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Pasternak & Fidis, P.C.

From left: Linda Ravdin, Partner, Vicki Viramontes-LaFree, Partner, Anne (Jan) White, Partner

7735 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 1100

Bethesda, MD

20814

301-656-8850

https://www.pasternakfidis.com

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.

Q: What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?

A: Linda Ravdin: The lawyers and staff in my firm, 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 the 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, minimizing damage to the family.

Q: What was a major turning point in your life and/or career?

A: Vicki Viramontes-LaFree: My father’s unexpected passing made me realize that life is too short. I quit my 13-year career in sales management with Xerox and applied for law school. After the birth of my daughter, I opened my own Family Law practice, working with families in crisis. I joined Pasternak & Fidis in 2001 and continue to help families throughout the Washington metro area.

Q: How do you measure success?

A: Anne (Jan) White: I measure success by how well I discern and meet my clients’ needs. I listen closely for their unique interests and individual 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, including financial and mental health experts, to support the client and the goals that we set together.

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