Tarnoff Law attorneys

About Us

Shelley M. Tarnoff, MFT, Esq.


Shelley is a family law attorney with over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of assisted reproduction and family formation.  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, and UC Berkeley.  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 Lawyers/Academy of California Family Formation 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 achieved the award 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.