221 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1136
Chicago, IL 60601
PHONE • (312) 673-5312
EMAIL • firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE • www.familybuildinglaw.com
Nidhi Desai practices both in adoption and in the areas of gamete donation, embryo donation and surrogacy; her emphasis is in the area of collaborative reproduction. In 2004, Nidhi worked closely with Illinois House Representative Barbara Currie in a successful legislative effort to enact “The Gestational Surrogacy Act”, the first law of its kind in the nation to recognize the enforceability of contracts between parties in gestational surrogacy arrangements. In addition to being one of the principal authors of the Gestational Surrogacy Act, she testified on behalf of the Illinois State Bar Association in front of both the state House and Senate judiciary committees and was instrumental in gaining unanimous support for this legislation.
Nidhi served on the Leadership Council of the Illinois local area affiliate of RESOLVE. She has been accepted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Law Attorneys and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. On behalf of RESOLVE of Illinois, she has co-coordinated and taught “The Nuts and Bolts of Collaborative Reproduction,” a one-day seminar that highlighted the psychological, medical and legal issues involved in family building through assisted reproduction.
Nidhi has been appointed to and currently serves on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Genetics and Human Reproduction Task Force, formed to examine and develop policy recommendations for the myriad of issues that arise surrounding these new technologies. Her peers have also selected her as a member of the Leading Lawyers network by her peers.
Nidhi authored the chapter on surrogacy and assisted reproduction for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Practice Handbook on Illinois Adoption Law, and has been appointed to several committees throughout the years to provide education and recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding federal embryo donation policy. She is a frequent speaker on infertility legal issues, both locally and nationally, addressing medical and legal professionals including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Nidhi obtained her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She then received her law degree from Loyola University Chicago, where she served as an articles editor for the Loyola Annals of Health Law.
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