The national conversation about marriage equality shined a spotlight on LGBT couples and their children, reinforcing the trend toward parenting by gay dads and lesbian moms. Advances in reproductive technology have helped bring down the costs associated with biological parenthood for male and female couples.
However, family law in many states struggles to keep up with these advances in family formation. Far too
This course, presented by Brian Esser, a solo practitioner who helps LGBT people build families through adoption and assisted reproduction, discusses the most common modes of LGBT family building, addresses the inequalities that linger after Obergefell, and offers practical guidance for counseling families as they embark on the path to parenthood.
Brian Esser is a solo practitioner whose practice focuses on building families through adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology, and protecting families through proper estate planning. He regularly works with clients pursuing private placement adoption, as well as families securing the parental rights of a non-biological parent through a second-parent adoption. He counsels families on sperm, egg, and embryo donor agreements, and all aspects of surrogacy. He has a particular interest in helping LGBT people build their families.
Brian started his career at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC before moving to Baker & Hostetler’s New York office. He sits on the board of directors of the National LGBT Bar Foundation, and is a member of the ABA’s Family Law Section Committees on Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology. He has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer and one of the Top LGBT Lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. He and his husband Kevin live in Park Slope, Brooklyn and have two sons through open adoption.
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