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Offit Kurman Adds Adoption Attorney Deborah E. Spivack as Principal
PHILADELPHIA (April 10, 2023) – Offit Kurman announces the addition of Deborah E. Spivack, who joins the firm’s Philadelphia office as a principal, focusing on adoption and assisted reproductive technology law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. She was previously in private practice with the Law Offices of Deborah E. Spivack.
“Adding Debbie to our team further strengthens our commitment to providing both a breadth and depth of exceptional legal services to our clients whether their concerns are deeply personal or professional,” said Tim Lynch, President of Offit Kurman. “Debbie’s compassion and wealth of experience in adoption and reproductive rights services will help ensure that our clients’ adoption journeys are successful and fulfilling experiences.”
Spivack’s practice focuses on the laws governing adoption and family building through assisted reproductive technology. She represents adoptive parents, birth parents, agencies and children in domestic private, agency, stepparent, second parent adoptions and foreign re-adoption cases. She also represents intended parents, gestational carriers and donors in drafting and negotiating contracts to protect their rights, as well as representing them in court parentage actions in both pre-birth and post-birth.
“I am pleased to join the Offit Kurman team. I look forward to continuing to assist my clients in making informed decisions about building their families through adoption, gestational surrogacy and donor arrangements and ensuring they can move forward as a family unit with legal security and permanency,” said Spivack.
Spivack has handled nearly fifteen hundred (1,500) adoptions, many of which have complex legal issues such as interstate placements, adoption subsidy, non-participating or contesting parties, international parties, immigration problems, Indian Child Welfare Act implications, state child protective service involvement, special needs, and older children. Following the passage of the U.S. regulations under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, she also worked with dozens of agencies in helping them achieve Hague accreditation through consultation and production of numerous materials to assist client agencies in updating their policies, procedures and contracts to comply with the Hague regulations.
A dual fellow of the Academy of the Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, Spivack earned her J.D., cum laude, from Widener University School of Law (1993) and her B.S. from Pennsylvania State University (1987).
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