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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Peter A. Rohrbach Law Firm Partner

Peter A. Rohrbach, 56, a communications lawyer who had been a partner since 1987 at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, died Oct. 25 at the University of Maryland hospital in Baltimore. He had complications from lymphoma.

Mr. Rohrbach joined Hogan & Hartson in 1979 and was co-chairman of the firm's communications practice group. He specialized in mergers and acquisitions, regulatory proceedings and compliance counseling, and he worked extensively in telecommunications law. His clients included Qwest, Clear Channel and XM Radio, according to the firm's Web site.

Peter Alpaugh Rohrbach was born in Hartford, Conn. He graduated magna cum laude in 1975 from Yale University and graduated in 1979 from Stanford University's law school.

Mr. Rohrbach lived in McLean. He was a volunteer teacher with the outreach program of Thurgood Marshall Academy, a public charter high school in Washington.

He enjoyed fine arts, particularly theater, and the outdoors. In 2007, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with his son James.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Linda Alperin Rohrbach of McLean; two sons, James Rohrbach of San Francisco and Andrew Rohrbach of McLean; his parents, John and Caroline Rohrbach of Bloomfield, Conn.; two brothers; and a sister.

-- Adam Bernstein

Katarina O. Savino Tax lawyer

Katarina O. Savino, 35, a tax lawyer who worked for two District law firms in recent years, including Miller and Chevalier and what is now Bingham, died Oct. 10 at her home in Washington. She had brain cancer.

Mrs. Savino worked at Miller and Chevalier from 2002 to 2007. She then worked for McKee Nelson, which became Bingham. She left the firm in August.

She was born Katarina Olivia Rutkus in Washington and raised in Cabin John. She was a 1991 graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda and received a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. She received a law degree from Harvard in 2002.

From 1997 to 1999, she was an analyst with BT Wolfensohn, a unit of the Bankers Trust Co. in New York, where she worked as part of a task force to aid companies in financial crisis in Korea.

During the late 1980s, she was a math tutor for Montgomery College in Rockville. From 1990 to 1992, she was a member of the Washington Ballet and performed with its Young Dancer troupe. During law school, she was a student advocate and board member of Harvard's Prison Legal Assistance Project, a student practice organization representing inmates in Massachusetts state prisons.

She also did pro bono legal work for low-income residents in the District.

She was a member of St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Northwest.

Survivors include her husband of eight years, Ronald M. Savino of Washington; and her parents, Denis S. and Diana Almeida Rutkus of Cabin John.

-- Lauren Wiseman

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