About VIRGINIA L. FRANK, ESQ.
Virginia L. Frank is an AV Preeminent Rated Family Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and has been awarded the Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Oklahoma by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2018. Not only is Virginia also ranked as a Silver Client Champion on Martindale Hubbell, but she is also a Charter Member and Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA). Virginia is also a Fellow and active member of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (///A).
Receiving her Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1991, Virginia knew her calling in life was to help others. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Nevada Bar Association (In-House Agency Counsel-Adoption Choices, Inc.), and Cherokee Tribal Court Bar.
Virginia’s hard work has been acknowledged and appreciated as she has been awarded the 2017 Distinguished Lawyer from Expert Network. She is also an active member in the Gift of Adoption Colorado Chapter Board, the Oklahoma Native American Bar Association, American Adoption Congress, NICWA (National Indian Child Welfare Association); NACAC (North American Council on Adoptable Children), GLBT Colorado, and is licensed to practice before the Cherokee Nation Courts.
Mrs. Frank’s practice is limited to Interstate Adoptions (ICPC), Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), infant and toddler adoptions, designated adoptions, interstate adoptions, stepparent adoptions, same sex adoptions, second parent adoptions, relative adoptions, disrupted adoptions, foster-parent adoptions, and adoption subsidies. Virginia also represents intended parents, egg donors, sperm donors, embryo donors as well as surrogates and gestational carriers in assisted reproductive technology cases. Virginia has completed over 4,000 adoptions in her life, and is involved annually in approximately 200 adoptions and 75 Reproductive Technology cases.
Virginia’s accomplishments continue with a list of the presentations she has given to adoption agencies, attorneys, and various other professionals regarding adoption and surrogacy law: Continuing Legal Education in Oklahoma, “Termination of Birth Father’s Rights in Oklahoma”, Oklahoma Bar Association, 1996; Planner, Speaker, and Moderator of “Adoption Law Update”, 1999; Planner, Speaker, and Moderator of “Adoptions – The Changing Twists and Turns”, 2001; Speaker and Co-Chair, American Academy Mid-Year Meeting for Agencies, October 2006; Speaker, Oklahoma Bar Association, May 2007; Colorado Bar Association on Adoption Issues, February and October, 2007; National Business Institute, “Adoption Laws in Colorado”, December, 2007; “Child Placement Organizations, Colorado”, October 2008; Visiting Speaker at Denver University School of Law, April 2009; Oklahoma Bar Association, “Updates and Changes”, October 1, 2009; Resolve Conference, October 2009; National Business Institute, “Overcoming Interstate Adoption Issues”, December, 2009; National Business Institute, “ICPC and ICWA”, Denver, Colorado, 2010; “Surrogacy”, William Holloway Inn of Court in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January, 2011; Guest Speaker, University of Denver, “Adoption Law and Surrogacy”, and Denver, Colorado, 2011; Webinar, “Adoption Agency Liability”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, October 14, 2015; Guest Speaker, “Second Parent Adoptions,” Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (///A), 2016; Guest Speaker, “Tips for Minimizing Adoption Agency Liability”, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, April 2017.
Virginia’s philosophy of practicing law is empathetic, passionate, and most of all effective:
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” ~ John Wesley
About EMILY HAYS, ESQ. After growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Emily attended University of Texas at Austin where she received a B.A. in 1996 and an M.B.A. in 2001. Passionate and devoted, Emily knew she wanted to help others and pursued 9/11 relief work in New York City and international humanitarian work in Kosovo and South Sudan after college.
Emily realized she wanted to help others further, and in 2008, she completed her J.D. at the University of Denver and was proudly admitted to the State Bar of Colorado.
Emily’s personal struggles with secondary infertility shaped the direction of her career. Her younger son was born by a gestational surrogate; this surrogate was her sister who generously carried him for her. Emily deeply understands the desire (and need) to grow your family through non-traditional means and is excited to help others make their family dreams come true.
About ALEXANDRA GIMPEL. From Long Island, New York, Alexandra graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History and International Affairs from Florida State University in 2017. She has a deep interest in helping others which she has done for several years through writing. In college, she found she had a profound way to connect people around the globe, writing for platforms such as the Odyssey, Thought Catalog, and CollegeMagazine.
After graduating from college, Alexandra found another way to help and connect others. In the field of law, she worked in the environmental litigation and personal injury department at a law firm in New York City; it was there that Alexandra saw how much she could actively help others.
Once she moved to Boulder, Colorado, Alexandra realized that adoption and surrogacy law was her calling. “I can truly make a difference in someone else’s world; one day at a time.” Realizing her passion to connect future parents with children, Alexandra began working as Executive Assistant for Virginia in 2017.
Contact Alexandra at agimpel@VirigniaLFrank.com