About Susan Davis White

Susan Davis WhiteSusan Davis White has been in the private practice of law in Charlottesville, VA since 1975, specializing in Family, Divorce and Custody Law.  A University of Virginia Law School graduate, Ms. White switched to collaborative law after 30 years as a successful litigator.  “Doing collaborative law has changed my life.  Court is exciting, but it’s stressful and I realized the confrontational legal approach is just not necessary or appropriate for so many couples.  Fixing blame for things that happened in the past doesn’t interest me.  I want to focus on helping couples reach win-win solutions so they can move forward with their lives.”

Ms. White frequently works with Charlottesville-area lawyers David Toscano, Lynn Bradley, and Annie Lee Jacobs on collaborative law cases.

My joy was boundless. I had learnt the true practice of law. I had learnt to find out the better side of human nature and to enter men’s hearts. I realized that the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties driven asunder. The lesson was so indelibly burnt into me that a large part of my time during the twenty years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby — not even money, certainly not my soul.M.H. Gandhi


  • “Establishing Limits for Clients in Family Law Disputes,” 14 Virginia State Bar Family News (Spring 1994)
  • “Confronting the Tower of Psychobabble: The Role of Mental Health Professionals in Custody Disputes,” Virginia Lawyer (November 1993)
  • “The Role of Client Emotional Disorders in Family Law Representation,” 11 Virginia State Bar Family Law News (Winter 1991).

Professional Activities & Associations

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America under Family Law since 1997 and under Collaborative Law since 2002
  • Listed in Super Lawyers (2008) and Legal Elite, Virginia Business (2007)
  • Member of the Board of Governors, Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar from 1991 to 1995
  • Member, Virginia Bar since 1975
  • Member, Bar of the US District Court, Western District, since 1976
  • Member, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, since 1979
  • Member, Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association
  • Commissioner in Chancery for the Sixteenth Judicial District of the US Courts of Appeal, 1985-present.
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member, Virginia Collaborative Professionals, Chair of Standards Committee, 2008
  • Member, Central Virginia Collaborative Professionals