Frances Fite, retired

Frances Fite practiced law in Northern Virginia for over thirty-five years, always concentrating her practice in the area of Family Law. Since 1991 she has been active as a mediator in family law cases. She began her practice of law as an associate in the Law Offices of Betty A. Thompson in 1975, before starting her own law firm in 1978.


Ms. Fite was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She first came to Virginia as a college freshman, and graduated with honors from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1961 with a degree in Mathematics. She graduated from George Washington University law school in 1975, where she received her Juris Doctor. She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1975. After practicing family law for several years, Ms. Fite became interested in finding more peaceful means of handling divorce matters, and while continuing her law practice she commenced her mediation training in the early 1980s. Ms. Fite first became certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a Mediator in 1993 and she has since been recertified every two years in order to maintain her "Circuit Court - Family" mediation certification with the Virginia Supreme Court. Ms. Fite currently does her mediation work through her affiliation with the McCammon Group, a statewide consortium of Virginia mediation professionals.


Collaborative Law is a new alternative available to parties who wish to settle divorce matters in a private, 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 works for everyone involved. Ms. Fite and the other lawyers at Fite, O'Brien & Anderson have embraced this new alternative.  During her last ten years with the firm, Ms. Fite represented clients who were participating in the mediation process with other mediators as well as clients who chose to go through the divorce process via the collaborative law process. Ms. Fite had Martindale Hubbell's top AV rating for the last twenty-five years of her practice of law.  She was also selected to be included in the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for her work in family law, mediation and Collaborative Practice.


Ms. Fite was a founding member of the McLean Bar Association, served as its president in 1983 and continues to serve as a board member. She also served as a member of the board of directors of the Fairfax Bar Association from 1986 through 1993. She maintained membership in the Family Law sections of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Virginia State Bar (VSB) and the Fairfax Bar, and was a member of the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA. She served for over ten years as a Council Member of the Virginia Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. In the area of Collaborative Practice, Ms. Fite still maintains membership in the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), was a board member and is a former co-chair of the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia (CPNV) practice group, and was a founding member of and maintains current membership in the Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP), a state-wide organization of collaborative professionals in Virginia.  Ms. Fite was also a founding member of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute (CPTI).

Ms. Fite now splits her time between Virginia and Oklahoma.  Though she is no longer actively practicing law, she remains available to consult with the attorneys in the firm of matters of importance to our clients.