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Jennifer S Fairfax

Adoption Attorney at Silver Spring, MD

4.9   54 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    80%
    Jennifer is an adoption and ART attorney representing all family types in their desire to build their family through adoption, gestational surrogacy or the use of donors. Stop worrying, let her help you today at 301.679.3812 and start your family.

    26 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Family
    20%
    ART - Surrogacy and Donor Agreements. LGBT friendly! Jennifer has been a premier adoption and ART attorney in VA, DC, and MD since 1999. Let her help you achieve the family you want--it's her life work. Call now.

    26 years, 500 cases

Initial comprehensive consults regarding your adoption, surrogacy or donor matter usually last for one hour.  Jennifer has extensive experience in interstate and intrastate adoptions working with agencies and private/independent placements as well as relative, step-parent and second parent adoptions.  Her adoption experience is matched by her ART experience in helping families grow or build through the use of sperm donors, egg donors and embryo donors and with surrogates or gestational carriers.  She works with all clients regardless of their gender identity, marital status or sexual orientation in the areas of adoption and surrogacy inlcuding known and anonymous donor contracts.  She has expereince in both domestic private and agency adoptions as well as knowledge and understanding of international adoption issues.  She has represented intended parents and donors and surrogates (gestational carriers) in surrogacy matters.  Jennifer and her team work directly with clients from intake until resolution of their case.  Jennifer brings her experience from working in prestigous family law firms handling family buidling as well as complex family law cases to the table.  She has over two decades of experience and offers personal and compassionate legal services.   

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Licensed for 24 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2014
Updated 01/21/2015
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 03/10/2014

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Family Formation Law Office
827 Woodside Parkway
Silver Spring, MD, 20910
Jennifer Fairfax, LLC
827 Woodside Parkway
Silver Spring, MD, 20910
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Alya | October 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
Jennifer Fairfax and Catelyn Slattery Are the best family lawyers they help me in every step of the way ... if anyone is out there to get a lawyer she is the right one and the best one .. love you both Jennifer Fairfax and Catelyn Slattery
Posted by sarah | June 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
My husband used Jennifer for a gestational carrier in VA while we live in NJ. I am so glad we used her! She will go the extra mile for you, is always reachable and is willing to hold your hand through difficult processes. Fairly priced and does not nickle and dime you when you continue to ask a million questions. Understanding, knowledgeable, reliable and friendly. You can't go wrong with her and her team.
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Posted by Monica | February 19, 2021
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Excellent lawyer!
Our family had a highly usual situation with little to no precedent. Ms. Fairfax and her team thoroughly explained all our options, charged a very fair price, and advised us on a successful strategy that allowed us to get our adoptions finalized. We are thrilled with the result and very grateful for Ms. Fairfax and her team's dedication and professionalism!
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Posted by Cody | September 4, 2020
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Great Service
Jennifer was super responsive, friendly, and knowledgeable. She made something that was completely foreign to me, very easy to understand. She is definitely great at her job.
Posted by Leslie | August 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
Working with Jennifer has been amazing! She has been so helpful and caring! She is very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to ensure I had all my questions answered and documents I needed. She made the whole process seamless and continues to check in and ensure everything is going smoothly. Highly recommended!
Posted by Dennis | August 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer for surrogacy and adoption in DC, MD, and VA!
We hired Jennifer and team to represent us as Intended Parents (IPs) in a Gestational Surrogacy agreement. Jennifer came highly recommended in the Facebook groups related to surrogacy, and we are so glad that we went with the recommendation. We found Jennifer to be extremely knowledgeable, supportive, and easy to work with. Her expertise and experience came through in her interactions with us and in the quality of service delivered. What sets her apart from her competition is her ability to deliver quickly, yet with precision. We would highly recommend Jennifer to anyone looking for an attorney to represent them in a surrogacy or adoption related matter in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington D.C.!
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Posted by Jen | August 8, 2020
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Surrogacy Help
I contacted Jennifer Fairfax to help me with my side (Gestational Surrogate) of the surrogacy contract. She was thorough, professional and friendly. Beyond that though I felt she genuinely had my best interests at heart. She wanted to hear about my and my husbands lifestyle and so she could better understand our needs. She gave us her time and experience, but also her personal touch and caring. I wouldn't hesitate to contact Jennifer in the future if I had any need at all.
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Posted by Leslie | August 8, 2020
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Best surrogacy lawyer
Jennifer has been my lawyer for 2 surrogacy journeys now!! She is the best and I would highly recommend her to any other surrogate looking for a lawyer that is going to look out for you! She had mine and my families best interest at heart and has been so easy to work with!!
Posted by Kelly | August 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable about surrogacy!
I used Jennifer for my surrogacy contract. She was very helpful and knowledgeable about surrogacy. The process was quick and easy with her. I would definitely use Jennifer again!
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
So glad we chose Jennifer!
Jennifer and Catelyn were both so great to work with. Our adoption finalization went smoothly without any problems. Catelyn even pushed to get our court date scheduled before the end of the calendar year so we could take advantage of the adoption tax credit. Jennifer was very helpful when we encountered some trouble with adding our son to our health insurance. So glad we chose them!
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Posted by Adam and Tyler | June 5, 2019
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The Architect of our Modern Family
4,000 characters cannot scratch the surface of the impact that Jennifer Fairfax has had on our lives. My husband and I have been blessed with two beautiful children, whom we love more than life itself, and that would not have happened without Jennifer. We first approached her about adopting in 2015, and she has been with us every step of the way since. Adopting, especially for same-sex couples, is a difficult, long, and emotional process. Jennifer prepared us for each step with direct, expert, and compassionate counsel. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of the adoption laws of all 50 states, especially as concerns issues facing a same-sex couples, and she anticipates issues that despite our diligence, we would had never imagined. Beyond her professional excellence, Jennifer brings a clear and caring approach to her work that includes counseling about what to expect upon meeting birth parents for the first time, interacting at the hospital before placement, and managing relationships with birth families, adoption agencies, social workers, and government entities, all of which play important roles in the adoption process. Few lawyers (myself included) have done the good that Jennifer has with her career. We could not more highly recommend her and her practice to anyone interested in building a family!
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Jennifer was fantastic!
Jennifer was great. She was prompt with her communication and I truly felt like she had my best interest in mind for the duration of our relationship.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, efficient and extremely intelligent
Jennifer and her team were extremely knowledgeable in our situation. Everyone in her team was courteous and kept me up to date as to what was going on with my case, as well as what the next steps were going to be. It was a seamless process especially since I had the notion going in that this adoption would take a long time. Their team is a well oiled machine and I highly recommend them to anyone in the future, especially to the LGBT community.
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Posted by Elizabeth | October 17, 2018
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Jennifer was a great lawyer for our family
We used Jennifer for our adoption this year and found her to be invaluable in our search for an agency. She helped us narrow down our search based on our particular circumstances, which saved us hours of time and anxiety. She was supportive, helped us solve a few problems along the way and was a good steward of our funds. I'd recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Great partnership
Jennifer was an amazing partner during my adoption. She answered all of my questions quickly and was extremely knowledgeable regarding the adoption process and all legal aspects. She also helped me AFTER the adoption even though she was not obligated! I would definitely recommend working with her for any of your adoption needs!
Posted by Ryan | October 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Well respected in her field
We consulted with Jennifer on our path to parenthood and she was a great early resource of information as we were getting our arms wrapped around the process. We hired her to help with the local aspects of our journey, but ultimately needed her to refer us to attorneys in two other jurisdictions. Based on our work with those attorneys, it was clear that Jennifer was well-known and respected in the field. When we hit hiccups in the process in other jurisdictions, we relied on Jennifer as a sounding board to help us think through the process and our options, and relied upon her sage advice. In telling our family story to friends and colleagues in DC, I have run across other families who worked with her, and have yet to run into anyone who doesn't love her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2017
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Adoption of stepsons
Jennifer Fairfax and Catelyn Slattery in the same office handled the adoption of my two stepsons in Maryland. Their experience and expertise in this domain, their care for their clients and responsiveness made this an efficient, smooth and painless process, and we owe them our gratitude for assisting us in making our family whole. I unequivocally recommend their services.
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Posted by Carrie | December 10, 2016
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highly recommend!
Jennifer and Catelyn are both fantastic! Very knowledgeable, thorough, and responsive when we had questions. We will be using them again for the next adoption!
Posted by Maury | May 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional and promt
Jennifer Fairfax was very thorough and prompt with her communications, both email and phone. She made sure that I understood everything in my contract and took the time to answer any questions that I had.
Posted by Stephanie | April 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Warm, Professional, and a Pleasure to Work With...
My wife and I worked with Jennifer Fairfax in 2012-2013. We relocated from Florida to complete our second/step parent adoption process. Married in 2010, but not yet considered legally married nation-wide, we knew a legal adoption was necessary to protect our family. Jennifer was great to work with in person, and electronically. Contract drafts back and forth via email, always a prompt response to our questions, a true delight and attention to detail ... always. We are now expecting baby 2 and would whole-heartedly recommend Jennifer Fairfax to anyone who has questions or is looking to protect their family via legal parentage.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Jennifer Fairfax, LLC, Family Formation Law Offices
  • 2010 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Michele Zavos Law Group
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Senior Counsel
  • Strickler, Sachitano & Hatfield
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Pasternak & Fidis, P.C.
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Law Clerk
  • Circuit Court for Frederick County
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Liberty
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1993
  • Liberty
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1993
  • Mediation Matters
  • Mediation Certificate
  • N/A
  • Collaborative Professionals
  • Certificate
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Janice M. v. Margaret K.
  • De Facto parents are not recognized in Maryland.

Associations

  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Center for Adoption Support and Education
  • Chair of the Board
  • 2011 - Present
  • Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Genetics and Reproductive Health Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Technology
  • Fellow - Founding
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Adoption Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Fertility Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Families for Private Adoption
  • Professional Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • LGBT Bar Association of Maryland
  • Chair, Judicial Selections Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2007 - Present
  • RESOLVE
  • Professional Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Frederick County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Bar Leader
  • Montgomery County Bar Foundation
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Legal Excellence
  • Maryland Bar Foundation
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Frederick County Bar Newsletter
  • Maryland Adoption and Living Expenses
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Rainbow Families
  • Adoption for LGBTQ Families
  • 2018
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Adoption and ART for LGBTQ Families
  • 2018
  • District of Columbia Bar Foundation
  • Adoption Around the Beltway
  • 2018
  • Judicial Institute
  • Adoption and ART
  • 2017
  • CLE
  • Parentage
  • 2012
  • Legal Resources for LGBT Families
  • LGBT Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Technology
  • 2011
  • Adoption in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
  • Adotpion Law Practice
  • 2011
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Adoption Law
  • 2011
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Adoption and ART Law for LGBT Families
  • 2011
  • Villanova Law School
  • Practical Aspects of Adoption
  • 2011
  • D.C. Bar CLE
  • Adoption Law
  • 2011
  • University of Maryland Law School
  • Adoption and ART Law
  • 2011
  • ABA Family Law Conference
  • Assisted Reproduction Technology and Adoption
  • 2010
  • RFDC Conference
  • Collaborative Law
  • 2010
  • MICPEL
  • Adoption and Defacto Parents
  • 2009
  • East meets West Conference
  • Adoption
  • 2009
  • National Business Institute
  • Adoption
  • 2008
  • Montgomery County Bar Foundation
  • Adoption and Surrogacy
  • 2008
  • RESOLVE
  • Adoption Options
  • 2008
  • Whitman Walker Clinic
  • LGBT Adoption and Dissolution
  • 2008
  • G.L.O.B.E. Federal Employees
  • Adoptions for LGBT Families
  • 2008
  • MICPEL
  • Adoption
  • 2007
  • Montgomery County Bar Foundation
  • Surrogacy
  • 2007
  • Local Cable Television
  • Adoption in Maryland
  • 2007
  • Local Cable Television
  • Surrogacy and Donor Agreements in Maryland
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Jennifer
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very capable and compassionate family law attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Adoption Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer Fairfax is well-known for her expertise in adoption and surrogacy. She is professional, knowledgable and has an impeccable reputation. She demonstrates commitment to the best legal and ethical practices. I endorse Attorney Jennifer Fairfax."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Jennifer Fairfax on many cases. Jennifer is an expert in both adoption and collaborative reproduction law. Her vast knowledge and experience is matched by her hard work and dedication to her clients. Jennifer holds the highest ethical standards and is dedicated to, not only her own skills as an attorney, but to the betterment of the adoption and ART legal field. Jennifer's approachable style and respect for all parties makes working with her a true pleasure."
Adoption Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jennifer Fairfax is an exceptional attorney whose reputation as a leader in the field of adoption and ART is well deserved. I have referred both clients and friends to Jennifer knowing that she and her team will provide the highest level of legal service."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Jennifer. A Trustee of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, her professionalism and knowledge in the field of adoption law are exceptional. Robin Fleischner Attorney at Law www.adoptsurrogatelaw.com"
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer as an Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorney. I have seen her work and know that she is competent in all that she does!"
Adoption Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jennifer is caring attorney and powerful advocate for her clients. She knows the law and works creatively to craft solutions that address her client's interests and goals. I have made referrals to Jennifer, because I trust her skills, and I am very pleased to endorse her."
Adoption Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Other
"Jennifer and I worked together for about 5 years at the same law firm in Maryland. She is the ultimate professional - compassionate, dedicated, knowledgable, and a wonderful advocate for her clients. Her depth of knowledge of the law often gives her the flexibility to create practical solutions when difficult situations arise."
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