Andrew W. Vorzimer heads the firm’s Third Party Reproductive Practice. Mr. Vorzimer is a frequent author on subjects including third party reproduction, surrogacy and egg donation. Mr. Vorzimer was the recipient of the “Illumination Award” from the American Fertility Association (AFA) and is recognized worldwide as the foremost expert in the field of Surrogacy, Egg Donation and Reproductive Law. Mr. Vorzimer has also handled numerous high profile litigation cases including: David Copperfield vs. Butterfield & Butterfield; Elizabeth Taylor vs. The National Enquirer; Estate of Howard Hughes vs. Summa Corporation; the professional liability portion of the Twilight Zone case; and has represented the State of California in the People vs. Coastal Insurance lawsuit. Reported Case of note: North River Insurance Company vs. American Home Assurance Company, 210 Cal. App. 3d 108 (1989).
Mr. Vorzimer has been quoted as an expert or appeared in numerous magazines and news shows including 60 Minutes, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Medical News Today, USA Today and MSNBC . Mr. Vorzimer was a Contributing Author to: Consents and Contracts, “Principles of Oocyte and Embryo Donation”; Insurance Handbook for Business Litigators; and CEB Civil Procedure Before Trial,1990. Mr. Vorzimer has authored numerous articles including: What to Look for in an Egg Donation Program; Workplace Environment: Sexual Harassment; Business & Professions Code Section 17200: California’s Unfair Competition Law; Sexual Harassment: Increase in Claims Strikes Fear in Employers; and Hostile Work Environment Claims Have Employers on the Defensive. Mr. Vorzimer and Mr. Masserman were also part of a small group of attorneys who assisted Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes in drafting AB1217 which codified the current best legal practices regarding surrogacy agreements in California, and was added to the California Family Code as Section 7962.
Mr. Vorzimer graduated from Whittier College School of Law, Magna Cum Laude (J.D.) and did his undergraduate studies at Harvard University and University of Miami. Mr. Vorzimer is admitted to the State Bar of California; American Bar Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association; United States District Court, Central, Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of California; the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the State of California. Mr. Vorzimer is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM); Fellow of American Academy of Associated Reproductive Technologies Attorneys (AAARTA); International Federation Of Fertility Societies (IFFS); RESOLVE; World IVF; Board of Directors of Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED); Founding Fellow of the International Surrogacy Forum; National Association of Surrogate Mothers; OPTS; INCIID; and Academy of Associated Reproductive Technologies. Mr. Vorzimer is also a faculty member of IFFS/ASRM and the REI Nursing Congress.
Dean E. Masserman is a highly experienced and respected trial lawyer, who has handled in excess of 40 jury trials and 100 court trials in both federal and state court, and serves as chairperson of the firm’s Family Law Practice, Civil Defense Practice and Complex Litigation Practice. Mr. Masserman began his legal career as a Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender. Since founding VM in 1994, Mr. Masserman has expanded his practice to include all facets of Family Law litigation. Mr. Masserman’s, specialties include third party reproduction litigation, property disputes involving frozen embryos and genetic materials, marital and non-marital transactions, divorce, spousal and child support disputes, restraining orders, and complex criminal and family litigation. In addition, Mr. Masserman has successfully defended clients in matters pertaining to Employment Law, Criminal Defense, Immigration, Construction Defect Law, Unfair Competition, Products Liability Defense, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination Defense, and Entertainment Law. In the area of entertainment, Mr. Masserman has successfully negotiated labor disputes, employment related issues, collective bargaining agreements with IATSE, “pay or play” agreements and option agreements with actors screen writers and their representatives, and distribution agreements, both long and short form, with both mini and major movie studios. Mr. Masserman also frequently works with Mr. Vorzimer in the Third Party Reproduction practice. Mr. Masserman was instrumental in securing the first pre-birth judgment of maternity/paternity in the United States following the landmark decision in Buzzanca v. Buzzanca. He also authored an article regarding recent advances in Pre-implantation Genetic Determination (PGD), and the legal ramifications associated with this procedure, for the Journal of Assisted Reproductive Law. Mr. Masserman and Mr. Vorzimer were also part of a small group of attorneys who assisted Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes in drafting AB1217 which codified the current best legal practices regarding surrogacy agreements in California, and was added to the California Family Code as Section 7962.
Mr. Masserman has made regular media appearances including: The Today Show; CBS Morning News; Good Morning America; CNN with Connie Chung; CNN Tonight; KFI-640am Radio: Regular guest legal analyst; CNBC’s “Rivera Live; CNBC’s “The O.J. Simpson Trial”; and “LA Extra” with Gene Gleeson. He has also appeared as a guest lecturer on Criminal Procedure for the Legal Education Conference Center (LECC), done pro bono work as an attorney volunteer with the Los Angeles Superior Court Domestic Violence Program, and previously served as a Judge Pro Tem for the County of Los Angeles and the City of Culver City.
Mr. Masserman graduated from Southwestern University School of Law (J.D.) and did his undergraduate studies at University of Colorado at Boulder and University of California at San Diego (B.A.). Mr. Masserman is admitted to the State Bar of California; United States District Court, Central, Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of California; the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the State of California. Mr. Masserman has previously represented the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department handling Civil Rights litigation, the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office assisting indigent clients, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – Narcotics Unit as a state certified clerk. In addition to being a licensed attorney, Mr. Masserman is also licensed as a Real Estate Broker by the California Department of Real Estate.
Amani Hassoun graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. As an undergraduate, she performed research at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center in the department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. After college, she was awarded with a Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award from the National Institutes of Health. Such award consisted of a 2-year NIH grant to perform research full time at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Lab of Integrative Neuroscience. During this time, Ms. Hassoun studied fetal alcohol syndrome, particularly the effects of alcohol on neuronal migration within the cerebellum. She has first authored a publication in the Journal of Neuroscience and presented her research as several scientific meetings.
Ms. Hassoun then attended the Rutgers School of Law – Camden and the School of Business – Camden, where she completed a J.D./M.B.A. dual degree program. Ms. Hassoun joined Vorzimer/Masserman as an associate attorney in 2014 and currently, she is a member of the litigation department, as well as the firm’s Assisted Reproduction practice. Ms. Hassoun handles various aspects of family law cases, including divorce, child custody, spousal and child support disputes, and restraining orders. Ms. Hassoun is fluent in Arabic and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and exercising.
Lila M. Seif is an attorney licensed to practice law in California. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School (Southwestern).
Lila’s drive to help and understand others inspired her pursuit of a psychology degree. While studying at UCLA, Lila enrolled in courses related to the law and began working in a law office where she was first introduced to assisted reproductive technologies and the ways the law can be used for good. This inspired Lila to obtain her law degree.
While attending Southwestern, Lila was elected Secretary of the Student Bar Association and was recognized for her legal writing and oral advocacy skills upon being awarded the Finalist Writer Award and Alternate Oralist Award in the Intramural Moot Court competition and upon receiving the CALI Award for achieving the highest grade (A+) in her legal research and writing course. Also while at Southwestern, Lila supplemented her coursework with curriculum on Reproductive Technologies and the Law and with a course taught by the Honorable Amy M. Pellman entitled Children and the Law. Lila also secured a judicial externship with Los Angeles Superior Court family law judge, the Honorable Mark Juhas, and with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Family Violence Division. Lila’s experiences showed her the entire spectrum of family law matters and she knew that she was meant for family building.
Before joining Vorzimer Masserman, Lila worked in the fields of adoption and fertility law. Prior to that, she worked for the State Bar of California where she was a significant part of the important task of regulating attorney licenses. She gained utmost respect for the trust clients place upon their attorneys and the issues clients face in relying upon counsel to protect their interests. Her experience has made Lila an approachable and likeable attorney who maintains the highest ethical standards.
Lila is a compassionate and caring person and sees it as her responsibility and honor to help couples and individuals complete their families. Lila grew up in Orange County, lives in Woodland Hills, and enjoys advanced open water SCUBA diving, mountain biking, traveling, volunteer work, and spending time with her friends and family.
Helaena Eichberg joined Vorzimer/Masserman as a Senior Paralegal in 2015. Ms. Eichberg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UC Riverside in 2004 and went on to earn her paralegal certification from UC Los Angeles in 2008. Prior to joining the Vorzimer/Masserman team, Ms. Eichberg worked in collections law and criminal defense. Ms. Eichberg’s primary responsibility is to prepare and file court pleadings in the 58 California counties in order to establish parental rights for our clients. In her free time, Ms. Eichberg enjoys playing poker, cooking, crossfit, yoga, and going to concerts. Ms. Eichberg also runs in the Spartan Race several times a year.
Krystel Zambrano joined Vorzimer/Masserman as a paralegal in 2009. Ms. Zambrano’s responsibilities include overseeing all of the firm’s Egg Donation cases, from the time the clients hire the firm through ovum retrieval. Ms. Zambrano also services the firm’s Latin based clientele from the beginning of their journey during the contract phase, through birth by helping clients establish citizenship for their children, and to return home. Ms. Zambrano graduated in Spring 2015 Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Ms. Zambrano was on the Dean’s list every quarter in recognition of her outstanding academic performance, and was been the recipient of achievement based college scholarships. Ms. Zambrano is fluent in Spanish and in her free time enjoys reading, exercising, and watching movies with family and friends.
Silvia Masserman graduated from the Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil with a Bachelors degree in Economics. Mrs. Masserman ran an international import/export company in the United States from 1997 until 2003. In 2005 Mrs. Masserman joined VM, providing services in International Marketing, Branding and Client Development. Mrs. Masserman is well versed in the field of Surrogacy and Egg Donation and travels abroad on behalf of VM to speak and meet with potential and existing clients. Mrs. Masserman also currently serves as the business operations manager of the firm.
Melissa McNeillie is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. She was awarded the Life Scholarship upon entry into the College of Charleston, and ultimately graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications. Upon graduation, she moved to Southern California to pursue a career in Business Administration. She was hired by Vorzimer/Masserman in 2012 as the office administrator. Since then Ms. McNeillie has been promoted to head the accounting department. Ms. McNeillie oversees the administration of the firm’s general business account as well as the Intended Parent’s Trust Account, established to safeguard and protect our client’s fiduciary interests. Outside of the office, Ms. McNeillie enjoys baking, camping, finding the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants in town, and taking her dog on hikes.
Erick Johnson graduated from Cal State University of Northridge in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Finance with an option in Business Law. While an undergraduate he competed nationally in speech and debate on CSUN’s forensic’s team for two years. Mr. Johnson joined Vorzimer/Masserman in 2015 as the legal assistant to Andrew Vorzimer. Mr. Johnson is responsible for the day to day contract administration for surrogate clientele, executing client requests and meeting with the agency overseeing the surrogacy. In his free time Mr. Johnson enjoys working out, attending concerts, playing tennis, acting, and spending time with family and friends.
Maria Teresa Delucca studied hotel management and tourism at Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL) until leaving Guayaquil-Ecuador for Los Angeles in 2005. Ms. Delucca joined Vorzimer/Masserman as an office assistant and front desk receptionist in 2013. Ms. DeLucca’s responsibilities include overseeing logistics, correspondence, digital file management and assisting with day to day operation of the firm. Ms. Delucca is fluent in Spanish and in her free time enjoys reading, writing and watching movies with family and friends.
Jing Yang was a Chinese transaction lawyer in Shanghai before joining Vorzimer/ Masserman. Ms. Yang graduated from the Wuhan University School of Law with a double degree in Law and Economics. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Yang gained great experience with corporate, foreign direct investment, and contract law while working in renowned law firms in Shanghai. From 2010 to 2014, she managed the legal department of Shanda Group, a leading Company in the Internet & Entertainment Industry, based in Shanghai. In 2014 Ms. Yang attended UCLA Law for her master degree in Law (LL.M.). After graduation she was hired to serve Vorzimer/Masserman’s Chinese clientele to further her passion for family law and related cutting edge issues. Ms. Yang is fluent in both Mandarin and English. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, singing Karaoke and watching movies with friends.
Anthony De Santiago originally from Los Angeles, joined Vorzimer/Masserman as an office assistant and front desk receptionist in in May 2015. Mr. De Santiago is working on earning his Confirmation of Completion from the Professional Paralegal Academy at Los Angeles Valley College and graduates in late 2016. Mr. De Santiago’s responsibilities include overseeing logistics, correspondence, digital file management and assisting with day to day operation of the firm. Mr. De Santiago enjoys traveling, watching movies, being at the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Tomas Gonzalez-Rubio is a graduate of Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Gonzalez-Rubio was a college mathematics Professor before moving to Japan to study. Mr. Gonzalez-Rubio built the forced air systems in government building and sports stadiums in Ecuador until 2005 when he moved to the United States. Mr. Gonzalez-Rubio joined Vorzimer/Masserman in 2007 and oversees the firm’s record management and digital filing system. Mr. Gonzalez-Rubio is fluent in Spanish and in his personal time enjoys watching soccer and exercising.