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

Judith Hoechst, surrogacy lawyer and addoption attorney

Judith Hoechst, Esq.

Attorney, Assisted Reproduction and Family Formation Law

With her law office in the Denver area, Judith has focused her legal practice on 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 and the Cleveland Clinic. She continued to work four days a month in a Level IV NICU while maintaining a busy law practice until March, 2018.  Caring for babies, children, and their parents has always been a part of Judith’s life. Her past legal practice areas for many years included medical negligence (plaintiff as well as defense), 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. After the complicated surgical delivery of her newborn daughter resulted in severe uterine damage, Judith sought the assistance of a gestational surrogate to carry her second child. Finding it to be an amazing and intimate journey to growing her family, Judith thereafter changed the focus of her law practice to assisted reproduction law. With empathy and insight into  what those struggling with fertility and family formation are facing, she feels passionate and joyful about supporting her clients. Judith has represented hundreds of domestic and international clients in third party reproduction arrangements including surrogacy arrangements and gamete donation.

A proud native of Buffalo, N.Y., Judith and her husband have lived in various parts of the country. They waited a long time to have their two beautiful children and they enjoy experiencing all of the wonders of being a family. Judith has been admitted by examination to the State Bars of Ohio, New Mexico and Colorado. She is proud to be a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys. She is the Continuing Legal Education Liaison for the American Bar Association’s ART Committee and is a Region VI Family Law Section Council member. She is secretary of 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.

My favorite part is my relationships with my clients.