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Richard B. Vaughn, Esq.

RICHARD B. VAUGHN, ESQ.

FOUNDER, INTERNATIONAL FERTILITY LAW GROUP

辅助生殖法律师Rich Vaughn 基于对帮助他人创建家庭的热情,及20多年商业和技术法的经验,创建了国际辅助生殖法律集团(IFLG)。如今,IFLG已成为享誉全球的,专注于辅助生殖法领域的律所。

90 年代初Rich Vaughn 在芝加哥Loyola 大学法律学院首次接触辅助生殖及生育法。1993 年起,Rich 开始给芝加哥和洛杉矶的个人、公司和政府提供诉讼、合同、科技、市场和公司法等法律服务。在他本人通过卵子捐赠及代孕的流程成为父亲后,Rich发现了自己对于辅助生殖法律的热情,随后成立了IFLG这一专注于辅助生殖法律领域的律所。从那时起,他便有机会开始帮助来自全球各国的准父母们,通过辅助生殖来形成他们的家庭。

在忙碌的法律业务之外,Rich通过大量的义务工作时间来发展和普及辅助生殖法律,并且是LGBT准父母及家庭的积极倡导者。他的义务工作内容包括:作为美国律师协会--辅助生殖技术分会的主席。他还是Path2Parenthood(官方名称为美国辅助生殖法协会)的全国董事会成员,并且是加州律师协会及家庭法分会、美国生殖医疗协会法律组、全国LGBT 律师协会的活跃成员。他在多份专业杂志上发表过文章,包括美国律师协会高新技术律师特刊,他也在这份杂志上任职专题编辑;还包括美国家庭法日报及澳洲家庭法日报;他也在美国多个法律及家庭构建会议上出席发言,这其中包括耶鲁大学法学院及加州西部法学院的课题会议;他还在数个新闻报道中被作为辅助生殖法专家进行采访和引言,其中包括美国有线电视新闻、美国国家广播电台(Diane Rehm有约),父母杂志在线及其他播音节目。

工作之余,Rich作为“家庭平等委员会”的成员,是一位LGBT 平权及同志父母权利的倡导者。此外,他也在医疗及健康保健领域提供义工服务。他还是一位资深的健身教练、铁人三项运动员、前急救员,并且是一个医疗器械公司的董事会成员。2008年,Rich和他的配偶,Tommy Woelfel在加州完婚,并且通过卵子捐赠及代孕,成为一对双胞胎男孩Aiden 及Austin的骄傲的父亲。

Peiya Wang
PEIYA WANG(王培娅)
Paralegal (律师助理)

Peiya Wang joined IFLG as a paralegal in 2015, where she manages surrogacy, egg donation and parental establishment cases and provides translation services for many of IFLG’s international clients. Peiya received her bachelor’s degree from Beijing Technologies and Business University, where she majored in Marketing. She moved to the United States in 2012 to attend Northeast University in Boston, Massachusetts, receiving a Master of Science degree in Global Studies and International Affairs in 2014. Peiya moved to Los Angeles in 2015 and received her paralegal certification from UCLA Extension. When away from the office, Peiya is a dragon boat paddler and a ballroom dancer, where she favors Rumbas and Cha-chas. She is fluent in Mandarin and English.

Luis Sosa
LUIS SOSA
Paralegal

Luis R. Sosa joined IFLG as a paralegal in 2016, where he enjoys pursuing his passion for family and reproductive law. While working toward his bachelor’s degree at Florida International University, Luis worked as a paralegal and legal assistant for family law litigation firms in Miami and Washington, D.C. As a paralegal and case manager for IFLG, Luis, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, manages surrogacy, egg donation and other reproductive law cases. In addition to spending time with husband Randy and dog Marty, Luis enjoys being outdoors and appreciating the arts.

Toni Hughes
TONI HUGES
Paralegal

After receiving her B.S. in Business Management, Toni joined IFLG to pursue her dream of working in the legal field. As a Paralegal with over 10 years of experience in the assisted reproduction technology field, Toni is our Managing Paralegal, responsible for training and managing our paralegal staff. From drafting legal documents to assisting our clients with post-birth matters, Toni embraces the challenge of learning something new in this field each day. Besides spending time with her son, Jordan, Toni enjoys exploring new things, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and serving as a Youth Advisor for “Next Generation.”

Miesha Cowart
MIESHA COWART
Financial Coordinator

Miesha Cowart joined IFLG as a financial specialist in 2014 following a successful career in development and business finance. Miesha previously worked for 10 years in the construction industry as a controller and for 13 years as Development Coordinator for the non-profit U.S. Fund for UNICEF. In her free time, Miesha works with “Next Generation” at her church. “They are my heartbeats!” she says of the youth in her community.

Kim
KIM DEVEREAUX
Paralegal

Kim has over 25 years of experience in the legal field and has worked exclusively in surrogacy and assisted reproduction law since 1999. Kim is a senior case manager of surrogacy and egg donation cases, and is also responsible for managing parental establishment cases and interacting with IFLG’s Of Counsel attorneys across the country. With three children of her own, Kim understands the importance of family and finds working in this area of law a rewarding experience.

Rich Vaughn
RICHARD B. VAUGHN
Founder

Attorney Rich Vaughn combined his personal passion as a father of twin boys born via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with more than 20 years of experience in business and technology law to build International Fertility Law Group. Today IFLG is one of the most successful and best-known law firms in the world focused exclusively on fertility law, helping thousands of intended parents through empathetic listening, thoughtful and compassionate guidance, and unmatched legal expertise. As an advocate for reproductive freedom, Rich also contributes his knowledge and time to improving the understanding and practice of ART law. He is immediate past chair of the American Bar Association ART Committee, which develops model legislation governing assisted reproductive services, and is a popular presenter to law students, faculty and advocacy organizations all over the world.

Elizabeth Tamayo
ELIZABETH TAMAYO
Paralegal

Elizabeth received her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University of Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating, she continued her education at the University of California, Los Angeles where she obtained her Paralegal certificate. Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish and has been in the legal field since 2009. She is excited to be a part of the IFLG Team helping families realize their dreams.

Tania Steele
TANIA STEELE
Legal Assistant

Tania Steele joined IFLG as a legal assistant in early 2016 and has since been immersed in the complexities of assisted reproductive technology law. Tania received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Chapman University in Orange, California, and a graduate degree from University of Leicester in England, where she pursued an interest in art. In 2013, she accepted a volunteer position at Legal Aid Society of Orange County, where she helped with the intake of new clients and was inspired to obtain a paralegal certificate from Fullerton College. As an undergraduate, Tania lived in Italy and studied the Italian language. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian and enjoys assisting as a translator for many of IFLG’s international clients. Outside of the office, Tania enjoys concerts, films, reading and travel.

Linda Garrett
LINDA GARRETT
Legal Assistant

Linda Garrett graduated in 2010 from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a major in Sociology. Shortly after, she enrolled in a paralegal course at West Los Angeles College, where she fell in love with the field. In 2017, she earned her paralegal degree and joined International Fertility Law Group as a Legal Assistant. In her free time, Linda enjoys outdoor adventures and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Sunny Chien
SUNNY CHIEN
Paralegal

Sunny joined IFLG as a paralegal in 2017, where she manages surrogacy, egg donation and parental establishment cases for many of IFLG’s international clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from California State University of Los Angeles, where she graduated cum laude. Sunny is bilingual in English and Mandarin and has extensive experience as a legal assistant and paralegal at Los Angeles-area law firms. She is excited to be part of the IFLG team. In her spare time, Sunny enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, going to the beach, cooking, and being outdoors.