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Anne (Jan) W. White

Family Attorney at Bethesda, MD

5.0   1 review

also known as Anne W. White

  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 35 years
    North Carolina - NC 32 years
    Virginia - VA 34 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 50 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1989
    Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1973
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Anne (Jan)

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Practice areas

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.


Pasternak & Fidis PC
7735 Old Georgetown Rd Ste 1100
Bethesda, MD, 20814-6183

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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jan skillfully led me through a financially complicated and emotionally difficult legal action. She articulated my options in clear and concise language, never pushy but moving the process along at a good pace while protecting the entire family's interests.


  • Hourly Rates $ 400-475 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Pasternak & Fidis, PC
  • 1989 - Present
  • Attorney
  • U.S. Department Of Commerce, Office Of The Chief Counsel For Import Administration
  • 1977 - 1989
  • Attorney
  • Hogan & Hartson
  • 1973 - 1977


  • Stanford Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • MA - Masters
  • 1969
  • Duke University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1967


  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • N/A
  • D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • (Past President)
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  • D.C. Metro Protocols Committee for Collaborative Divorce
  • Chair
  • N/A
  • Maryland Collaborative Professionals Council, Inc.
  • Ethics Committee Co-Chair
  • N/A
  • Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (Maryland)
  • Former Board Member & Chair of Protocols
  • N/A
  • Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia
  • Former Co-Chair
  • N/A
  • Collaborative Practice Training Institute
  • Founding Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Section of Family Law
  • N/A
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Section of Family Law
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Section of Family Law
  • N/A
  • Virginia State Bar, Taxation Section
  • Section of Family Law
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Section of Family Law
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of Fairfax, Virginia
  • Section of Family Law
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • One of the Area's Top Divorce Attorneys
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2013
  • One of the Area's Top 25 Divorce Laywers
  • Bethesda Magazine
  • 2013
  • Member of the Year
  • Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals
  • 2010
  • Best Divorce and Family Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Fellow
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Best Lawyers in America: Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • N/A
  • Best Lawyers in America: Collaborative Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • High Income Child Support
  • 2014
  • Administrative Office of the Courts Collaborative Law Training
  • Collaborative Practice Training
  • 2014
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Ethical Issues in Collaborative Law
  • 2013
  • Collaborative Law Three Day Training
  • Collaborative Law Training
  • 2012
  • Divorce Tax Workshop
  • Advanced Divorce Tax
  • 2011
  • Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers
  • Retirement Assets in Divorce
  • 2009
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • What Estate Planning Attorneys Need to Know About Divorce
  • 2009
  • Multi-Door Mediator Training
  • Divorce Tax and Pension Law
  • N/A
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • High Net Worth Divorce Clients: Finding and Analyzing Financial Information, What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know about Trusts
  • N/A
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Family Law Around the Beltway: Law and Strategy in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Jun 13
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Bethesda Family Lawyer Anne (Jan) W. White
Anne (Jan) W. White
Family Attorney
Bethesda, MD
Licensed for 50 years