Paul Albert O’Hop Jr. (October 13, 1962– August 26, 2021) was a husband, father, son, brother, and friend and a generous, musical spirit. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Albert O'Hop Sr. He is survived by his beloved wife, Rossana, adored children, Francesca and Pablo, his mother, Florentine, mother-in-law Filomena, sisters Lynne and Suzanne, sister-in-law Rita, brothers-in-law Dave, Kenny and Tony, nieces Christine, Anna, Carina, Sussi, nephews Jim and Wesley, grandnieces Ana and Bella, grandnephews Rory and Anthony, family and life-long friends all over the world.
Paul was born in Camp Springs Maryland. His family was stationed around the country while his father served in the Air Force. He lived his formative years in Olney, Maryland prior to moving to Moscow, Pennsylvania in the mid ’70s. While in high school at Scranton Prep, he formed a band with his friends John D’Andrea, Michael Santarsiero, and Michael Hale - the John Paul Michaels’s band. Although the band did not survive too long, their friendship stayed strong for over 40 years.
He began his education at the University of Notre Dame, participating in their Mexico program in his sophomore year. This inspired him to double major in Spanish and Business. He graduated in 1984 Phi Beta Kappa and spent the next year as a Rotary Scholar in Barcelona, Spain. He returned to the States and enrolled in Law School in 1985 - again at the University of Notre Dame, securing his position as a “Double Domer”. It was here that he met his wife, Rossana. He graduated in 1988 and moved to Los Angeles to practice international business law at Paul Hastings. In 1991, Paul and Rossana wed and spent a year in Amsterdam and Brussels where Paul was an exchange attorney with Loeff, Clays, Verbeke. They returned to Los Angeles and, a year and a half later, moved to the Washington Area so Paul could attend Georgetown Law for his LLM.
Paul found a wonderful fit at Arent Fox. He was there for three years prior to making a move to Squire Sanders and Dempsey in 1998 with his entire team. He and the core members of his team continued to work together for 23 years. He was head of the Latin America Practice Group for many of those years.
Paul and Rossana welcomed their daughter Francesca in 1998 and son Pablo in 2002. They moved into their “Cherry Blossom” street home in McLean a year later and spent years making their unique home.
Paul loved music – it surrounded him everywhere. He never passed up an opportunity to play a song on the guitar, whether for others or just for himself. In the spring, you could find him sitting on the bench in front of the house, strumming his guitar and watching the cherry blossoms. He greeted every day with a smile, was kind to all, and adored his family above everything.
Paul served for 15 years on the Advisory Board for Andean Health and Development, an organization dedicated to building hospitals and providing resources to rural Ecuador. In lieu of flowers, the family asks all who are moved to give to donate to Andean Health: www.andeanhealth.org/donate-to-ahd
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