The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc

Andrew Vorzimer, Attorney

Mr. Vorzimer is admitted to the State Bar of California; United States District Court, Central, Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of California; and the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Vorzimer attended Harvard University; University of Miami (B.B.A.); and Whittier College School of Law (J.D. Magna Cum Laude). While at Whittier College School of Law, he was the recipient of American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts, Criminal Law, Legal Process, Constitutional Law, Unfair Trade Practices and Remedies. He was also the recipient of the Corpus Juris Secundum Award and was an Externalized Member of Whittier Moot Court Honors Board where he was awarded Best Oral Advocate & Best Team. Mr. Vorzimer also was the Executive Editor of the Whittier Law Review. In addition, he was a Teaching Assistant at the Whittier College School of Law.

Mr. Vorzimer serves as a Moot Court Judge for the Whittier College School of Law, UCLA, Traynor and American Trial Lawyers' Competitions. He also serves on James Publishing's Editorial Advisory Board for California Causes of Action. Further, Mr. Vorzimer is the Legal Moderator for the International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID).

Publications: Contributing Author: Consents and Contracts, "Principles of Oocyte and Embryo Donation"; Insurance Handbook for Business Litigators; CEB Civil Procedure Before Trial; and California Points and Authorities. Articles authored by Mr. Vorzimer include: "Parenthood" in California: Today's Surrogacy and Egg Donor Contracts; Buzzanca v. Buzzanca: Charting A New Destiny; Artificial Insemination - an Untraditional Approach; Guide to Infertility Options Through Assisted Reproductive Technologies; What to Look for in an Egg Donor Program; Professional Liability: Lawsuits have Physicians, Counselors and Agencies on the Defensive; Recent Court Ruling Complicates Arrangements Using Donor Oocytes; Jaycee B. Revisited: A Different Perspective; Workplace Environment: Sexual Harassment; Business & Professions Code Section 17200: California's Unfair Competition Law - Parts I & II; Sexual Harassment: Increase in Claims Strikes Fear in Employers; and Hostile Work Environment Claims Have Employers On the Defensive.

Notable Cases: David Copperfield v. Butterfield & Butterfield; Elizabeth Taylor v. The National Enquirer; Estate of Howard Hughes v. Summa Corporation; State of California v. FGS; David Copperfield v. Paris Match; McMartin/Buckey Preschool civil litigation; and the professional liability portion of the Twilight Zone case.

Reported Cases: North River Insurance Co. v. American Home Assurance Co., 210 Cal. App. 3d 108 (1989).

Memberships: He is a member of the State Bar of California; American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM); RESOLVE; The Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Professionals (Director; Advisory Board Member); Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy (OPTS); The National Association of Surrogate Mothers; Beverly Hills (Entertainment Section), Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations; and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Practice Areas: Mr. Vorzimer's customary fields of practice include reproductive law, complex business litigation and entertainment law.

Firm Profile:

Handling in excess of 400 surrogacy and egg donation arrangements each year, our attorneys are uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive legal and counseling services to couples utilizing assisted reproduction. We have represented more than a thousand couples from more than thirty-three countries throughout the world who have used surrogacy and/or egg donation to experience the joys of parenthood. With ten full-time attorneys, each client is ensured of receiving personalized attention, support and counseling.

The Gestational Surrogacy (In Vitro Fertilization) contract we prepare for our clients is the very same contract considered and validated by the California Supreme Court in the landmark Johnson v. Calvert case. Notably, we have never had a surrogate working with one of our clients change her mind.

Our attorneys travel throughout the world lecturing on assisted reproduction and frequently appear in the international press addressing issues relating to surrogacy and egg donation. We have also authored numerous articles on third party reproduction, copies of which are available upon request.

Some of the services we provide to assist our clients include: counseling couples, surrogates and egg/embryo donors on the state of the law with respect to the different reproduction methods available; drafting of contract(s) between the couple and their surrogate and/or egg donor; and assisting couples in finalizing their parental rights. As part of legal counseling and contract drafting, we address, among others, the following issues:

Establishing the intent of the parties as to parental rights
Identifying the parties' financial responsibility
Establishing the procedures by which the parental rights of the couple will be finalized
Ensuring that all parties have been informed of the ramifications of their conduct
Requiring social disease testing, including HIV/AIDS, is conducted on all parties
Providing that the surrogate/donor be medically examined and declared suitable
Discussing the current status of the law and the attendant risks

 

Vorzimer, Garber, Masserman & Ecoff
A Professional Corporation
8383 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 750
Beverly Hills, California 90211
Telephone: (323) 782-1400
Facsimile: (323) 782-1850

http://www.vgme.com

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