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All Partners at Weltman Law Group and Circle Surrogacy Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine©

Named Super Lawyer and Rising Stars for Work in Reproductive Law

Boston, MA: All three partners of the Weltman Law Group, John Weltman, Scott Buckley, and Dean Hutchinson, were recognized by their peers as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, comprised of the top 5% of lawyers in Massachusetts, for their outstanding achievements in the practice of reproductive law in Massachusetts. This is a repeat designation for each of the lawyers involved. Mr. Weltman, the firm’s managing partner, has received the Super Lawyer distinction for the second consecutive year, while Hutchinson and Buckley have been recognized as Rising Stars for their fifth and sixth years respectively.

John Weltman has focused on reproductive law, including surrogacy and gay parenting for 25 years. In Massachusetts, he was the first to establish the right of couples to receive insurance coverage for gestational surrogacy. “I am extremely proud to have the entire team recognized by Super Lawyers,” said Weltman. “It confirms not just our legal expertise, but the critical importance of reproductive law, as increasing numbers of straight and gay couples opt to have children through surrogacy.” In 1995, Mr. Weltman founded Circle Surrogacy, the world’s largest full-service surrogate parenting agency serving clients worldwide.

Scott Buckley and Dean Hutchinson are both partners at Weltman Law Group. Mr. Buckley, who also serves as Circle Surrogacy’s Director of Operations, has appeared in numerous reproductive law publications and TV programs and has moderated and presented at conferences throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Hutchinson, the Director of Legal Services for Circle Surrogacy, currently serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Assisted Reproduction Technology Committee and is also regularly called upon to speak worldwide for his expertise in US surrogacy law and its impact on international intended parents.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process, which results in a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines.

About Weltman Law Group: The Weltman Law Group has been on the forefront of reproductive law since its inception. The firm focuses on all aspects of reproductive and surrogacy law, including contracts, percentage rights, and insurance. The firm also oversees all legal processes for Circle Surrogacy, the world’s largest full-service surrogate parenting agency serving clients worldwide



washington post surrogacy

Photo originally appeared with the Washington Post article, 'With new surrogacy law, Washington, D.C. joins jurisdictions that are making it easier for gay and infertile couples to start families'

Washington, D.C.-based parents Edward Palmieri and Christopher Schriever spoke with Washington Post reporter Michael Alison Chandler about their experience becoming parents to adorable twins (a boy and a girl) three years ago with Circle Surrogacy. The impetus for the article stems from the recent change to the Washington, D.C. law that banned surrogacy contracts for 25 years. In December of 2016, D.C. Council reversed the surrogacy ban and last April it became effective.

While matches here at Circle Surrogacy will continue to be based on the intended parents’ individual needs and preferences, the new law allows us to accept Washington, D.C.-based surrogate applicants into our program. Chandler also spoke with Kelli Rapp, who carried Christopher and Edward’s twins. 

To quote the Washington Post article, “[Kelli] said she was ‘so delighted’ when she had her own son five years ago and that she wanted to help someone else who could not have the same joy.” She said, “It was my way to say ‘Thank you’ for my son.” “Christopher said it was ‘surreal’ to share a pregnancy with someone in another state, but he said they felt very comfortable with her,” Chandler wrote.

We are delighted that Christopher, Edward, and Kelli were able to share their positive experience with the mainstream media. Since we promote the relationship-based model, it was fantastic to see an acknowledgment of the connection Christopher and Edward have with Kelli. Christopher mentioned that Kelli felt like a family member and that they all plan to see each other this summer. It’s great to see progress places like Washington, D.C. reversing their position to help infertile couples and same-sex couples experience the joy of pregnancy and parenthood. [Read the full Washington Post article here.]


Learn more about becoming a parent with Circle Surrogacy here. We offer free consultations. We travel all over the world to meet with intended parents. You can see a full list of our upcoming events here. If we are not visiting your city soon, we also offer Skype consultations. Additionally, we offer regular consultation dates in Boston, New York, and London. 

Learn more about becoming a surrogate. Surrogates are very special women. We have a waiting list of intended parents who want to match with kind and generous women like you. If you have questions about helping an IP complete their dream of becoming a parent, email us at


Circle Surrogacy and Egg Donation founder and president John Weltman contributed to an important piece that appeared in The SciTech Lawyer this past summer. The piece is called, Wishes Granted: The Science Behind HIV Positive Dads and Their HIV Negative Kids.

[Read the full article here.]

The SciTech Lawyer is a quarterly publication for the Science & Technology Law Section of the American Bar Association. Its mission is to provide information about current developments in law, science, medicine, and technology. The Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR), the program that makes HIV-positive parents able to have HIV-negative children, welcomed its first baby in 1999, yet a majority of people have never heard of this technology.

Since the first SPAR baby was born in May 1999, there have been 272 births via SPAR, which involves sperm washing (the same can be done with eggs) for safe IVF transfer. They have had a 100 percent success rate with these procedures. SPAR is becoming more accessible and more affordable, however, opposition to HIV-positive individuals becoming parents via IVF is still an unfortunate reality. Moreover, many men and women with HIV assume becoming a biological parent is not an option. This is why increased awareness is essential. We hope you take a few moments to read Wishes Granted: The Science Behind HIV Positive Dads and Their HIV Negative Kids, and help us spread the word about this miraculous technology that we have seen make dreams come true for several families.

circle surrogacy family with their surrogate

Jakob and Johan, who had their daughter Ellen with us at Circle Surrogacy, are an internet sensation. To capture the pregnancy journey and birth of their daughter, they hired photographer Tammy Schmit (Little Leapling Photography). When the Kansas-based photographer posted their album to her Facebook fan page, the post received 2,600 likes, 777 shares, and 128 comments!

From there, the Huffington Post picked up their story along with the photo series. The post from September 16, 2016 is called These Sweet Birth Photos Show There’s No ‘Right Way’ To Become A Family.

The photos capture a beautiful experience.

Jakob said in the article, “I’ve sort of wanted to become a dad as far back as I can remember, but I almost gave up the dream when I realized that I was gay. Fortunately, I fell in love with Johan who didn’t only share my dream; he was determined to make it come true.”

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the news site Elite Daily released a short documentary on surrogacy, featuring a Circle surrogate and her family, a parent through our program, and Jen Rachman, Circle’s New York area representative.

Circle surrogate Jenna Mancuso and her husband talk about surrogacy as a way to give back, matching with their intended parent, and gaining a long-lasting relationship. Michael Oppedisano, Jenna’s intended father, shares his experience, his desire to build a family, and his views on how surrogacy is changing the modern family.

You can watch the video here.