In his more than 30 years of practice, Tim Schlesinger has become well-known for his skill and experience in the areas of complex divorce, family law and assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Mr. Schlesinger’s divorce and family law practice emphasizes complex financial issues involving business valuation, maintenance (spousal support) and substantial net worth. In addition, Mr. Schlesinger is in great demand for the preparation of surrogacy agreements, embryo and egg donation agreements, as well as the legal actions necessary to establish parentage when children are born as the result of these agreements.

Couples who previously could not have children can now build their families through assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Mr. Schlesinger helps clients seeking to build their families through such methods as surrogacy, gestational carriers, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, in-vitro fertilization and other processes.

At our Firm, we draft surrogacy agreements, gestational carrier agreements, egg, embryo and sperm donation agreements and in-vitro fertilization process agreements designed to protect your rights, no matter which part you play in the process. In cases involving gestational carriers or surrogacy, once the baby is born we help prospective parents through the court process to be declared the lawful parents of the child. Mr. Schlesinger uses his extensive knowledge of ART and family law to help you create or build your family.

Mr. Schlesinger is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a wide range of family law and ART topics for sponsors of continuing legal education such as the American Bar Association Family Law Section, The Missouri Bar, The Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the National Business Institute. He has authored many articles for legal journals and chapters in legal books and he created the chapter on assisted reproductive technologies for the Missouri Bar Family Law Continuing Legal Education Deskbook. In 2015, Mr. Schlesinger received appointment to the executive council of the American Bar Association (Family Law Section) Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee.

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1983
  • Illinois, 1985
  • Tennessee, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Education

  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • J.D. – 1983
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
    • Bachelor of Journalism – 1979

Published Works

  • “Embryo Disposition Upon Separation or Divorce,” The Sci-Tech Lawyer, Winter 2016.
  • “Reproductive Surrogacy in Missouri,” Cambridge University Press, 2016
  • “Third Party Assisted Reproduction: Assisting Couples Amidst the Changing Legal Landscape,” Aspatore Publishing, 2014
  • “Surrogacy and Egg Donation Agreements – The Search for Certainty in an Uncertain Field”, St. Louis Bar Journal, Spring, 2013
  • “Alternative Means of Reproduction,” Missouri Family Law Deskbook, 7th Edition, 2012
  • “Surrogacy and Donation: The Evolving Law of Assisted Reproductive Technologies,” The Briefcase, Summer, 2011
  • “Forensic Accountants as Experts in Missouri Divorce Proceedings”, St. Louis Bar Journal, Spring, 2009
  • “Alternative Parenting Arrangements”, Missouri Bar Family Law Deskbook, 6th Edition, 2005
  • “Assisted Human Reproduction: Unresolved Issues in Parentage, Child Custody and Support”, Missouri Bar Journal, January/February, 2005
  • “Sex Abuse Allegations in Child Custody Cases – Defending A Parent’s Worst Nightmare”, St. Louis Bar Journal, Winter, 1995

Classes/Seminars

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Missouri Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Washington University in St. Louis – School of Law
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • National Business Institute

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association – Family Law Section, 1983 – Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 1983 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Committee on Assisted Reproduction, 2012 – Present
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 2012 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Campbell & Coyne, P.C., Partner, Managing Partner, 1994 – 2002
  • Susman, Schermer, Rimmel and Shifrin, P.C., Attorney, 1988 – 1994
  • Spalding, Westhus & Meyer, P.C., Attorney, 1985-1988

Pro Bono Activities

  • The Women’s Safe House, Board of Directors, 2006 – 2015
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis – Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, 1994 – 2002
  • Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, 1985 – 1994