Anne (Jan) 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. Jan has great confidence in collaborative law’s ability to overcome the emotional obstacles to negotiation and resolution in divorce cases. To maximize the personal nature and efficacy of the collaborative process, Jan routinely involves mental health, financial, and other trusted professionals in creating custom-tailored teams for each case. Jan’s commitment to improving the experience of divorcing clients has led her to found the D.C. Metro Protocols Committee, devoted to improving the quality of collaborative divorce, and to train other professionals as a founding member of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute.Jan has 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 2012 editions of Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. Jan 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 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, and practiced international trade law.
Jan completed her collaborative law training alongside renowned professionals in the field, such as Stu Webb, Pauline Tesler, Suzanne Brunsting, Susan Gamache, and George Richardson. In addition to practicing collaborative law in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland, Jan also works as a leader and educator in the field. Jan trains other attorneys in the collaborative law discipline and serves as Chair of the D.C. Metro Protocols Committee. She is past Co-Chair of the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia and past President of the D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow; Best Lawyers 2012; Super Lawyers 2012; Faculty for Divorce Tax, Pension 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; past President and Co-Chair of Protocols for D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals, past Board Member and Co-Chair of Protocols for D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals; Board Member and Co-Chair of Protocols for Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (Maryland); Collaborative Practice Training Institute.