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Brian K. Esser

Adoption Attorney at Brooklyn, NY

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 17 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 21 years
    Illinois - IL 22 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2006
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2002
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2001
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Brian

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Brian Esser is a solo practitioner whose practice focuses on building families through adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology, and protecting families through proper estate planning.  He regularly works with clients pursuing private placement adoption, as well as families securing the parental rights of a non-biological parent through a second-parent adoption.  He also counsels families on sperm donor agreements, and other aspects of assisted reproductive technology.  He has a particular interest in helping LGBT people build their families, and also the citizenship implications for Americans who build their families abroad using assisted reproduction. 


Brian started his career at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC before moving to Baker & Hostetler’s New York office.  He has had the pleasure of working with industry leaders such as Visa, Philip Morris, and Bank of New York Mellon, as well as representing Irving Picard, the trustee in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.  He sits on the board of directors of the National LGBT Bar Foundation, and is a member of the ABA’s Family Law Section Committees on Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology.  He has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and one of the Top LGBT Lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.  He and his husband Kevin live in Brooklyn and have two sons through open adoption. 


Law Office of Brian Esser
540 President Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11215


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Posted by Josh | November 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal guidance and superior communication
Brian was immensely helpful handling complex aspects of our family's legal needs. He was proactive, and went above and beyond with perfect balance of professionalism and personal care. Fees were fair and transparent, and his expertise in this area of the law are superb. We would definitely retain him again!
Posted by Chris | July 16, 2014
Superhero Lawyer!
Creating a gay family has enough struggles - and until we found Brian, sperm donor contracts and all of the confusion surrounding what we needed to assure custodial rights was certainly one of those struggles! But once Brian was helping us out, the clouds parted and he expertly guided us in creating the contracts we needed - that were not only legally precise but also reflected our unique family arrangement and ideals. Brian was thorough, kind, clear and communicative. If you need a family lawyer, you can not find a better one than Brian. We are forever grateful for his guidance during this stressful - but joyful - time in our lives. He made us feel safe and secure with his expert legal guidance, and even went above and beyond what we asked of him to make sure we were super protected from every angle. I don't think Brian wears a superhero cape, but he should - he is truly amazing.
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Work Experience

  • Association
  • Baker & Hostetler
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Arnold & Porter, LLP
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Law clerk
  • Superior Court Of The District Of Columbia
  • 2000 - 2001


  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Northwestern University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Secretary of the National LGBT Bar Foundation
  • 2013 - Present
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of the Bar of New York City
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40
  • National LGBT Bar
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • LGBT Family Building Expo
  • Analyzing Adoption
  • 2014
  • LGBT Family Building Expo
  • Alternative Insemination Option
  • 2014
  • Computer and Cyberspace Law Seminar
  • iDetective: Tracking Digital Footprints in the Litigation of Tomorrow
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is an amazing advocate for families growing through medical intervention and adoption. He is thoughtful and responsive to client issues. For other attorneys, he is a delight to work with as opposing counsel due to his understanding of the personal nature of the action. I am thrilled to endorse Brian to prospective clients."
Adoption Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a valuable colleague with a great personality that no doubt wins over his clients. He is my go-to person for a variety of legal issues, and I'm grateful to know him."
Estate planning
Estate planning
Brooklyn Adoption Lawyer Brian K. Esser
Brian K. Esser
Adoption Attorney
Brooklyn, NY
Licensed for 22 years