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Anne (Jan) W. White, with over 30 years of legal experience in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was named to the 2013 Best Lawyers in America in Family Law and in Collaborative Law and to 2013 Super Lawyers. She attended Stanford Law School and is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where she was also an Angier B. Duke scholar and Phi Beta Kappa member. Ms. White’s diverse background prepared her to resolve complex divorce issues involving taxes, retirement benefits, trusts, businesses, and related financial issues. Earlier in her career, she studied finance at Stanford Business School, trained in tax, business and litigation at the Washington, D.C. firm of Hogan & Hartson, and practiced international trade law.

Ms. White was named one of the area’s top divorce attorneys in December 2013 by Washingtonian Magazine and Bethesda Magazine.

Ms. White is a leader and educator in the collaborative law approach to divorce.  She serves as Chair of the D.C. Metro Protocols Committee and Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Maryland Council of Collaborative Professionals. She is past President of the D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals and past Co-Chair of the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia. As a founding member of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute, Ms. White trains other collaborative law professionals. She was honored with the first Member of the Year Award by the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (Maryland) for her work on the development of the D.C. Metro Area Protocols for Collaborative Divorce.

Ms. White finds that the collaborative law process benefits clients who are seeking to divorce in a way that maximizes their privacy, provides them with greater control over timing and outcome, emphasizes financial planning, and promotes family harmony and good parenting. She assures that clients are provided all the resources they need to deal with the legal, emotional and financial issues of divorce.


Formerly a performing dancer, Ms. White continues to practice her craft today. As a North Carolina native, she follows Duke and Carolina basketball and enjoys time at the beach. As regularly as she can, she participates in Spanish-language immersion programs in Mexico and Guatemala.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 80%
    2 years
  2. Mediation: 20%
    2 years



Hourly ($400-475/hour)

Payment types:

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Contact info

Pasternak & Fidis PC

7735 Old Georgetown Rd Ste 1100
Bethesda, MD, 20814-6183


VAAuthorized to practice law198903/31/2016
DCActive 197307/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
One of the Area's Top Divorce AttorneysWashingtonian Magazine2013
One of the Area's Top 25 Divorce LaywersBethesda Magazine2013
Member of the YearCollaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals2010
Best Divorce and Family LawyersSuper LawyersN/A
FellowAmerican Academy of Matrimonial LawyersN/A
Best Lawyers in America: Family LawBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Best Lawyers in America: Collaborative LawBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPasternak & Fidis, PC1989 - Present
AttorneyU.S. Department Of Commerce, Office Of The Chief Counsel For Import Administration1977 - 1989
AttorneyHogan & Hartson1973 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsN/AN/A
Bar Association of Montgomery CountySection of Family LawN/A
Virginia State Bar, Taxation SectionSection of Family LawN/A
Maryland State Bar AssociationSection of Family LawN/A
District of Columbia BarSection of Family LawN/A
American Bar AssociationSection of Family LawN/A
Collaborative Practice Training InstituteFounding MemberN/A
Collaborative Professionals of Northern VirginiaFormer Co-ChairN/A
Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (Maryland)Former Board Member & Chair of ProtocolsN/A
Maryland Collaborative Professionals Council, Inc.Ethics Committee Co-ChairN/A
D.C. Metro Protocols Committee for Collaborative DivorceChairN/A
D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals(Past President)N/A
Bar Association of Fairfax, VirginiaSection of Family LawN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of North Carolina School of LawPolitical ScienceMA - Masters1969
Duke UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
District of Columbia BarHigh Income Child Support2014
Administrative Office of the Courts Collaborative Law TrainingCollaborative Practice Training2014
Maryland State Bar AssociationEthical Issues in Collaborative Law2013
Collaborative Law Three Day TrainingCollaborative Law Training2012
Divorce Tax WorkshopAdvanced Divorce Tax2011
Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of LawyersRetirement Assets in Divorce2009
District of Columbia BarWhat Estate Planning Attorneys Need to Know About Divorce2009
Multi-Door Mediator TrainingDivorce Tax and Pension LawN/A
Montgomery County Bar Association, CLE CommitteeHigh Net Worth Divorce Clients: Finding and Analyzing Financial Information, What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know about TrustsN/A
District of Columbia BarFamily Law Around the Beltway: Law and Strategy in D.C., Maryland and VirginiaN/A