Law Office of Li-Shann Durst
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About

Law Office of Li-Shann Durst

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.

Practice Areas

Family Law

Collaborative Law

Mediation

Bar Admissions

Virginia, 2001

Honors & Awards

Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico, Pro Bono Award

Education

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

California State University
Long Beach, California
B.S. cum laude 1991
Major: Business, concentration in Finance

Professional Training

Mediation for the Professional
Center for Dispute Settlement, Washington, DC

Collaborative Divorce Training
CollaborativePractice Training Institute (CPTI)

Interest-Based Negotiation & Mediation Skills Training
CollaborativePractice Training Institute (CPTI)

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

Pro Bono Attorney, Legal Services of Northern Virginia

Vice President, My Child & Me (non-profit organization)

Member, The Community Church, Ashburn, Virginia