Q: What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?
A: Linda Ravdin: I look forward to working with our lawyers and staff, our clients and even opposing counsel. I enjoy solving problems together, which is what Family Law is all about. I like working on premarital agreements, guiding clients through decisions about economic aspects of a relationship, which most people are uncomfortable discussing going into marriage. I appreciate collaborating with fellow attorneys on agreements that both clients can live with; and in divorce, I value resolving marriage dissolution issues out of court and minimizing damage to families.
Q: Why do you do what you do? What motivates and inspires you?
A: Vicki Viramontes-LaFree: I enjoy getting to know my clients and working with them to resolve their family matters. We determine the best course of action, keeping in mind their goals and objectives. I will go to court, but I prefer guiding clients toward a peaceful resolution – through negotiations, mediation or Collaborative Law. I’m motivated by my client’s relief when their case is settled and by their gratitude for my support during a difficult time.
Q: How do you measure success?
A: Jan White: It’s how well I distill and meet my clients’ needs. I listen closely for their unique interests and needs, although some goals seem universal—namely, the children’s well-being and financial security. The collaborative process helps each party flesh out their most heartfelt goals. Once I understand what truly motivates my client, I can assemble complementary professionals, perhaps financial and mental health, to support them and the goals we set together.
The law firm of Pasternak & Fidis has provided unparalleled service for more than 40 years to individuals, couples, and families in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Our Domestic and Family Law Group works closely with the Estate Planning and Administration group to meet and surpass client expectations.