Donald E. Anderson, III

Mr. Anderson joined the firm as a senior associate in 2004, and became a shareholder in the firm in 2011. 


Mr. Anderson is involved in much of the contested domestic relations litigation for the firm, but he always emphasizes the importance of exploring other alternatives to resolving disputes, such as settlement negotiations and mediation, either of which may help the parties to a family law dispute avoid contested litigation.


Mr. Anderson also practices Collaborative Family Law, which is an alternative available to parties who wish to settle their separation and divorce with their attorneys in a private, open and respectful manner.  By creating an atmosphere of open communication and cooperation, the Collaborative Law process allows both parties to preserve their dignity while they work toward a settlement that is acceptable to each of them.  Mr. Anderson and the other lawyers at Fite, O'Brien & Anderson. have embraced this new alternative to the often adversarial practice of family law.


Mr. Anderson was born outside of Boston, Massachusetts and lived in Boulder, Colorado before moving to Northern Virginia as a child with his family in 1974.  He has resided in Northern Virginia ever since.  Mr. Anderson graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio with a B.A. in history, and he graduated from the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.  During law school, Mr. Anderson was a law clerk with the Environmental Crimes Division of the United States Department of Justice and he also worked as a paralegal and law clerk in a large firm in Washington, D.C., working in the areas of antitrust law and environmental law.


Mr. Anderson has been practicing law in Virginia since 1995 when he joined a small general practice firm in Fairfax, where he practiced criminal law, bankruptcy law, domestic relations, personal injury, and general civil litigation.  In 1999 he joined another small firm in Old Town Alexandria and focused his practice almost exclusively in the area of family law.


Mr. Anderson is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Virginia State Bar and the Fairfax County Bar Association, where he has served on the Circuit Court Committee.  He is also a member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and a member of the Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP), a state-wide organization of Collaborative professionals in Virginia.