Insight

Anne W. White, Collaborative Law: Family Law, Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C's, 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" Collaborative Law: Family Law

Anne W. White Washington, D.C. LOTY
Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers

September 12, 2019 05:00 PM

After graduating magna cum laude from Duke and earning a master’s degree in political science from UNC Chapel Hill (she’s still an avid Blue Devils and Tar Heels fan), White earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School and spent the beginning of her career practicing litigation and international trade law. Later, after her divorce and transition to single parenthood, she pivoted to a practice area that was important to her personally: family law. “My outlook is that I need to pay close attention to what the client needs and how to get them to what I call their best self, then I help them maximize that,” says White. She likes to brief clients on possible avenues and processes, but she favors collaboration, since, in her view, it best addresses the many nuanced financial, child development, and mental health challenges separation can present.

Since her career shift, White has excelled in her field; she is Chair of the D.C. Metro Protocols Committee—for which she helped develop and author a 100-page manual on collaborative law as a thorough resource for collaborative lawyers—and she’s co-chair of the Ethics Committee of the Maryland Collaborative Practice Council. She’s also a founding member of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute and was honored with the inaugural 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.

In her free time, White indulges her free-spirited side, taking hip-hop dance classes (she was once a performing ballet dancer) and immersive Spanish-language courses, as well as spending time at the beaches of her home state, North Carolina.

Anne White, a partner at Pasternak & Fidis, P.C., has enjoyed many accolades throughout her diverse legal career: from regular selection as one of the D.C. area’s top divorce lawyers by Washingtonian and Bethesda Magazine to listing with Best Lawyers® since 2009. Now, she’s been selected as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Collaborative Law: Family Law for the D.C. region by Best Lawyers®.

Related Articles

Washington D.C. 2022 "Lawyer of the Year"


by Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Subhashini Bollini is honored as 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in Civil Rights Law for Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. 2022 Lawyer of the Year

Jeanne T. Tate - Tampa 2021 Lawyer of the Year


by Best Lawyers

Family Law Tampa, Florida

Jeanne T. Tate

John P. Relman - Washington, D.C. 2021 Lawyer of the Year


by Best Lawyers

Civil Rights Law Washington, D.C.

Headshot of John Relman

Split Decisions


by Lindsey Kujawa and Susan A. Hansen

Marriage is changing—and so is divorce. Family lawyers must be there for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health.

Divorce is Changing Family Law

Lesleigh Wiggs Monahan on What Makes a Good Family Lawyer


by Best Lawyers

Lesleigh Wiggs Monahan of Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie discusses her 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" award.

Lesleigh Wiggs Monahan LOTY Interview

Bringing Choices to Family Law


by Nicole Ortiz

What alternatives do you have to litigation in a divorce?

Why Collaborative Law Could Help your Divorce

Celia Roady, Washington, D.C. "Lawyer of the Year" for Tax Law 2018


by Nicole Ortiz

Celia Roady, of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, was named 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" for Tax Law in Washington, D.C.

Celia Roady, 2018 "Lawyer of the Year"

Marc Sorini, Washington, D.C. "Lawyer of the Year" for Food and Beverage Law 2018


by Nicole Ortiz

Marc Sorini, of McDermott Will & Emery, was named 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" for Food and Beverage Law in Washington, D.C.

Marc Sorini, "Lawyer of the Year" 2018

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Germany™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Germany.

Black, red and yellow stripes

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Switzerland™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Switzerland.

Red flag with white cross

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Austria™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Austria.

Red and white stripes

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Belgium™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Belgium.

Black, yellow and red stripes

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Italy™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Italy.

Green, white and red stripes

It’s All Relative


by Paula Birch Billingsley

Relative adoption can be infant adoption too; it happened to us and was quick, easy and inexpensive.

Private Adoption of A Relative’s Child

Aim High and Fly


by Khalil Abdullah

From a silent victim of hometown segregation to Air Force captain and lawyer of consummate skill, Karen Evans exemplifies leadership—and vows always to help those who seek to follow her path.

Karen Evans' Leadership in the Airforce

Pennsylvania "Lawyer of the Year" 2022


by Best Lawyers

Wendelynne J. Newton is honored as 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" in Pennsylvania for Litigation-Healthcare.

Pennsylvania "Lawyer of the Year" 2022

Trending Articles

The Real Camille: An Interview with Johnny Depp’s Lawyer Camille Vasquez


by Rebecca Blackwell

Camille Vasquez, a young lawyer at Brown Rudnick, sat down with Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer to talk about her distinguished career, recently being named partner and what comes next for her.

Camille Vasquez in office

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: The Best Lawyers Honorees Behind the Litigation


by Gregory Sirico

Best Lawyers takes a look at the recognized legal talent representing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in their ongoing defamation trial.

Lawyers for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Announcing The Best Lawyers in The United Kingdom™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from the United Kingdom.

The Best Lawyers in The United Kingdom 2023

Announcing The Best Lawyers in France™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from France.

Blue, white and red strips

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Germany™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Germany.

Black, red and yellow stripes

Education by Trial: Cultivating Legal Expertise in the Courtroom


by Margo Pierce

The intricacies of complex lawsuits require extensive knowledge of the legal precedent. But they also demand a high level of skill in every discipline needed to succeed at trial, such as analyzing technical reports and deposing expert witnesses.

Cultivating Legal Expertise in the Courtroom

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers® in the United States


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers listed in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and in the 2nd Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for 2022.

2022 Best Lawyers Listings for United States

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Belgium™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Belgium.

Black, yellow and red stripes

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in France


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms, including our inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recipients.

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in France

We Are Women, We Are Fearless


by Deborah S. Chang and Justin Smulison

Athea Trial Lawyers is a female owned and operated law firm specializing in civil litigation, catastrophic energy, wrongful death and product liability.

Athea Trial Law Female Leadership and Success

Choosing a Title Company: What a Seller Should Expect


by Roy D. Oppenheim

When it comes to choosing a title company, how much power exactly does a seller have?

Choosing the Title Company As Seller

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in Germany


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms, including our inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recipients.

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in Germany

What If Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Had a Premarital Agreement?


by John M. Goralka

Oh, the gritty details we’re learning from the latest court battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. This unfortunate airing of dirty laundry may have been avoided with a prenup. Should you think about getting one yourself?

What If Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Had Prenup?

U.K. Introduces Revisions to Right-to-Work Scheme and Immigration Rules


by Gregory Sirico

Right-to-Work Scheme and Immigration Rules in

Destiny Fulfilled


by Sara Collin

Was Angela Reddock-Wright destined to become a lawyer? It sure seems that way. Yet her path was circuitous. This accomplished employment attorney, turned mediator, arbitrator and ADR specialist nonpareil discusses her career, the role of attorneys in society, the new world of post-pandemic work and why new Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson represents the future.

Interview with Lawyer Angela Reddock-Wright

What the Courts Say About Recording in the Classroom


by Christina Henagen Peer and Peter Zawadski

Students and parents are increasingly asking to use audio devices to record what's being said in the classroom. But is it legal? A recent ruling offer gives the answer to a question confusing parents and administrators alike.

Is It Legal for Students to Record Teachers?