Peter Romary

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Peter Romary is a British-born American[citation needed]attorney[1][2] living in Greenville, North Carolina.[3] He is a lawyer and trainer in the United States.[4] He is best known[5][6][7] for his pro-bono work on behalf of victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes[5][6][7]

Peter Romary
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Peter Romary at the 5th Annual North Carolina Higher Education Safety Symposium in 2011
Personal details
Born Leeds, Yorkshire[citation needed]


Peter Romary was born in Leeds, United Kingdom,[citation needed]and grew up in Cornwall where he attended Truro School. While in school Romary won the Boys' Junior Épée title at the British Public Schools' Fencing Championships in 1986.[8] He holds law degrees from the University of Reading[9] and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[1]

Romary attributed his becoming a lawyer to his desire to follow in the footsteps of his father, John Romary, a retired solicitor and judge in England.[10]


Romary's legal work most notably included obtaining a then-world record wrongful death jury verdict of $525 million USD[10] in 1998, which still stands as the largest wrongful death jury verdict ever returned in North Carolina.[11][citation needed]

Romary was the President of the "International Society of Lawyers for Public Service" [12][13] and is the Membership Committee Chair of "The College of Master Advocates and Barristers".[14]

For over 12 years, Romary represented over one hundred victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse each year on a pro-bono basis; by the time he received the National Law Journal Pro Bono Award in 2003 he had represented 700 victims,[6] and by the time he began work at East Carolina University the number had reached 1,200 victims.[5][7]

Romary also served on the University of North Carolina Campus Safety Task Force.[15] Among its more-contentious recommendations was one calling for criminal background checks for applicants.[16] He also founded the North Carolina Higher Education Safety Symposium.[17] For his work in higher education safety and risk management, Romary was awarded the 2010 John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award by the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments,[17][18] the organization's "highest honor bestowed by the Association upon a member of the University of North Carolina community."[19] In 2011, Romary was also the recipient of the Verizon Men for Change Award for his work on behalf of victims of domestic violence.[7][20]

Romary currently works as a Teaching Associate Professor and Director of Student Legal Services at East Carolina University,[21] as well as "Of Counsel" to the law firm of Tanner and Romary, in Clayton, North Carolina.[1] He is also a partner in QVerity,[22] a risk management, investigations, and screening firm. Romary also continues to lecture around the US and overseas and advise both private and government clients.[1][22]

Romary rose to the rank of "Worshipful Master" in charge of his masonic lodge by 2003.[23]

From 2007 to 2012, Romary also served as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Namibia to North Carolina, establishing the first consular post for any African nation in North Carolina.[2][24]


  1. ^ a b c d "Attorneys - Tanner & Romary, P.A.". Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "New honorary consul for Namibia". The Namibian. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Peter Romary, 27858". Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Liberty and Justice for All". University of Reading, Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Spring 2012 Newsletter, "Peter Romary Honored with the 7th Annual Men of Change Award"" (PDF). North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Peter Romary "Helping the sheriff"". January 13, 2003. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d "WINNING WORK: 'Getting involved…saves lives'". East Carolina University, Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Public School Fencing results for 1986". Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Reading University past student profiles". Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "US delivers a glowing verdict to lawyer Peter". This is Cornwall. July 6, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ "University of Reading Press Release". Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ "ISLPS Home Page Archive". Archived from the original on February 4, 2001. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ "International Society of Public Interest Lawyers names honorary fellows". Florida Bar. 1999. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The College of Master Advocates and Barristers". Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ "UNC Campus Safety Taskforce Final Report" (PDF). Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Colleges consider background checks on applicants". USA Today. July 1, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "ASG focuses on risk management in new website". The Daily Tar Heel, Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Resolution 31, An Act Honoring Peter J. M. Romary with the 2010 John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award" (PDF). University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  19. ^ "ASG Statutes Chapter 1, Article 5: John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award" (PDF). University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments, Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  20. ^ "ECU News Bureau". Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  21. ^ "About the Director > Student Legal Services". East Carolina University, Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "QVeritys profile page". Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Proceedings Of The Grand Lodge Of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons Of North Carolina" (PDF). Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Bridge established between Namibia and North Carolina". Retrieved September 18, 2013.