photoMont.JPGOn Friday the week before I spent part of a day with Shannon Dininny of AP on the one day that I had been in the office for sometime. Since Monday I have been to Toronto to give a speech on food safety, D.C. to push for House Hearings on the Listeria Outbreak and then to Virginia to be the school speaker at Southern Virginia University (home of the writer of the book “Poisoned.”  I did have a chance for a few hour visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

Waking up this Saturday morning – at home, it was interesting to read of my exploits in print – “Listeria outbreak draws Seattle lawyer to battle.” I think she got it right:

“A lot of people who don’t know me very well see the workaholic, always traveling, the persona, but what I’ve tried to do with my job is to make it more of a vocation,” he said. “I love what I do, and I believe in what I do.”

His clients lavish praise on him.

Linda Rivera, 59, was hospitalized for two years after getting ill from E. coli in cookie dough. Her husband, Richard, said he had a list of three attorneys to call, and when the first two heard Marler was also on the list, they deferred.

“These people gave up cases, money, because they knew he was the best,” he said. “It wasn’t about money. Bill gave me peace of mind to know I can take care of Linda. He’s definitely leaving a legacy and having an impact on food safety.”

The Oklahoman jumped into food safety with two pieces this weekend:

Oklahoma and federal inspectors work to keep food supply safe

Is your food safe? A rundown of deadly food-borne bacteria