Legal Advisory Council


Legal Advisory Council Members

Heather Ross, Esq.

Heather Ross joined Path2Parenthood in 2009 as a member of the newly formed Legal Advisory Council. She has been practicing law for 20 years, and formed her law firm, Ross & Zuckerman, LLP, in 2005 to focus solely on the continuously evolving laws and issues surrounding reproductive family building options, including representation of intended parents (including single parents and same sex couples), donors, gestational surrogates, and embryo donors and recipients. Prior to forming Ross & Zuckerman, LLP, Ms. Ross worked for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago(“LAF”), one of the preeminent not-for-profit legal aid organizations in the country. Prior to LAF she spent three years in private practice primarily engaged in the drafting and negotiation of complex financial transactions. In addition to representing clients, Ms. Ross also participates in educational forums to law students, lawyers, physicians and graduate students on assisted reproductive technology law, and has presented numerous lectures in the areas of bioethics, humanities, estate planning and reproductive justice. Ms. Ross also co-authored a manual for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (“IICLE”) Handbook on how heirship is affected by artificial insemination, surrogacy and egg donation. She is a member of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, a committee member of the American Bar Association’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee, and a professional member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and Resolve. Ms. Ross received her Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of law in 1993 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University with a joint degree in Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.


Meryl Rosenberg, Esq.

Meryl B. Rosenberg is an attorney in private practice and is the director of a comprehensive program devoted exclusively to all legal and other aspects of surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, and other matters involving assisted reproductive technology, as well as adoption. She has been working in the field of reproductive law and adoptions for over seventeen years, assisting hundreds of individuals build their families. Ms. Rosenberg is an active participant in furthering the education, development and expansion of the field of reproductive law, and is an innovator and leader in the field of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Ms. Rosenberg is Of Counsel for the National Fertility Law Center and is the current Secretary of the ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) Legal Professional Group. She is a professional member of Path2Parenthood's Legal Advisory Council, the American Bar Association Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee, the Maryland State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association - Family Law and Reproductive Law and Technology Section, and Health Law Section, Resolve – The National Fertility Association, and is an editorial board member of Fertility Today. She is also active in various volunteer organizations both local and international. Ms. Rosenberg has authored a number of articles in various publications, magazines and on-line on the topic of third party reproduction legal issues, and on surrogacy and egg donation in particular, and often speaks on the same subjects for professionals in the field and for intended parents and those seeking to assist them in building families through ART. She has also been a guest teacher at the University Of Maryland School Of Law on the topic of ART.


Denise Seidelman, Esq.

Denise Seidelman is a partner in Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP, a firm devoted exclusively to adoption and reproductive law since 1996. Denise’s practice includes the full gamut of adoption services ranging from private placement and agency adoptions to second and second parent adoptions. She also provides legal counsel to those building their families through egg, sperm, and embryo donation as well as those needing the assistance of a gestational surrogate. She is actively involved in the legislative effort to reform New York law so that those building their families with the assistance of reproductive technology will be recognized under New York law. Denise is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She is on the Board of Path2Parenthood, a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, and a member of the National LGBT Bar Association Family Law Institute. Denise has lectured frequently on the legal aspects of the adoption process and on reproductive law before the New York State and New York City Bar Associations as well as before the New York Judicial Institute.Denise is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Washington College of Law.She was admitted to practice in New York in 1980 and in New Jersey in 2006. She began her legal career as a trial attorney for the Criminal Defense Division of the New York City Legal Aid Society


Steven H. Snyder, Esq.

Steven H. Snyder, Esq., is the founding and principal partner of STEVEN H. SNYDER & ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS AT LAW in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Mr. Snyder attended law school at the University of Minnesota, graduating cum laude in 1982. Mr. Snyder successfully litigated the first and only contested Minnesota surrogacy case to date in 2006 in which he won sole custody of the child for a single father; this case has been affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Mr. Snyder is a member of the American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Law Practice Management, and Family Law sections), Chair of the Reproductive & Genetic Technology Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, a member of both the Minnesota State Bar Association (Family Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections) and Hennepin County Bar Association, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Snyder also serves as a member of the national advisory committee of RESOLVE: The National Fertility Association, Path2Parenthood's legal advisory council (national non-profit organizations for education, support, and advocacy on behalf of infertile persons), and is a professional member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (national organization of fertility physicians). Mr. Snyder is a frequent national and international speaker on assisted reproductive technology topics and is currently an adjunct professor of assisted reproductive technology law at the Hamline University Law School.


Kimberly M. Surratt, J.D.

Kimberly M. Surratt, J.D. is principal of Surratt Law Practice, PC where she maintains a family law and estate planning practice consisting of six attorneys and four legal assistants. Kim is a Fellow with the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council, the National LGBT Bar Association, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, board member and lobbying chair for both the Family Law Section and LGBT Section of the State Bar of Nevada, and the domestic committee lobbying chair for the Nevada Justice Association. She represents and consults with various ART medical clinics, surrogacy agencies and donor programs nationwide. She has been lobbying in front of the Nevada State Legislature since 2003 on various issues of reproductive technology adoption law, domestic partnerships and collaborative law. She published the first ART article ever in the Nevada Lawyer titled Parenthood Through Technology and was the first to speak to the Nevada State Bar Family Law Section regarding LGBT family law issues. Kim Surratt is responsible for the drafting and lobbying of the new reproductive law for Nevada, a gender and marital status neutral law that allows everyone access to parenthood.

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