As a law firm, we assist clients with all legal aspects of third-party reproduction, including:
- Known and anonymous egg donor contracts
- Gestational and traditional surrogacy agreements
- Pre-birth orders to establish parental rights for clients working with surrogates
- Step-parent adoptions for clients working with surrogates in states where pre-birth orders are not available
- Co-parent adoptions for same-sex couples
Stephanie M. Caballero, Esq. | Founder and Infertility Warrior
The journey was long, hard, and lonely. While her friends were having baby showers and celebrating their children’s birthdays, Stephanie was sticking herself with needles and subjecting herself to countless ultrasounds, medical procedures, surgeries and doctor’s appointments in hopes that she might one day become a parent.
It took eight years for that hope to turn into reality, with Stephanie undergoing more than 10 artificial insemination procedures in the first two years. The next six years saw Stephanie enduring 13 IVF procedures. Every so often, she would get pregnant and be hopeful that this time it would work. But, it never did. Stephanie had three miscarriages before she finally realized her dream when her children were born via surrogate. She had her children. The wait had been worth it.
As the founder and principal of The Surrogacy Law Center, PLC, Stephanie has represented thousands of clients from all over the world, including intended parents, surrogates and egg, sperm and embryo donors. Stephanie’s expertise in family formation and reproductive law has made her a sought-after expert who has appeared on various television and radio programs as well as in print media including The Today Show, ABC News, HuffPost Live, The Daily Beast, The Bakersfield Californian, Washington Examiner, the Creating a Family radio program, NPR, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, The Union Tribune and the L.A. Daily Journal (and again on March 23rd, 2015). In 2017 Stephanie established The Estate Planning & Legacy Law Center, PLC, a full-service estate planning law firm, further highlighting her commitment to serving families and ensuring their peace of mind.
Stephanie is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, serving on its Ethics Code Review Committee, and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, serving on the Executive Board of its Legal Professional Group. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the San Diego Bar Association and serves on the boards of Fertile Action and Parents Via Egg Donation.
“You can be a parent. It may not happen the way you thought it would, but if you really want to be a mom or a dad, you can.”
Melissa Hong, Esq. | Associate Attorney
Melissa Hong is a California licensed attorney who is passionate about helping intended parents, donors, and surrogates understand their legal rights and responsibilities under their assisted reproduction contracts. She works diligently to ensure that both parties’ intentions are confirmed with the applicable courts by helping obtain a Judgment of Parentage for intended parents.
As a Cambodian-Chinese American, she has been fortunate to work abroad both in Cambodia and in China. Her experiences working in a non-profit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and as an English Teacher in Suzhou, China have allowed her to explore her cultural background, improve her language skills, and gain experience working with diverse groups of people. Her legal experience also includes work in estate planning and business transactions for small businesses. These experiences help shape her practice in assisted preproduction law, where she aims to provide an understanding and informative relationship with her donor, surrogate, and intended parent clients.
Melissa graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, while concurrently completing an MBA program. She received her BA in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She’s proud to be born and raised in the Bay Area, and in her spare time, she enjoys figure skating, yoga, and cheering on the Warriors.
Henry Wang, Esq. | Associate Attorney
Henry is a California licensed attorney who primarily serves clients in the field of assisted reproduction law. Prior to joining The Surrogacy Law Center, he practiced immigration law and business litigation in the Los Angeles area. As a Chinese-American attorney, Henry is bilingual and able to provide consultations to his Chinese clients in Mandarin. Just like his colleagues, he aims to provide the best legal services possible to his clients, and his motto as an attorney has always been “Clients First.”
Henry graduated from Loyola Law School with a concentration on international business law. He completed his BA in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering, bar trivia, and is a frequent participant in obstacle races and half marathons.
Melanie Siebert | Director of Operations, Senior Paralegal
Melanie joined The Surrogacy Law Center in 2013 and has over 12 years of experience as a Certified Paralegal and Human Resources Manager. As the Director of Operations and as Senior Paralegal to Stephanie Caballero, Melanie is involved in all aspects of reproductive law handled by the law center. Melanie takes great pride in her position and works hard to ensure the firm is consistently providing its clients with the highest level of customer service. Melanie is especially honored to work in this area of law in assisting families achieve their dreams of having children.
Melanie and her husband Brad stay on the go by watching their son play high school basketball and watching their daughter dance tap, ballet, jazz and lyrical. Melanie enjoys traveling, yoga, shopping and snuggling with her Yorkie puppy.
Ken Lin | Director of Finance
Ken joined The Surrogacy Law Center in 2018 as Director of Finance and brings to the firm over ten years of work experience at KPMG and other for-profit and non-profit corporations. He has expertise in broad areas of accounting and finance, including financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, internal and external audit, and US and international tax regulation and practice. He is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese.
Ken is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a BA degree in accounting in Taiwan and an MS degree in Finance, with specialization in corporate finance, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In his spare time he enjoys running, swimming, and traveling and he hopes that his work at the firm will help bring the joy of parenthood to a few more loving families.
Kristine Young | Financial Controller
Kristine joined the The Surrogacy Law Center in 2013 as our Financial Controller. Kristine uses her expertise to maintain the attorney-client trust accounts by ensuring the safe-keeping and proper disbursement of funding. In addition to maintaining the trust accounts, she also manages all of the daily financial operations for the business. Kristine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and also a Master’s in Business Administration.
In her spare time, Kristine enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, as well as exploring her passion for travel and photography.
Alex Lanchares | European Case Manager, Senior Paralegal
Alex has been a proud member of The Surrogacy Law Center team since 2014. Alex’s duties as European Case Manager and Senior Paralegal include management of all contracts for European clientele and contract case management for surrogates and egg donors. Alex was born in Spain and moved to the United States at age six. Alex has always had a passion for all things international so he followed that passion by joining his high school’s Model United Nations team, spending his summers abroad, and honing his Spanish at a European Language Academy. Alex received a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After college, Alex continued his education by obtaining his Paralegal Certification from the University of San Diego. In his free time, Alex enjoys jet skiing, moonlit dinners, and spending quality time with his family.
Shay Wu | Chinese Case Manager
Shay joined The Surrogacy Law Center in 2016 as our Chinese Case Manager. Shay is fluent in Mandarin and assists in communication with our growing number of Chinese speaking clientele. Shay was born in Shenyang, China, and moved to the United States when she was 11 years old. Shay received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from University of California, San Diego in 2016. In her spare time, Shay enjoys furthering her knowledge and skills in photography. Known for having a sweet-tooth, her eyes sparkle when she sees desserts.
Abby Helmuth | Parental Establishment Paralegal
Abby joined The Surrogacy Law Center in 2016 as a Parental Establishment Paralegal. Abby approaches each case individually and works closely with our attorneys to ensure all court documents are accurate and filed timely with the courts. Abby takes pride in ensuring each family has a happy legal experience during their journey of creating a family. Abby obtained her Paralegal Certification from the University of San Diego. In Abby’s spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, shopping, and driving along the coast to Newport Beach.
Melody Mak | Parental Establishment Paralegal
Melody joined The Surrogacy Law Center team in 2018 as a Parental Establishment Paralegal. Having a lifelong passion for social justice, Melody is thrilled to be able to be a part of the The Surrogacy Law Center team. Melody primarily works on parental establishment cases ensuring that all parties have a swift and seamless experience building their families. Melody works closely with our attorneys to ensure all necessary legal documentation is prepared for the court processes. Melody graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Social Work and earned her Paralegal Certification from the University of California, San Diego. Outside of the office, Melody enjoys exploring the globe.
Wendy Luk | Legal Administrator
Wendy joined The Surrogacy Law Center team in 2017. She speaks Cantonese and Mandarin and provides administrative support to our entire team in surrogacy and donor cases. Wendy graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BA in International Studies with a focus in Economics. As a San Francisco native, Wendy has had the privilege to explore the city’s diversity and multicultural community.