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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., practiced with Tarnoff Law from 2015 through early 2023, and Shelley and Dylan continue to work closely together.  Dylan now practices under his new firm, Tarnoff Family Formation, PC.



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