Archive for March, 2007
March 19, 2007 | By: Liz
So who is the Stork Lawyer®? Well, just a normal infertile woman with a J.D. who was bored practicing commercial and employment litigation in New York City, accidentally wrote and published The Infertility Survival Handbook (Riverhead 2004), and then was asked to start a reproductive law practice by her friend and former law school buddy, Amy Demma, JD (Amy now has her own egg donation agency which has a link elsewhere on this page but for convenience sake you also can click here: Prospective Families).
One thing led to another and I wound up writing my second book, The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Adoption (Warner Books 2006), and my law practice grew to include helping people adopt.
But basically, I consider myself an infertile chic with two beautiful children through the miracle of adoption (whom I breast fed, which is now another aspect of our practice, helping intended moms learn about induced lactation for breast feeding babies carried by surrogacy or who were adopted) who happens to be very lucky to have found her bliss helping to build families.
I am a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American Bar Association (and a bunch of subcommittees on family law, reproductive technology and bioethics), the New York State Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. I have been practicing law since 1993 and am admitted to practice in the Appellate Division, First Department of the State of New York, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. My admission in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is pending and I hope to become admitted in the State of Texas (just to be as annoyingly ambitious as possible). As you will learn on this page and our web page (Stork Lawyer Website) we also have attorneys on staff or affiliated with our office who are admitted in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. We also have relationships with attorneys elsewhere in the U.S.
But basically, I am just a woman on a mission to help people become parents. While I may have a whacko reproductive system . . . I am one very blessed woman. Indeed, my own infertility is what brings me to you and without it . . . I would not be the person I am today with the wonderful richness brought from parenting two amazing children and helping and watching others experience the same. Like I said . . . BLESSED.
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Filed under: Questions about the Office
March 19, 2007 | By: Liz
I was just thinking about the symmetry of the title of the StorkLawyer Blogging to Build Your Family weblog’s first post . . . Hello World indeed! As babies come into this world we often see pictures and announcements that say "hello world" on them . . . that is what we do at StorkLawyer.com and what we will talk about in the posts on this weblog . . . helping people bring babies into the world and into their families. It’s a really cool way to make a living and I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity to participate in such an intimate way in people’s lives. Helping people realize dreams is such an amazing thing to witness. Danielle Bifulci (my associate) and I were talking today about starting a baby wall . . . like in an obstetrician’s office where they have the pictures of all of the babies the doctor has helped bring into the world. Like I said, it’s really cool to know we help grow families.
What do we do you wonder? Well, just about anything you could need if you’re infertile or having trouble having a baby . . . or otherwise interested in adoption . . . from consulting services for infertility treatment to help you figure out the "what next" in your treatment options (intrauterine insemination or IVF?) to helping you with almost any aspect of egg donation, gestational surrogacy, embryo donation to starting an adoption plan (we even help you decide how to adopt if you can’t decide between domestic and international adoption). We do it all. Legal services, personal services . . . just listening.
This weblog will be devoted to talking about decision-making for people trying to have a baby or expand their families using assisted reproductive technologies like egg donation or those interested in adoption. Have a question that someone who has been through infertility and adoption might be able to answer, post it here. Need to vent about your doctor or how hard and expensive this stuff all, start a topic. Need answers about what your egg donation or gestational surrogcay agency is telling you and want to know the insider’s perspective (without trying to get your business — I promise), post it here or see our “Insider’s Advice”.
If you want to know more about our office click here StorkLawyer Website
And thank you for your patience as we get up and running!
Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq.
Filed under: Thinking Out Loud