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Mr. Rohan J. Samaraweera

Samaraweera Law Offices
Regular Member
1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202 785-1985
Fax: 202 785-1912

Law School: Boston College Law School (1978)
Foreign Languages: Sinhala

Practice Areas:

During the 2004 Bush-Cheney Campaign, Rohan served as the MA State Chair of Lawyers for Bush-Cheney and recruited colleagues to serve as poll watchers in NH, PA, and other states. Rohan deployed to the battleground of the Miami Valley, in Central Ohio, and worked as Help America Vote Act Counsel in Clark County, Ohio. Earlier in the '04 Campaign, he helped the Coalitions Division recruit members of religious organizations by providing written guidance on the permissible political campaign activities of tax exempt religious organizations and their members.

During the 2002 election cycle, Rohan helped the political division of the Romney for Governor Campaign with opposition research, and with the implementation of minority voter outreach programs in Massachusetts. He served as a political consultant, during the 2001 MA Ninth Congressional District Special Election, to the Jo Ann Sprague for Congress Campaign. Early in the 2000 Republican Primary Campaign, Rohan served on the Policy Development group of the John McCain for President Campaign.

Rohan has also voluntarily served in the research, policy and political divisions of several national Campaigns including: the George W. Bush for President, and Bush-Cheney 2000 Campaigns, where he provided Voting Rights Act ("VRA") research during the Florida recount; the Dole for President, and Dole-Kemp '96 Campaign; and the Bush/Quayle '92 and '88 Campaigns. He has handled VRA section 5 pre-clearance matters, and has counseled localities in how to comply with VRA section 2 language minority ballot access issues.

Rohan's professional law practice is primarily focused on federal and state income tax planning and controversy representation; various real estate related transactions ranging from multi-family residential property acquisitions and guidance to operational management to MA Title 5 compliance; and, on representation before various federal and state regulatory agencies. Rohan has deep expertise in IRC section 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) and section 527 organizations, including having applied for and received numerous advance determinations of exempt status from the Exempt Organizations Division of the IRS. Among his reported cases is: Darin, LLC v. StratEdge Corporation, Inc., 2008 Mass. App. Div. 91 (April 4, 2008) (commercial lease dispute).

Prior to forming his own firm, Rohan served as an Attorney at the U.S. Treasurey Department's Office of Thrift Supervision's predecessor; and as Tax and Government Relations Counsel to the Consumer Bankers Association, in Washington, D.C.

Rohan has published several articles on federal income tax issues, and has been a frequent speaker and lecturer on tax and real estate related legal topics.

Rohan practices with the Samaraweera Law Offices. He is admitted in Massachusetts and in the District of Columbia.

MA Office Information:
Suite 26, 38 Day Street, Somerville, MA 02144
Tel: 617-591-1985
Fax: 617-591-1986.

DC Office Information:
Suite 900, 1150 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: 202-785-1985
Fax: 202-785-1912


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