

2010 “Raw Milk: An Issue of Safety or Freedom?”  National Law Review, April 15

2006 ”Tracing Mad Cow Makes Litigation Unlikely,” King County Bar Association’s Bar Bulletin. March (Co-authored with David Babcock, PDF)

2005- ”Immunities and Defenses for Allegedly Negligent Inspections,Journal of Environmental Health, November (PDF)

2005 – “An Introduction to Liability, Negligence, and All Things In BetweenJournal of Environmental Health, September (PDF)

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