WILL HALM

Will Halm is the Managing Partner of International Reproductive Law Group.  He has specialized in the field of assisted reproductive law for over 20 years. Will is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the father of three children through surrogacy and egg donation.   He has devoted his legal career to surrogacy and egg donation law after practicing business and corporate law with the top U.S. law firms of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Will’s legal work in the field of assisted reproduction has been featured in numerous documentaries, television programs, publications, and books, including 20/20, NBC News, The New York Times, UK Guardian, the Advocate, and others.  Will has set a number of legal precedents in the field of assisted reproduction law, including being granted, in 1998, the first parentage judgment to a same-sex couple in a gestational surrogacy case.  Will is a member of the American Bar Association, Assisted Reproductive Technology Section. 

Law License:

Willard K. Halm, SB# 087555
State Bar of California - Active

Degrees:

Juris Doctor, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Professional Affiliations:

American Bar Association
California Bar Association
Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys                                 Los Angeles County Bar Association
Family Equality Council
AIDS Project Los Angeles
The LA Gay & Lesbian Center
GLAAD
Phi Beta Kappa

 
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Eliseo Arebalos

With a legal background in real estate development and commercial lending transactions, as well as experience in operations management, Eliseo Arebalos brings with him a diverse skill set, which lends itself well to the quickly changing landscape in this area of law. Eliseo earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Southern California. A Texas native, Eliseo has resided in Los Angeles since 1998.

Eliseo is an active supporter of Equality California, Para Los Niños and Project Angel Food.

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katie deaquino

Katie Deaquino is a certified Paralegal and has dedicated over 10 years to the areas of surrogacy and reproductive law. She received her Paralegal Certificate from Coastline Community College and has worked with some of the top law firms in the assisted reproduction community. With IRLG, Katie manages Surrogacy, Egg Donation, Parental Establishment and Adoption cases. Katie truly enjoys helping others build their families through assisted reproduction and is thankful she has had the rewarding experience of assisting IRLG clients. Katie often spends her free time with her Husband, her bulldog “Bella”, and her family and friends.

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Catherine McGowan

Catherine B. McGowan is licensed to practice law in California and Germany. She also holds a French Maîtrise in Legal and Economic Sciences. Her background is in international business counseling.  Prior to joining IRLG, she worked with the law office Fredricks & von der Horst in Los Angeles, where she helped European clients enter the US market and coordinated cross-border probate and estate matters. With Deloitte & Touche in Germany, she guided her clients from Asia, Europe and the US through fiscal audits and VAT matters.

Catherine grew up bilingual French and German. She entered a bi-national study program of German and French Law with venues in both Germany and France.  She further earned a Master’s Degree in German and Foreign Law by writing a comparative thesis on legal child protection in Germany and France.  Catherine gained her first professional experiences, among others, with the French Chamber of Commerce in China and the German Embassy in Uruguay. She is fluent in German, French, English and Spanish.

Law License:

Catherine B. McGowan, SB#312240

State Bar of California – Active

German Bar – Active

Degrees:

Juris Doctor, University of Mainz, Germany

Master’s Degree in German and Foreign Law, University of Mainz, Germany

Maîtrise in Legal and Economic Sciences, University of Nantes, France

Professional Affiliations:

American Bar Association

California Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors, Friends of Goethe, Los Angeles, California

Certified Translator (English-German), German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce

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Rachael bailey

Rachael Bailey is a California licensed attorney with a strong background in family law.  As a San Diego native, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration from San Diego State University and Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law.  In law school, Rachael obtained a Concentration in Child, Family & Elder Law and co-founded the organization, Children’s Advocacy Law Society.   During law school, Rachael served as an Intern for San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, assisting in high conflict child custody, visitation and domestic violence cases.  Before joining our team, Rachael worked for a renowned firm that specializes in family law and also worked for a civil litigation firm.

In her spare time, Rachael enjoys reading and spending time with family, friends and her three dogs.  Having been a Barista for 10 years, she also enjoys crafting and indulging in new coffee beverages.

Law License:

Rachael Bailey, SB# 315604

State Bar of California – Active

Degrees:

Juris Doctor, California Western School of Law

B.A., San Diego State University

Professional Affiliations:

American Bar Association

California Bar Association

Los Angeles Bar Association

San Diego County Bar Association

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tommy pan

Born in Shanghai, China, Tommy Pan moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was 8 years old.  A self-described California native, Tommy received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law.   In law school, Tommy served as a staff editor for the Intellectual Law Bulletin and law student volunteer at the Eviction Defense Collaborative.  During his 2L summer internship with the international firm, DLA Piper Beijing Office, Tommy further explored his interests in Intellectual Property, with a focus in Copyright Law, Trademark Law, and Entertainment Law.

In his free time, Tommy is an active tennis player and sports fan.  Having played tennis in high school and on the collegiate level, Tommy has continued to hone his skills on the United States Tennis Association League level. 

Law License:

Zhen Yang Pan, SB#314714

State Bar of California – Active

Degrees:

Juris Doctor, University of San Francisco

Professional Affiliations:

American Bar Association

California Bar Association