Attorney Elliot Olsen’s expertise in the food industry was summoned to the national stage again recently when he appeared at a gathering of food and beverage industry insiders in Chicago.
Elliot was one of a handful of experts who appeared at the “Food and Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor, & Food Liability,” held at The James Hotel. He was part of a three-person panel that addressed current Food & Drug Administration (FDA) policy and proposed federal legislation and its effect on the food industry.
Elliot presented the perspective from the consumer side. The industry perspective was presented by John Hugo and Diane Roma-Kutz, two nationally known attorneys who represent food-industry concerns.
The conference was attended by a combination of attorneys, industry executives, advisors, and food-safety professionals.
Glittering resume in the food industry
Elliot has spoken to audiences on the food industry, foodborne illness and food safety in his home state of Minnesota, as well as Arizona, California, Illinois, New York, Texas, Washington, and Puerto Rico.
Highlights of his expertise include numerous litigation victories, including these from the past five years:
- He recovered almost $2 million for eight people who became seriously ill when they contracted Listeria monocytogenes after eating contaminated cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado. More than 40 people died and hundreds were hospitalized in 28 states, making it one of the deadliest outbreaks of foodborne illness in U.S. history.
- He achieved a settlement in excess of $500,000 awarded to the family of a man who had liver disease and then ate contaminated raw oysters in a Florida restaurant. The establishment was in violation of state law because it did not have the required warnings about eating raw oysters, which can result in septicemia (blood poisoning) for people with liver disease.
Elliot has more than 20 years’ experience representing people harmed by foodborne illnesses, and he has regained millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. If you or a family member became sick after eating contaminated food and believe negligence played a role, please call 612-337-6126, or complete the following: