GAY FRIENDLY LAWYERS IN NYC

Let’s get one thing out of the way: Most people don’t need to retain a lawyer when they decide to have a child, but you will. There, now that we’ve faced reality as a gay parent, let’s talk about the types of knowledge lawyers specializing in gay parenting issues need. First, state laws and regulations on hot button issues like second-parent adoption, surrogacy, gay marriage, and gay adoption are constantly changing in today’s politically charged atmosphere. This is generally a good thing (fingers crossed for positive change) but you will need to retain an attorney who knows the laws in your state that pertain to gay and lesbian families inside and out. See our list of lawyers and attorneys specializing in gay parenting issues in NYC below.

LAWYERS SPECIALIZING IN GAY PARENTING ISSUES IN NYC:

DIANA ADAMS LAW & MEDIATION

48 Wall Street, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10005

Services Provided: sperm donor agreementssecond parent adoption, co-parenting agreements, custody & divorce mediation, same-sex marriage, wills, other family law matters.

Phone: 347-994-9529

Fax: 347-493-3552

Email: diana@dianaadamslaw.net

www.dianaadamslaw.net

LAW OFFICE OF NICOLE C. BARNUM

16 West 23d St., 4th Floor

NY NY 10010

Services Provided: Nicole has been practicing law in NYC for over twenty years specializing in: Co-parenting agreements, donor agreements, adoptions, child support, orders of protection, custody & visitation litigation and other family law matters.

Phone: 917-371-7241

Email: nicolecbarnum@yahoo.com

GINA M. BONICA, ESQ.

Kurland, Bonica & Associates, P.C.

304 Park Avenue South, Suite 206

New York, New York 10010

Services Provided: Second parent adoption, domestic partnership

Phone: (212) 253- 6911

Fax: (212) 614-2532

Email: bonica@kurlandassoicates.com

ANTHONY M. BROWN

Albert W. Chianese & Associates

60 East 42nd Street, Suite 950

New York, NY 10165

Services Provided: Second parent adoption, domestic partnership

Phone: (212) 953-6447

Email: Brown@awclawyer.com

www.timeforfamilies.comwww.awclawyer.com

CAROL L. BUELL, ESQ.

Weiss, Buell & Bell

11 Park Place, Suite 606

New York, NY 10007

Services Provided: Domestic partnership, second parent adoption and other family law matters

Phone: 212-967-5710 Ext:5721

Fax: 212-967-1336

www.wbblaw.com

TERESA CALABRESE

233 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4A

New York, NY 10016

Services Provided: Donor agreements, co-parenting, domestic partnership, second parent adoption, estate planning

Phone: (212) 889-1101

Email: teresa@teresacalabrese.net

www.teresacalabrese.net

LAW OFFICE OF BRIAN ESSER

540 President Street, 3rd Flr.

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Services Provided: Private-placement adoption, private agency adoptionfoster care adoption, and second-parent adoptionassisted reproductive technologysperm donor agreements, egg donor agreements, embryo donor agreements, surrogacy agreements, estate planning.

Brian sits on the Board of Directors of National LGBT Bar Foundation. He and his husband have a son through open adoption.

Phone: (718) 747-8447Call: (718) 747-8447

Fax: (718) 799-9170Call: (718) 799-9170

Email: brian@esserlawoffice.com

www.esserlawoffice.com

ROBIN FLEISCHNER, ESQ.

Robin Fleischner, Attorney at Law

11 Riverside Drive

Suite 14MW

New York, NY 10023

Services Provided: Dedicated to forming families through adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproduction.

Phone: (212) 362-6945

Email: robin@adoptsurrogatelaw.com

www.adoptsurrogatelaw.com

CHRISTOPHER GOEKEN

233 Fifth Avenue

Suite 4A

New York, NY 10016

(corner of 27th Street)

Services Provided: Second parent adoption

Phone: 212-518-3302

Fax: 646-706-7574

Email: cg@goekenlaw.com

www.goekenlaw.com

CLIFFORD L. GREENBERG, ESQ.

363 Seventh Avenue, Suite 400

New York, NY 10001

Notes: Cliff Greenberg is an adoption attorney, the resident legal expert at The Center, and the author of a children’s book about a girl’s adoption by two loving mothers. Cliff hosts The Center’s monthly Family Law Clinic, and exclusively practices adoption and law.

Phone: 212-545-7337

Fax: 212-545-7406

Email:cliff@greenbergadoption.com

NEW YORK LEGAL ASSISTANCE GROUP

NYLAG’s LGBT Law Project*

Contact: Virginia Goggin

450 W. 33rd Street, 11th Floor,

New York, NY 10001

Services Provided: Financially affordable general LGBT services, second parent adoption

Phone: 212.613.5000 ext. 5107

Fax: 212.613.0820

Email: lgbtlaw@nylag.org

www.nylag.org

REBECCA L. MENDEL, ESQ.

Rosin Steinhagen Mendel

801 Second Avenue, 10th Floor

New York, New York 10017

Services Provided: Adoption law: Domestic, Interstate, Private-Placement Adoption, Private Agency Adoption, Re-Adoption, Foster Care Adoptions. Second Parent Adoption, Single Parent Adoption, Step-Parent Adoptions, Adult Adoptions. Sperm Donor Agreements.

Phone: (212) 972-5430 x28

Fax: (212) 972-5835

www.lawrsm.com

JOSEPH G. MILIZIO, ESQ.

Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP

830 Third Avenue, Fifth Floor

New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212.759.3500

Email: jmilizio@vmmlegal.com

Services provided: Second and step-parent adoptions; adoptions; cohabitation agreements; pre-nuptial agreements; divorce; custody; child support; estate planning; real estate; business transactions; and employment law.

www.vmmlegal.com

JOY ROSENTHAL, ESQ.

Rosenthal Law & Meditation

225 Broadway – Suite 2605

New York, NY 10007

Services Provided: second parent adoptions, step-parent adoptions,and foster parent adoptions, as well as donor agreements, prenuptial agreements, divorce, separation and custody mediation, collaborative law and estate planning for same sex couples.

Phone: (212) 532-4704

Fax: (646) 607-2277

joy@joyrosenthal.com

www.joyrosenthal.com

DEBORAH STEINCOLOR, ESQ.

845 Third Ave., Suite 1400

New York, NY 10022

Services Provided: Since 1994, Deborah has been providing services to New York and New Jersey gay and lesbian individuals and couples becoming parents through adoption and, since 2010, through ART.

Phone: 212.421.7807

80 Park Street

Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973.743.7500

JUDITH E. TURKEL, ESQ.

Turkel, Forman, & de la Vega, LLP

304 Park Avenue South, Suite 207

New York, NY 10010

Services Provided: Second parent adoptions, donor agreements, same sex marriage

Phone: (212) 353-2200

Fax: (212) 353-8828

Email: jturkel@tfvlaw.com

www.tfvlaw.com

LAWYERS OUTSIDE NYC (BUT STILL CLOSE):

MELISSA B. BRISMAN, ESQ.

Melissa B. Brisman, Esq., LLC

One Paragon Drive, Suite 158

Montvale, NJ 07645

Services Provided: 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.

Phone: 201-505-0099

Fax: 201-505-0097 Fax

www.reproductivelawyer.com

THE LAW FIRM OF VICTORIA T. FERRARA, P.C.

Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists

2150 Post Road, Suite 401

Fairfield, CT 06824

Services Provided: WSS distinguishes itself from other agencies in its breadth of knowledge legal issues in surrogacy, and experience in all aspects of the surrogacy journey. WSS’s ability to provide the highest quality of service is unparalleled in the field of surrogacy law, offering clients compassionate, professional and personalized representation. Victoria is considered a true pioneer in Assisted Reproduction Law through the landmark case of Raftopol v. Ramey. In this groundbreaking decision, the Connecticut State Supreme Court ruled a non-biological intended parent may become a legal parent without having to adopt the baby.

Victoria T. Ferrara, Esq., and her partner of 18 years, are the proud parents of two sons, ages 13 and 18. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the prestigious American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Lawyers, the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, and is the author of “Gestational Surrogacy, A Primer”. She lectures to physicians, potential parents, universities, and lawyers around the world.

Phone: 203.255.9877

www.assistedreproductionlaw.com

https://www.facebook.com/worldwidesurrogacy

LISA GOLDBERG, ESQ.

26 Broadmoor Road

Scarsdale, NY 10583

Services Provided: Adoption law in the greater area of New York City. Legal assistance in both foster adoptions and private, domestic adoptions, second parent adoptions, step-parent adoptions, and re-adoptions of international adoptions which were finalized outside the United States. Clients include birth parents, married and unmarried couples, same-sex couples, and single men and women.

Phone: 914-420-6163

Email: lpgoldberg2@verizon.net

www.buildingnyfamilies.com

LAURIE B. GOLDHEIM, ESQ.

Law Offices of Laurie B. Goldheim

20 Old Nyack Turnpike

Suite 300

Nanuet, NY 10954

Services Provided: Represents single couples, couples (heterosexual and homosexual) in private domestic adoption.

Phone: (845) 624-2727

Fax: (845) 624-8400

Email: lgoldheim@adoptionrights.com

www.adoptionrights.com

MICHAEL S. GOLDSTEIN, ESQ.

62 Bowman Avenue

Rye Brook, NY 10573

Services Provided: Single, dual and second parent adoptions. Domestic, agency, international, readoption and foster care.

Phone: (914) 939-1111

Fax: (914) 939-2369

Email: info@adoptgold.com

www.adoptgold.com

LAW OFFICES OF CHRISTINE J. KLEIN, P.C.

245 Saw Mill River Road, Suite 106

Hawthorne, NY 10532

Services Provided: Second and Step-Parent Adoptions; Adoptions; Cohabitation Agreements; Pre-nuptial Agreements; Divorce; Custody; Child Support; Estate Planning, Residential Real Estate and Personal Injury.

Phone: (914) 449-6749

www.christinekleinlaw.com

LAWRENCE KRIEGER, ESQ.

The Wilder Building

8 Exchange Blvd.

Suite 400

Rochester, NY 14614

Services Provided: Co-parenting agreements, fertility related family law, second parent adoption, gay friendly general practice of law, domestic partnership planning.

Phone: (585) 325-2640

Fax: (585) 325-1946

Email: larry@kriegerlaw.net

www.kriegerlaw.net

JOSEPH G. MILIZIO, ESQ.

Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP

3000 Marcus Avenue, Suite 1E9

Lake Success, NY 11042

Phone: 516.437.4385 x108

Email: jmilizio@vmmlegal.com

Services provided: Second and step-parent adoptions; adoptions; cohabitation agreements; pre-nuptial agreements; divorce; custody; child support; estate planning; real estate; business transactions; and employment law.

www.vmmlegal.com

SUZANNE NICHOLS, ESQ.

Rosenstock, Lowe & Nichols

800 Westchester Ave.

Suite 641N

Rye Brook, NY 10573

Services Provided: Law practice limited to adoptions. Works with couples (heterosexual, gay and lesbian) as well as singles.

Phone: (914) 697-4870

Email: adoptnpro@aol.com

www.rinlaw.com

DENISE E. SEIDELMAN, ESQ.

Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP

116 Kraft Avenue

Suite 3

Bronxville, NY 10708

Services Provided: Adoption – for both single parents and same sex couples, second parent adoptions, egg donation agreements, sperm donor agreements, reproductive law

Phone: (914) 779-1050

Email: dseidelman@adoptionlawny.com

www.adoptionlawny.com

WILLIAM S. SINGER, ESQ.

Singer and Fedun, LLC

2230 Route 206

Belle Mead, New Jersey 08502

Services Provided: LGBT family law, second parent adoptions

Phone: (908) 359-7873

Fax: (908) 359-0128

Email: wsinger@singerfedun.com

www.singerfedun.com

LAWYERS SPECIALIZING IN REPRODUCTIVE LAW IN NYC

AMY DEMMA, ESQ.

Law Offices of Amy Demma, P.C.

81 Newtown Lane, Suite #335

East Hampton, NY 11937

Phone: 516-662-7532

Fax: 339-686-3005

Email: amy@lawofficesofamydemma.com

www.lawofficesofamydemma.com

LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN OTHER STATES:

AMY H. MARTELL

Whole Family Law and Mediation

1 Snow Road, Suite 1

Marshfield, MA 02050

Services Provided: parenting agreements, donor agreements, second parent adoption, adoption, LGBTQ family law, and creative conflict resolution including collaborative practice and mediation.

Phone: (781) 780-2500

Email: amy@wholefamilylaw.com

www.wholefamilylaw.com

DGVE LAW, LLC

Danielle G. Van Ess (“DGVE”)

Attorney & Counselor at Law

359 East Street, Hingham, MA 02043

Services Provided: Adoption, estate planning, residential real estate

Phone: 781.740.0848

Fax: 781.740.0849

www.dgvelaw.com

MEYERS & O’HARA, LLP

13527 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Phone: 818.783.1111, extension 11

Fax: 818.783.1210

www.meyersohara.com

LAW OFFICE OF CATHERINE TUCKER

34 Staniels Road Suite 2

Loudon NH 03307

Email: catherine@tuckerlegal.com

Phone: 603.290.5015

www.tuckerlegal.com

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