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The emerging field of assisted reproductive technology (ART) law finds its root in adoption law and thus was a natural extension of Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC’s practice. ART law includes sperm, egg, and embryo donation, as well as surrogacy and gestational carrier arrangements. Anne Reynolds Copps has practiced in this area of law since its inception and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. Casey Copps DiPaola has been practicing in this area since 2012.

New York currently prohibits surrogacy/gestational carrier agreements for compensation, but does allow compassionate agreements (generally among family members or friends). Other than this prohibition, New York has very little statutory or case law about ART, so it is particularly important that clients work with experienced ART attorneys who understand the intricacies of this area of law and who can best protect the family you are forming.

Anne Reynolds Copps and Casey Copps DiPaola are both licensed in Vermont, where surrogacy for compensation is permitted. This provides our clients with additional options when considering how to create your families through assisted reproductive technology.

Please see Casey Copps DiPaola’s article, “What is ART Law Anyways,” which provides a brief overview of ART.

Casey helped me work through drafting a contract for the process of assisted reproduction with a close friend. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer for this process. She helped me understand all the issues involved – on both a legal and a personal level – and she was extremely knowledgeable about the law as it stands and as it may change in the future.

I was nervous about making sure that we drafted as strong a contract as possible. While she wasn’t afraid to tell me when something I wanted wasn’t possible, her supportive attitude during our conversations helped me feel much more comfortable with the document that we generated over the course of the process, and it ended up containing almost all of what I wanted. In addition, she was not only timely and responsive in our communication, she was also human – and a warm and caring human at that.

It’s clear that this field is important to her and that she’ll do her best for all of her clients. Casey is an excellent choice for anyone seeking legal counsel in this field.


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