Attorney Richard B. Vaughn combines his passion for family formation with 20 years of experience in business and technology law. Rich, and his law partner Will Halm, joined forces and co-founded International Fertility Law Group (IFLG), one of the most successful and best-known law firms in the world focusing on assisted reproductive technology law.
Rich Vaughn first studied reproductive and fertility law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in the early 1990s. In 1993, Rich began providing litigation, contract, technology, marketing and corporate legal services to individual clients, companies and municipalities in Chicago and Los Angeles. With the formation of IFLG, he was able to combine his multi-disciplinary legal experience with his passion and pride in forming his own family through surrogacy and egg donation to assist clients worldwide with family formation through assisted reproduction.
Rich serves on the Board of Directors of the American Fertility Association and on the Executive Council of the American Bar Association (ABA) Family Law Section Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology. Additionally, he is a member of the California Bar Association (CBA) and its Family Law Section, the National LGBT Bar Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the ASRM’s Legal Professionals Group. He has been published in the American Journal of Family Law; he has lectured at numerous legal and family-building conferences around the U.S.; he has guest lectured at California Western School of Law; and he has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio (The Diane Rehm Show), Wall Street Journal, The London Times Magazine, Pink Parenting, Parenting Magazine Live, and other radio shows and periodicals.
Away from the office, Rich is a proud advocate for LGBT equality and gay and lesbian parenting and the Family Equality Council and provides community service in the medical, health and wellness industries. He is also an experienced fitness instructor, triathlete, a former paramedic, and board member of a medical device company. Rich and his spouse, Tommy Woelfel, were married in California in 2008 and are the proud parents, through egg donation and surrogacy, of twin sons Aiden and Austin.