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

T 301.656.8850 EXT. 440

F 301.656.3053

7735 Old Georgetown Road
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Bethesda, MD 20814-6130


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


District of Columbia


U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

U.S. Supreme Court

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, 2018, and 2020 Best Lawyer of the year Collaborative Law: Family Lawyer.  She is named in 2019’s lists of 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 Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • 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)
  • District of Columbia Bar (Family Law Community)
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar (Section of Family Law)
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (Section of Family Law)


  • “Designing Child-Focused Parenting Plans,” D.C. Judicial and Bar Conference (2019)
  • Divorce Tax Workshop, Maryland State Bar Association (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)
  • 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)


Blog Posts

April 2, 2018

Impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Divorcing Families

In December 2017, Congress rushed to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:  a 503-page document that drastically alters several of the popular tax credits and deductions around which many divorcing families structure their financial planning.  This first major tax reform in decades affects taxes beginning in 2018 and will have a significant impact on divorcing families.  Family lawyers are still working on understanding the nuances of the changes and figuring out how to settle cases while some of the uncertainties in the application of the new law are being resolved by the Treasury Department.

Even the most amicable divorce can be expensive; it simply costs more to maintain two households.  Through effective use of the tax code, however, family law attorneys, often working alongside… MORE >

May 26, 2017

On your way to the altar . . ., don’t forget to get married!

The trend in recent years has been toward greater creativity in marriage ceremonies, including locations, vows, and officiants. In personalizing the ceremony, it is important to keep in mind that the legal requirements for marriage are set forth in the laws of each jurisdiction, both as to the qualifications for a person to marry and the legal steps necessary to ensure that the marriage is valid.

Historically, marriage has been subject to the control of state legislatures (in the District of Columbia, the City Council). Statutes set forth the requirements for who is allowed to marry, the required procedure to marry, and the legal effects of marriage.  Spouses who marry in religious or other ceremonies that do not comply with the statutory requirements may be… MORE >

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 >