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Anne (Jan) W. White

Pasternak and Fidis, P.C.
7101 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1025
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-656-8850
Fax: 301-656-3053

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 consistently named to Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers in Family Law and Collaborative Law. Jan graduated from 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. Jan\\\'s diverse background prepared her to resolve complex divorce issues involving taxes, retirement benefits, trusts, businesses, and related financial issues in collaborative cases. 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 (now Hogan Lovells), and practiced international trade law.

Jan completed her collaborative law training alongside renowned professionals in the field, such as Stu Webb, Pauline Tesler, Peggy Thompson, Suzanne Brunsting, Susan Gamache, and George Richardson.

Jan is a leader and educator in Collaborative Law. She serves as Chair of the D.C. Metro Protocols Committee, which drafted the contracts and reference book for the practice of Collaborative law in the area, and Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, which educates other professionals on how to handle difficult issues. She is past-President and a current Board member of the D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals and past Co-Chair of the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia. As a founding member of Collaborative Practice Training Institute, Jan 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.

As a founding member of Collaborative Practice Training Institute (CPTI), Jan has for years taught a three-day Training for Maryland Lawyers and Judiciary for the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts. She is also a frequent lecturer on Divorce tax, pensions, financial issues in divorce, and high income child support.

Professional Activities

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow; Best Lawyers (Family Law and Collaborative Law); Super Lawyers (Family Law); Faculty for Divorce Tax, Pension, High Income Child Support, and Trusts programs for attorneys and mediators; developed, chaired and taught D.C. Bar Program \\\'Family Law around the Beltway: Law and Strategy in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia\\\'; Chair, D.C. Metro Protocols Committee; past Co-Chair, Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia; Board Member and past President for D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals; past Board Member and Co-Chair of Protocols for Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (Maryland); founding member of Collaborative Practice Training Institute

General Comments

Jan says that the Collaborative Process appeals to clients who want privacy about their finances and personal matters and who want to control the pacing and time demands of resolving their dispute. Among divorcing clients, the Collaborative Process particularly appeals to spouses who want an amicable divorce; spouses who want to integrate financial planning into their divorce; spouses who want to be better informed about their finances; spouses who want to maintain a respectful relationship with each other and the other’s extended family; couples who have had a lengthy marriage; and clients who want specialized tax, business, trust and other expert advice as part of their divorce.

In a divorce or family law situation, there are two groups that are particularly well-served by the process: 1) high net worth individuals and business owners who seek a private resolution and a process they can control; and 2) parents who seek a process that protects their children. The first group, who have important financial interests at stake, can protect their financial information from disclosure to others outside the process. At the same time, if one party is less financially sophisticated, the neutral financial expert hired by the parties can help educate that person about the family finances. The parties can also control the timing of the process by deciding when they will meet and how fast they will proceed. When they reach resolution in the process, their finances will be protected from public access.

The second group, parents of minor children, are able to set protecting their children as their goal for the Collaborative Process. Instead of the attorneys’ negotiating a custody schedule, mental health experts trained as coaches meet with the parties to develop a schedule and decision-making plan that protects the children. Participants interviewed after the Collaborative Process reported the greatest benefits to be their improved ability to co-parent and the protection of their children during the divorce process.