Anne (Jan) W. White, Partner

Anne (Jan) W. White, Partner

Divorce and Family Law

Separation and Divorce

Child Custody and Support

Premarital Agreements

Collaborative Divorce and Mediation

janwhite@pasternakfidis.com

T 301.656.8850 EXT. 440

F 301.656.3053

7735 Old Georgetown Road
Suite 1100
Bethesda, MD 20814-6130


Education

A.B., Duke University, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Angier B. Duke Scholar

M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

J.D., Stanford University Law School

Bar Admissions

Maryland

District of Columbia

Virginia

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. 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. Jan’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.

Jan is consistently named one of the area’s top divorce attorneys by Washingtonian Magazine and Bethesda Magazine.  She is recognized by her peers as 2016 Best Lawyer of the year Collaborative Law: Family Lawyer.  She is named in 2016 to Maryland’s Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Women Lawyers by Super Lawyer; she is also listed among DC’s Top 50 Women Lawyers.

Jan helps each client find the best process.  Other attorneys seek her services as a mediator to resolve difficult cases. In 2015, she trained with internationally acclaimed mediator, Gary Friedman.

Jan 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, 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.

Jan finds that the collaborative law process benefits clients who are seeking to divorce in a way that maximizes their privacy, keeps their financial documents private, 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, Jan 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.

Activities and Affiliations

  • Fellow of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals (past-President)
  • D.C. Metro Protocols Committee for Collaborative Divorce (Chair)
  • Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, Ethics Committee (Co-Chair)
  • Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (Maryland)(Former Board Member & Chair of Protocols)
  • Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia (Former Co-Chair)
  • Collaborative Practice Training Institute (Founding Member)
  • American Bar Association (Section of Family Law)
  • District of Columbia Bar (Section of Family Law)
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Section of Family Law)
  • Virginia State Bar (Section of Family Law)
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (Section of Family Law)

Presentations

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Divorce Tax Workshop (January 2017)
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Mediation Ethics
  • Backpack to Briefcase (Speaker, Virginia Bar seminar, 2014)
  • Divorce Tax, Financial Planning, and the CPA’s Role (Panelist, Maryland Association of CPAs, 2014)
  • You’re Out of (Guide) Line! High Income Child Support (District of Columbia Bar Association, March 2014)
  • Collaborative Law Training, April 2014 (Administrative Office of the Maryland Courts)
  • Ethical Issues in Collaborative Law, 2016 (Maryland Collaborative Practice Council; Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia)
  • Divorce Tax Workshop, Maryland State Bar Association, December 2011
  • What Estate Planning Attorneys Need to Know About Divorce (District of Columbia Bar)
  • Family Law Around the Beltway: Law and Strategy in D.C., Maryland and Virginia (District of Columbia Bar)
  • Retirement Assets in Divorce (MICPEL)
  • High Net Worth Divorce Clients: Finding and Analyzing Financial Information, What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know about Trusts
  • Divorce Tax and Pension Law (District of Columbia Superior Court Multi-Door Mediator Training)

Recognition

  • Super Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers (Maryland 2017)
  • Super Lawyers – Top 50 Women Lawyers; Family Law (Maryland 2017)
  • Best Lawyers – Family Law (Maryland 2017)
  • Best Lawyers – Collaborative Law: Family Law (Maryland 2017)
  • Washingtonian – Washington’s Top Divorce Lawyers (2016)
  • Super Lawyers – Top 50 Women Lawyers (Washington, DC 2016)
  • Washingtonian – Best Lawyers for Divorce and Family Law
  • Super Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers (Maryland 2016)
  • Super Lawyers – Top 50 Women Lawyers (Maryland 2016)
  • Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year in Collaborative Law: Family Law (Washington, DC 2016)
  • Bethesda Magazine – Top 25 Divorce Lawyers in Montgomery County (2015)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, Member of the Year, 2010

Books

Publications

  • Linda J. Ravdin, The Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act: Overview and Background, in Drafting Prenuptial Agreements, Part XI (Gary N. Skoloff et al. eds., 2017)
  • “Premarital and Marital Agreements and the Migratory (Same-Sex) Couple,” Family Advocate, Spring 2016
  • “Community Foundation Donor-Advised Funds: Efficient and Effective Charitable Giving,” Maryland Bar Journal
  • “Practical Drafting Under the Uniform Trust Code,” Wealth Strategies Journal
  • Anne W. Coventry and Linda J. Ravdin, “Premarital Agreements & Trusts,” Family Advocate, Fall 2015
  • “What Family Lawyers Need to Know About the ‘New’ Phased Retirement for Federal Government Employees,” Maryland Family Law Advocate, April 2015
  • “Premarital Agreements and the Migratory Same-Sex Couple,” Family Law Quarterly, Fall 2014
  • “Factor Premarital Agreements and Divorce Into Estate Plans,” Estate Planning Journal (WG&L), July 2014
  • “The Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act,” American Journal of Family Law, Spring 2014
  • “Divorce May Be Hazardous to Your Health: Health Care Issues Affecting Divorcing Spouses,” Family Law News, Maryland State Bar Association, December 2013
  • “Planning, Admin. in a Digital World,” The Maryland Bar Bulletin, September 2013
  • Co-author of Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons, 2d (Maryland/Washington, DC chapter), European Lawyer/Thomson Reuters
  • “Web of Estate Planning Considerations for Digital Assets,” Estate Planning Journal, May 2013
  • “The New Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act,” Bar Bulletin, Maryland State Bar Association, Inc., September 2012
  • “Premarital Agreements and the Young Couple,” American Journal of Family Law, Summer 2012
  • “Estate Planning in a Digital World,” Wealth Strategies Journal, June 20, 2012
  • “Making Pension Promises in a Prenup: The Impact of ERISA,” Family Advocate Winter 2011
  • “Premarital Agreements: Validity Is Not Enough,” Wealth Strategies Journal Online July 2011
  • “Interlocutory Appeals in Family Law Cases,” Family Law News, Maryland State Bar Association, July 2011
  • “Marital Agreements in Maryland,” Family Law News, Section of Family & Juvenile Law, Maryland State Bar Association, 2011
  • “FAQ about Premarital Agreements,” May 2011
  • “FAQ about Rights of Domestic Partners,” April 2011
  • “FAQ about Postnuptial Agreements,” Lawhelp.org/DC, March 2011
  • “The Collaborative Divorce Option in a Nutshell,” The Maryland Bar Bulletin, November 1, 2010
  • “Divorce Gets Even Hairier: Pets and Marital Dissolution,” Family Law News, Maryland State Bar Association, May 1, 2008
  • “Settlement of Spousal Support Claims When the Payor Is Approaching Retirement,” American Journal of Family Law, Spring 2008
  • “Making Premarital Agreements Litigation Proof,” 2008 Family Law Update, Aspen Publishers
  • “Beyond Traditional: Domestic Partners Can Use Trusts to Fulfill Their Estate-Planning Needs,” Legal Times
  • “No News Is Good News: Validity of Premarital Agreements and Cannon v. Cannon,” Family Law News, Section of Family & Juvenile Law, Maryland State Bar Association, Inc., March 2005
  • “Alimony Drafting Tips,” Family Advocate, Spring 2003
  • Editor, District of Columbia Developments, Washington, DC Estate Planning Council Newsletter, 1995–2003
  • “Prenups to Protect Children,” Family Advocate, Winter 2002
  • “Thirty-Three Ways to Commit Malpractice with Private Retirement Benefits in Divorce,” Co-author, Journal of Asset Protection, May/June 1999
  • “Case Note: Krebs v. Krebs,” Family Law News, Maryland State Bar Association, February 2009

Blog Posts

May 26, 2016

Getting Off to the Right Start: A Collaborative Premarital Agreement

Premarital agreements get a bad rap for being anti-romantic, anti-relationship and getting a marriage off to a bad start.  If they are done right, nothing could be further from the truth.

The Collaborative Process has gained traction in the last decade as a respectful way for couples to settle their divorce issues outside of court.  Less attention has been given to how couples about to embark on marriage can use the Collaborative Process to develop a premarital agreement.  Clients can benefit greatly if attorneys take note of how well the Collaborative Process fits this situation.  In the Collaborative Process, the couple make their own decisions, staying together in the same room to discuss options to resolve their issues.  They are guided in their discussions by… MORE >

October 1, 2014

Passage of Maryland Collaborative Law Act Offers Privacy Protections to Divorcing Couples

In May Governor Martin O’Malley signed the Maryland Uniform Collaborative Law Act, which passed both houses of the Maryland Legislature without objection. Effective October 1, 2014, this law allows divorcing couples to craft their own agreement to protect their confidential information during the Collaborative Process. In contrast, if the parties seek a court resolution, it can be an uphill battle to protect financial information from public access.

The Collaborative Process is a voluntary process that bypasses the court system to reach dispute resolution. The parties commit to working for settlement only, without threatening court action. A collaboratively trained attorney assists each party throughout the process. In contrast to the court system, the parties and attorneys meet together to find solutions that work for both parties… MORE >

July 30, 2012

Maryland’s Highest Court Recognizes Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages

On May 18, 2012, in Port v. Cowan, the Maryland Court of Appeals unanimously held that Maryland courts will recognize a same-sex marriage validly entered into in another state for purposes of granting a divorce. Maryland’s highest court said that its holding is in line with Maryland’s history of according deference to marriages validly performed in other states, even if those states’ laws differ from Maryland’s. Moreover, Maryland statutes that accord rights to same-sex couples as domestic partners and prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in areas such as employment indicate that the Court’s decision is in line with Maryland’s public policy. In March 2012, Governor O’Malley approved a law that will legalize same-sex marriages performed in Maryland effective January 2013, or later, if the law… MORE >