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Widow of Slain DC Lawyer, Robert Wone, Ready to Move On with Life After Lawsuit Settlement

Posted Aug 5, 2011 12:01 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A $20 million wrongful death suit that attorney Kathy Wone filed over the slaying of her husband, Robert, was primarily an effort to find out what happened before he was found stabbed to death in the home of a then-partner of Arent Fox and two other friends, she told the Washington Post earlier this week.

But when attorney Joseph Price, 40, his domestic partner, Victor Zaborsky, 45, and their roommate Dylan Ward, 40, said they would take the Fifth Amendment rather than answer questions in the civil suit, Wone and her counsel realized they would have to live without the answers she sought and decided to conclude the case. She settled the District of Columbia Superior Court litigation this week for an undisclosed amount.

Robert Wone, who was 32 in 2006, worked as an associate at Covington & Burling and was general counsel for Radio Free Asia at the time of his death, which may have been related to a sex crime, according to investigative reports. The three housemates, who were acquitted of obstruction charges, agreed to make payments in an undisclosed amount to a memorial fund in his name to settle the suit, according to a statement Kathy Wone's counsel provided to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

Kathy Wone, who works at the American Health Lawyers Association, is now 40 and ready to move on with her life, she told the Post.

“I miss Robert every day,” she said. “Not a day goes by when I don’t think about him. It’s tough going through each day without the person you assumed you’d spend the rest of your life with. I’m getting better at it. It’s lonely.”

A criminal investigation continues into Robert Wone's unsolved slaying.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Wrongful Death Suit Against Ex-Partner Creates Document Dilemma for Arent Fox"

ABAJournal.com: "Widow of Slain Ex-Covington Lawyer Settles with Ex-Arent Partner and Pals Acquitted in Cover-Up Case"

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