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Tarnoff Law attorneys

About Us

Shelley M. Tarnoff, LMFT, Esq.


Shelley has over thirty years of experience in the fields of assisted reproduction and family formation law.  Shelley’s work evolved from her personal experience with infertility and adoption.  She has presented and lectured at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Resolve, PACT, Contra Costa County Bar Association, UC Berkeley, and ACAL (Academy of California Adoption-ART Lawyers).  She is also a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, conducting psychological evaluations for gestational carriers, ovum donors, and intended parents.



  • Fellow, Academy of California Adoption-ART Lawyers

  • Fellow, Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys




  • Juris Doctorate, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

  • Bachelor of Arts, Public Service, University of California, Los Angeles


Outside the office, Shelley enjoys practicing Bikram Yoga, hiking, and spending time with family.  She also serves as Board President of the Orion Fund, a non-profit organization that provides grants to college students in serious health crises.

Dylan M. Tarnoff, Esq.


As one of the few Spanish-speaking assisted reproduction attorneys in California, Dylan has guided intended parents from around the world through the legal processes of surrogacy and egg donation.  He assists clients with the various legal aspects of their journeys, and handles all of the firm's parental establishment actions.  Dylan devoted much of his law student career to pro bono service.  In the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, Dylan successfully represented his client's application for asylum. Dylan was awarded for Outstanding Performance in the Civil Justice Mediation Clinic, mediating cases in the San Francisco Small Claims Court.  Currently, Dylan serves on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Zouves Foundation for Reproductive Medicine.




  • Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, Social Justice Lawyering Concentration, University of California, Hastings College of the Law 

  • Bachelor of Arts, Highest Honors, International Relations; Minor, Spanish, University of California, Davis


In his free time, Dylan plays electric bass and spends time with his family.


Men Having Babies: Tarnoff Law participates in the MHB's Gay Parenting Assistance Program, offering discounted and pro bono services to participating individuals and couples.



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