Peter Romo Jr.
Peter Edward Romo, Jr.

Born November 25, 1941 in Phoenix, AZ, died December 21, 2013 in Walnut Creek, CA from complications from cancer. A former litigation partner at the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw in San Francisco, CA, he is survived by is wife, Pamela A., his mother Ruby V. Romo of Ft. Belvoir, VA, his sister Patricia A. Dintaman of Alexandria, VA, and his children, Angela L. Cozad of Fairfield, CA, John G. Bennett of Altadena, CA, and Peter E. Romo, III of Sunol, CA, along with four grandchildren. He attended Stanford University, earning a B.S. in mathematics in 1963 and a law degree (LL.B.) in 1966. On graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force becoming a Judge Advocate (1967-72) and Chief Trial Counsel for the Western United States (1972-4). Entering private practice, he defended major life and health insurance companies in bad faith and punitive damages actions, as well as other complex litigation matters involving class actions and antitrust claims. He was well known in the legal community as an excellent lawyer, one who was always calm, logical and precise. A faithful supporter of his alma mater, he avidly followed all things Stanford, in particular its football team. He also was a passionate runner, finally achieving a life long dream of running the NYC Marathon in 1995. But his favorite times were always those spent with his family engaging in wide ranging discussions of the day's political or current events, music or opera (Wagner), over meals and wine long into the night. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to spend time with him.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2014.

Stanford University's notice of Pete's passing is here.
Memories & Condolences
February 3, 2014
I'm sad to learn of Peter's passing - I knew him only one school year, as Seniors in High School in Germany. I'd hoped to see and catch up with him at the Las Vegas Reunion, however he wasn't there. I remember him as a brilliant student and a good heart. He was an important part of that Senior class, and as I read, fulfilled his academic and professional promise.
My deep condolences to his family and friends.
Bob Dick
February 3, 2014
I was so sorry to read the news this morning. He will be truly missed from our high school family. What a wonderful and fulfilling life he led, I believe there is no greater calling on this earth than helping others and mentoring those who follow. What wonderful memories he leaves for his family and friends.
February 3, 2014
What a shock--I had not heard that Pete was ill. Although I had only seen Pete once or twice since HS, he is always a part of my memories of Wiesbaden and that will continue. To Pam and the kids I send my deepest sympathy for your loss of this tremendous man in your life--his legacy will live on through all of you. Most importantly he will be waiting for you when it is your turn
Judie Ross Dunkle
February 2, 2014
Sad, sad news. All the heartfelt things said of him here only scratch the surface. Deep sympathy for this terrible loss.
Caroline Trumbull
February 2, 2014
Knowing Pete from high school in Wiesbaden, Germany it was sad to hear of his passing after having lived a full and productive life, admired by many. I'm just sorry to have missed knowing him for those many years. He will undoubtedly be remembered fondly and missed by many.
Wolfger Schneider
February 2, 2014
Pam, we are very sorry for your loss. Peter was very special to us and to all those alumni who connected with both of you after high school. Thank you for sharing and we will keep both him and you in our prayers.
Jim and Linda Sains
January 21, 2014
Dear Pam and family,
I just received word of Pete's passing. I am so very, very sorry.
Pete was a friend, and a trusted mentor. It was truly an honor to know Pete and I consider myself very much the better person for having done so.
John O'Neil - Springfield, Massachusetts
January 16, 2014
I am so sad to learn of Pete's passing. I knew him when--he was Junior and I was a sophomore at Bitburg American High School in Bitburg, Germany. We dated briefly and then my father was transferred back to the USA. Saw him again at Stanford. Such a great guy!
Anita Nichols
January 15, 2014
We were saddened to hear of Peter's passing. He has a fierce intellect who always showed great kindness and compassion to everyone. His bravery during the last years was yet another testiment to his character. Our sincere condolences to Pam, Ted and the entire family.
Anne-Christine Massullo
January 13, 2014
Pete was more than a dear friend - he was a mentor to me. I owe much of my success as an attorney to Pete's guidance. He always had time to advise, and he approached his job with energy and good humor. He was a good man and I will miss him.
Horace Green
January 13, 2014
It took me awhile to make this message simply because I still can't believe he's really gone.

Peter is an outstanding boss which is why I love working for him since early '80s. The only thing not nice about him is his handwriting and I love to tease him about it. As a person, boss and an attorney, he's wonderful, brilliant, always willing to listen and will never make you feel inferior.

To his family, I share in your loss.
Gloria Garcia
January 10, 2014
Sincere condolences to the family. I was fortunate to work many Lincoln National Life cases with Pete over many years and always considered him to be one of the finest lawyers and a gentleman at all times - a true joy to work with. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
Tom Clagg
January 10, 2014
So sad to hear about Pete's death. As litigation attorney manger for Lincoln Financial Group, I had the privilege of working with Pete for many, many years on California litigation. I have so many stories, but I would like to share just one. Pete's wife Pam is a gourmet cook, and she read about a restaurant in Fort Wayne that was written up in Gourmet magazine. So she told Pete to "make sure when you visit that Mr. Yahne in Fort Wayne when you go there for depositions to have him take you to the Oyster Bar", to which Pete says he responded: "Ken always takes me there. It's a great place." Pete told me that Pam was "duly impressed" Pam, so sorry for your loss.
Ken Yahne
January 6, 2014
It is hard for me to comprehend a planet not graced by Pete Romo's presence. He will be missed by many, including me.
Mark Humbert
January 6, 2014
I met Peter years ago when each of us defended several parties in an arbitration case. Peter was a terrific lawyer, a consummate professional, a true class act, and a pleasure to work with. We stayed in touch after the case ended (favorably), but I'm sorry to say not nearly often enough. I am saddened by his passing, but his smiling face still brings a smile to mine.
Abe Lampart
Abe Lampart
January 6, 2014
It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter.

And although it may seem hard right now,
It will be the memories of these little things
that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles
back again.

With Loving Memories
Debbie Petropoulos
January 6, 2014
Pete always walked in the office with a big smile and friendly hello. He loved when we celebrated cake day each month at work.

If he was out that day he would call and tell his secretary Gloria, save me some cake. He will truely be missed.

Sorry for your loss.

Debbie Petropoulos