Law Office of Li-Shann Durst
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Law Office of Li-Shann Durst

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Ms. Durst believes a court room is not the appropriate place for families to resolve relational issues. She has seen many families damaged by the adversarial nature of divorce. For example, in a contested child custody case, both parents share the burden of proving to the court that it is in the children’s best interest to be in his or her custody. This sets up an adversarial mindset in a parent to prove he or she is the better parent. Choosing a non-adversarial approach regarding child custody matters puts the focus on the children and is more likely to produce better results for the family as a whole.

Li-Shann Durst has a passion for families and has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds and economic circumstances. She has advised clients on various family law matters pertaining to divorce including custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, and property distribution.  She has negotiated settlements, drafted marital settlement agreements, and represented clients in court hearings. Additionally, Ms. Durst brings her experience in the mortgage industry and finance to inform her decisions in family law matters.

Having been a litigator, Ms. Durst now focuses on resolving family law issues using alternative dispute resolution methods. There is no easy way to separate a family, however, mediation or a collaborative divorce provides families alternatives to litigation that is more dignified and respectful. Ms. Durst provides well informed, prudent advice to her clients with the sensitivity and compassion they deserve during one of life's most challenging season.

Practice Areas

Family Law

Collaborative Law

Mediation (Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator)

Bar Admission

Virginia, 2001


California State University
Long Beach, CA
B.S., Business (Concentration in Finance)
May 1991 Cum laude

George Mason University School of Law
Arlington, Virginia
J.D. 2001

Awards & Honors

Recipient of the Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico Pro Bono Award, 2009

Professional Associations

Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section)

Virginia Women Attorneys Association

Loudoun County Bar

Virginia Collaborative Professionals

International Association of Collaborative Professionals

Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia

Volunteer Activities

President, Loudoun Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (2016-2018)

Treasurer,  Loudoun Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (2014-2016)

Pro Bono Attorney, Legal Services of Northern Virginia

Member, The Community Church, Ashburn, Virginia