Judith Hoechst is a reproductive lawyer, former pediatric and neonatal ICU nurse, owner of a reproductive law firm and Intended Parent via surrogacy.

Judith Hoechst, surrogacy lawyer and addoption attorney

Judith Hoechst, Esq.

Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy & Family Formation Attorney

With her law office in the Denver metro area, Judith has been the owner of a legal practice dedicated to Assisted Reproductive Technology law and the complex issues related to this area of family formation since 2010. Prior to and while attending law school Judith worked as a pediatric intensive care nurse, a Level III-IV neonatal intensive care nurse, and a pediatric oncology nurse at various children’s hospitals.

Throughout her legal career and until March of 2018 she worked four days a month in a Level IV NICU while maintaining a busy law practice. Caring for babies, children and their parents has always been the primary focus of Judith’s dual professional careers. Prior to opening a law practice exclusively dedicated to reproductive law, Judith’s legal career was dedicated to  medical negligence, personal injury, and massive tort litigation (asbestos products, breast implants, medical products) .

Judith’s interest in Assisted Reproductive Technology law began while taking a biomedical ethics class in law school. Years later, the complicated surgical delivery of her first child resulted in  her need of the assistance of a gestational surrogate to carry her second child. This powerfully satisfying and intimate journey to growing her family led Judith to change the focus of her law practice to assisted reproduction law.

With empathy and insight into what others struggling with fertility and family formation are facing balanced with a deep sense of appreciation for the surrogate who assisted her, Judith is dedicated to supporting her clients with a strong sense of professional and personal perspective. Judith has represented hundreds of domestic and international clients in third party assisted reproduction arrangements including surrogacy arrangements and gamete and embryo donation.

Judith has been admitted by examination to the State Bars of Ohio, New Mexico and Colorado. She is a member of the American Bar Association/Family Law Section/Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Committee she is the Continuing Legal Education Liaison and Senior CLE Producer for the ABA’s ART Committee, and she is a Region VI Family Law Section Council member by appointment. Judith is also proud to be a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction AttorneysShe is secretary by appointment to ASRM’s Legal Professional Group and is a member of RESOLVE, SEEDS, Path2Parenthood, Men Having Babies, the Colorado Bar Association, and, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Judith and her husband have lived in various parts of the country. They share two beautiful children, numerous pets, a love of travel, camping and sports, but they mostly enjoy the simple wonders of being a family.