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Richard B. Vaughn, Esq.

RICHARD B. VAUGHN, ESQ.

FUNDADOR

El abogado Rich Vaughn combinó su pasión personal de la tecnología reproductiva asistida (ART), con más de 20 años de experiencia en ley del negocio y de la tecnología para construir a IFLG. IFLG es uno de los negocios más exitosos y más conocidos del mundo de ART.

Rich Vaughn estudió por primera vez la ley de fertilidad y reproducción en la Universidad Loyola de Chicago a principios de los años noventa. En 1993, Rich comenzó a proporcionar litigios, contratos, tecnología y servicios legales corporativos a clientes individuales en Chicago y Los Angeles. Durante su propia experiencia de convertirse en un padre a través de la donación de óvulos y la subrogación, Rich descubrió una pasión renovada por la ley de fertilidad y lanzó IFLG, que se centra exclusivamente en servicios legales de tecnología de reproducción asistida. Desde entonces ha tenido la oportunidad de ayudar a miles de padres de familia de todo el mundo a crear familias a través de ART.

Además de su concurrida práctica legal, Rich dedica numerosas horas voluntarias para avanzar la ley de ART y es un defensor dedicado de padres y familias LGBT. Su servicio comunitario incluye la presidencia de American Bar Association (ABA) Family Law Section Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology, Path2Parenthood (antes la American Fertility Association) y es un miembro activo de California Bar Association (CBA) and its Family Law Section, el American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Legal Professionals Group, y National LGBT Bar Association. Ha sido publicado en numerosas revistas profesionales, incluido el Abogado SciTech de la American Bar Association, por el que también fungió como editor de ediciones, American Journal of Family Law y Australian Family Law Journal; se ha presentado en numerosas conferencias sobre construcción legal y familiar en torno a los EE. UU., incluida la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Yale y la Escuela de Derecho Occidental de California; y ha sido citado como experto en leyes de fertilidad en numerosos informes, como CNN, National Public Radio (The Diane Rehm Show), Parenting Magazine Live y otros programas de radio.

Lejos de la oficina, Rich es un orgulloso defensor de la igualdad LGBT y la paternidad homosexual y lesbiana como miembro del Consejo de Igualdad Familiar. Ofrece servicios comunitarios en las industrias médicas, de salud y bienestar. También es un experimentado instructor de fitness, triatleta, ex paramédico y miembro del consejo de una compañía de dispositivos médicos. En 2008, Rich y su esposo, Tommy Woelfel, se casaron en California y se convirtieron en orgullosos padres, a través de la donación de óvulos y la subrogación, de los hijos gemelos Aiden y Austin.

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.