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Washington, D.C. Attorneys Offer Family Building Services


The field of assisted reproductive technology has created a host of new legal issues, especially when third parties are involved, such as in egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, or surrogacy. In order to keep up with the evolving legal issues, some attorneys and law practices specialize in the emerging field of Family Building Law and Adoption and Reproductive Technology Law.

If you are embarking upon an assisted reproductive technology treatment that involves a third party, it is a good idea to retain the services of one of these attorneys. Be sure to choose an attorney that specializes in reproductive law, so he or she can create clear legal agreements that state legal rights, obligations, and protection for those involved.

Washington, D.C. Law Practices

With third party reproduction, it is important to have a legal document that clearly states the intent and responsibilities of all those involved, in order to avoid possible legal challenges later. Besides crafting legal agreements, your attorney will also help you deal with issues like insurance claim denials and disposition of embryos.

The following law practices and attorneys help residents in the Washington, D.C. area purse legally-sound family-building through assisted reproductive technology.

  • Law Office of Mark T. McDermott
  • Joseph, Reiner & Wiernicki, P.C.


According to the District of Columbia Code 16-401 and 402, all surrogacy agreements are prohibited in Washington, D.C. This applies to both traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. Violation of this law is punishable by up to one year in jail or a fine of $10,000.

However, it is important to understand this applies only to surrogacy agreements, not the actual act of surrogacy.


For couples considering either domestic or international adoption, it is recommended to retain the services of an adoption lawyer. Because adoption laws differ in each state, your adoption lawyer will help explain how your state’s laws relate to your adoption. He or she will also talk with you about the risks involved in any adoption, especially regarding the finalization of the contract.

Finally, your adoption lawyer will help you craft a post-adoption agreement. This will clarify what kind of contact, if any, the birth parents will have with the baby following birth.