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Melissa Brisman, J.D.

Reproductive Possibilities, LLC 


1 Paragon Drive, Suite 160
Montvale, NJ 07645

Phone (201) 505-0078
Email info@reproductivepossibilities.com
Website www.reproductivepossibilities.com

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Melissa B. Brisman graduated Valedictorian from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. She is an attorney admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and is a licensed certified public accountant.

Melissa first started helping couples become parents in 1996. She was her own first client, guiding and directing the process in which she and her husband, Dan, became parents of twin boys carried by a gestational carrier. A few years later, they had a daughter carried by another gestational carrier.

As a mother, Melissa is uniquely qualified. She understands the emotion and concern involved in creating a family and, as a lawyer, has successfully won many cases in this field. She has helped protect the rights of hundreds of parents who have had miracle babies using all available reproductive technologies.

Melissa is the first attorney to obtain court orders directing that the genetic parents be placed on the original birth certificates of their children born to gestational carriers in the State of Maine, in 1997, and the State of New Jersey, in 2000. She also argued and won landmark gestational carrier cases before the Supreme Court of Massachusetts in 2001 and the State Supreme Court of New York in 2004, setting legal precedents for birth orders in these states. In 2003, Melissa was the first attorney to obtain a court order placing two women on the birth certificate of their child, without an adoption, in the State of New Jersey; and, in 2005, to place two men on the birth certificate of their children, born through a gestational carrier, without an adoption, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she was also able to have two women who were validly married in Canada placed on the birth certificate of their child in the State of New York.

Melissa has been a keynote speaker at numerous events and organizational activities and for prestigious institutions across the country, including the New Jersey Society for Reproductive Nursing Specialists, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Cornell Hospital and the Donor Egg Conference held each year in Charleston, South Carolina. Melissa has also served as a faculty member for the 2010 International Nursing Conference on Reproductive Health & Infertility. Melissa is a Notable Contributor for GayParentstoBe and has served on the Boards of the American Fertility Association (AFA)/ Path2Parenthood, Fertile Dreams, and Conceive Magazine and has also been the legal advisor and a Board Member of Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED) and the LIVESTRONG Fertility Advisory Committee. Melissa is a professional member of Resolve, AFA, the American Bar Association-Family Law Section-Reproductive and Genetic Technology Committee (ABA), the Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy (OPTS), The Embracing Hope Scholarship Committee, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA).

Melissa was the recipient of the 2015 Infertility Hero Award and 2004 Star of Resolve Award. She is a chapter author of Reproductive Medicine Secrets by Zev Rosenwaks, Fertility Preservation in Male Cancer Patients by John P. Mulhall, and Principles of Oocyte and Embryo Donation by Mark V. Sauer. In 2006, Melissa B. Brisman’s law firm, Melissa B. Brisman, Esq., LLC was named as a finalist for the prestigious 2006 Forbes Enterprise Award. Melissa is also the author of numerous articles on the subjects of gestational carriers and reproductive law.

Melissa drafts and negotiates contracts for many types of reproductive arrangements including gestational carrier contracts, ovum, sperm and embryo donation contracts and adoptions; works with international couples; finalizes same sex and step parent adoptions; obtains court orders for gestational carrier arrangements to allow the intended parents to go directly on the birth certificate of their child at birth; processes name changes; and reviews insurance books on behalf of intended parents and their gestational carriers. In addition,

Ms. Brisman is sole owner of Reproductive Possibilities, LLC, an agency that facilitates gestational carrier arrangements, and Surrogate Fund Management, LLC, a company that manages escrow in connection with reproductive arrangements.


Nidhi Desai Esq.

Desai & Miller


221 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1136
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone (312) 673-5312
Email ndesai@familybuildinglaw.com
Website www.familybuildinglaw.com

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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.


Victoria Ferrara-Loris, Esq.

The Ferrara Law Group, P.C. 


2150 Post Road, Suite 401
Fairfield, CT 06824

Phone (203) 255-9877
Email vferrara@theferraralawgroup.com
Website www.theferraralawgroup.com

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Victoria T. Ferrara, Esq., has been practicing law in the area of assisted reproductive technology for over 20 years. She brings to her practice years of experience in litigation and family law, and she has represented many clients in all aspects of assisted reproduction law. Attorney Ferrara's clients come from around the world as she has represented intended parents from South America, Asia and Europe as well as numerous clients in the U.S.A.


Judith A. Hoechst Esq.

The Law Office of Judith A. Hoechst 


1901 Littleton Blvd.
Littleton, CO 80120

Phone (303) 549-7799
Email jhoechst.law@gmail.com
Website www.coloradoreproductivelaw.com

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Judith Hoechst's law practice is devoted to reproductive law. A former pediatric and neonatal intensive care nurse and medical malpractice attorney, she changed the focus of her law practice to assisted reproductive technology (ART) law after a gestational surrogate carried her son in 2004. Experienced in drafting and reviewing surrogacy contracts, egg/sperm/embryo donation contracts, obtaining parentage orders, and acting as liaison between intended parents and birth hospitals, she works diligently with her clients so that the legal process of each ART journey is completed with confidence. Judith has been admitted to the State Bars of Ohio, New Mexico and Colorado.


International Assisted Reproduction Center


11270 86th Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Phone (763) 494-8800
Email info@iarc-usa.com
Website www.fertilityhelp.com

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At the International Assisted Reproduction Center (IARC®) we have extensive knowledge and experience in the field of surrogacy and ovum/egg donation. Our agency's procedures are based on over 1,000 surrogate and ovum/egg donor births.

Our agency handles all aspects of each assisted reproduction program, whether it involves an ovum/egg donation, a surrogate or both. We work closely with each client to ensure arrangements are customized to meet the specific needs of prospective parents, surrogates and egg donors. Our agency assists clients in regard to gestational surrogacy, traditional surrogacy, ovum/egg donation and the screening and selection of surrogates and egg donors.



Ishi Kunin, Esq.

Kunin Law Group


3551 E Bonanza Road, Suite 110
Las Vegas, NV 89110

Phone (702) 438-8060
Email ishi@kuninlawgroup.com
Website www.kuninlawgroup.com

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Ishi Kunin is the owner of Kunin Law Group. She has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has practiced solely in the area of domestic relations and probate for over 30 years.

Ishi has been a Fellow with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys for over 20 years. She has an active practice representing both birth parents and adoptive parents, and has completed many interstate, as well as some intercountry, adoptions. Ishi also takes an active interest in promoting adoptions and guardianships in the same sex community to allow children to remain with the intact family that they know and love and who, in turn, serve these children’s best interests. Her practice has expanded into the area of Assisted Reproduction, and she is a Fellow with the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys.

In addition to her professional and social affiliations, she has spoken statewide in many forums on adoptions, terminations, domestic partnerships and mediation.


Douglas M. Kautzky, Esq.

Law Offices of Douglas M. Kautzky 


4533 Tobias Avenue
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Phone (310) 540-7241
Email iplaw@dslextreme.com
Website www.fertilityescrow.com

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5435 Balboa Boulevard, Suite 105
Encino, CA 91316

Phone (818) 437-8530
Email iplaw@dslextreme.com
Website www.fertilityescrow.com

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Biography

Fertility Escrow Services, Inc. provides escrow fund management to Surrogacy and Egg Donation Agencies, Attorneys in the field of assisted reproduction, IVF Physicians with Surrogacy and Egg Donation programs, Intended Parents, Gestational and Traditional Surrogates and Egg Donors.

Fertility Escrow Services, Inc. will manage and distribute the funds held in our attorney trust account based on the terms set forth in the Surrogacy or Egg Donation Contract/Agreement. Prior to making distributions, Fertility Escrow Services, Inc., will review any receipts and supporting documentation.


Megan Cohen, Esq.

Family Formation


3685 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Suite 203
Lafayette, CA 94549

Phone (925) 9451880
Email megan@familyformation.com
Website www.familyformation.com

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Megan Cohen is the only adoption attorney in the country who is also a birth mother. Admitted to the bar in January 2010, Megan began working with Diane Michelsen, her mentor, that same year and they became business partners in 2011. She took over the firm in 2013 and has received Super Lawyers’ Northern California Rising Star award every year since. Megan graduated magna cum laude and first in her class from law school where she earned multiple awards for academic excellence. As a law student, she worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. Prior to studying law, Megan was both a successful small business owner and a high school English teacher.

Megan's passion for adoption began when she placed her son for adoption in 1988. She continues to have an open relationship with her adopted son and his parents, and has intimate knowledge of what it means to place a child, to choose the child’s parents, and to both stay connected and reunite with the adopting family.

Adoption isn’t right for everyone, but it can be the best option for you. You can send Megan your questions about adoption or ask for more information. Your communication with her is always confidential, and you’re never under any obligation to do an adoption. This site is all about educating yourself to make the best choice for you and your baby. helpwithadoption.com


Suzanne B. Nichols, Esq.

Rosenstock, Lowe & Nichols 


Rye Brook

800 Westchester Ave., Suite 641N
Rye Brook, NY 10573

Phone (914) 697-4870
Email adoptnpro@aol.com
Website www.rlnlaw.com

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Manhattan

445 Park Ave., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Phone (914) 697-4870
Email adoptnpro@aol.com
Website www.rlnlaw.com

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Union

336 Tucker Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

Phone (914) 697-4870
Email adoptnpro@aol.com
Website www.rlnlaw.com

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Suzanne B. Nichols, Esq. has practiced in the area of adoption law for almost twenty-five years. In the last few years, she has expanded the practice to include assisted reproduction law.

She is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Suzanne holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University, a Master’s degree in counseling from George Washington University, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School.

Prior to attending law school, Suzanne worked for several years counseling individuals and families. The combination of her work experience and her educational background gives Suzanne a unique set of skills to help prospective families navigate through the often emotional process of adopting children.

Suzanne has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys since 1991. The Academy is the preeminent organization of adoption attorneys in the U.S. and Canada. Suzanne is also a member of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association as well as national, state and local adoption educational and support groups.

As a well-known expert in the field of adoptions Suzanne is a frequent guest speaker at adoption conferences and educational workshops. She has also been the subject of various newspaper and magazine articles, and has appeared on national television and radio programs to discuss adoption issues and procedures.


Meryl B. Rosenberg, Esq.

ARTparenting  


1004 Willowleaf Way
Potomac, MD 20854

Phone (301) 217-0074
Email Meryl@artparenting.com
Website www.artparenting.com

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Have questions about building your family?

We have answers.

Since 1993, Meryl B. Rosenberg, Esq. has been helping couples and singles, straight and LGBT, to create their families. Whether you need a comprehensive surrogacy program or legal services for second-parent adoption, step-parent adoption, birth orders, egg/sperm/embryo donation, surrogacy or other third-party processes — we know how to help.

COMPREHENSIVE SURROGACY PROGRAM: At ARTparenting, we'll guide you from start to finish: finding the right gestational surrogate, managing expenses, and coordinating the entire process through the birth. Ultimately, we will ensure that you are recognized as your child's sole legal parent(s).

LEGAL SERVICES FOR LGBT FAMILY-BUILDING: In the evolving field of reproductive law, our expertise and personalized approach are uniquely suited to meet your needs. For LGBT parents, in particular, it is essential to ensure you are recognized as the child's sole legal parent(s). At ARTparenting, we specialize in second-parent adoptions in Maryland and DC, and offer legal assistance with egg/embryo/sperm donation, birth orders, and surrogacy.

JUST ASK: We are devoted to providing our clients with attention, advice and care. ARTparenting's founder, Meryl B. Rosenberg, Esq. and associate attorney Wendy Randolph will personally answer your questions and handle legal representation.

Call Meryl at (301) 217-0074, or visit ARTparenting.com.



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