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Katherine M. Schwartz

Attorney

Katherine is an attorney in Harden Jackson, LLC’s Adoption and Reproductive Law Group. Katherine focuses her practice on reproductive law, adoption, immigration, and estate planning. Katherine assists intended parents in drafting their gestational surrogacy agreements and establishing their legal parentage, represents surrogates in reviewing their contracts, and drafts egg and embryo donation agreements. Katherine also represents adoptive parents, provides estate planning services to reflect new additions to families through surrogacy and adoption, and assists clients with immigration matters such as orphan visa denials and visa applications. 

Katherine earned her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2016, graduating in the top 7% of her class. She also obtained a certificate in International and Comparative Law. Katherine received her undergraduate degree cum laude from DePauw University in 2013, where she majored in Communications and Romance Languages. 

In law school, Katherine served as the Executive Managing Editor of Vol. 26 of the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review, a certified legal intern in IU McKinney’s Health and Human Rights Clinic, a Dean’s Tutorial Society Constitutional Law Fellow, and a member of the Robert H. Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition Board. She participated in the 2014 Staton Moot Court Competition, where she was named to the Order of the Barristers (the top quarter of competitors). Katherine was also recognized as the 2015-2016 Outstanding Legal Clinic Student of the Year.

Katherine has worked in Harden Jackson, LLC’s Adoption and Reproductive Law Group since March 2014, first as a law clerk and now as an attorney. She is passionate about helping individuals build families, and has conducted extensive research on international surrogacy. She has authored a publication in the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review titled “Clipping the Stork's Wings: Commercial Surrogacy Regulation and its Impact on Fertility Tourism.” Katherine is quadrilingual (English, Russian, Spanish, and French), and particularly enjoys the international aspects of adoption and reproductive law.

Education

Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2016

Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, DePauw University, 2013

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Indiana, 2016
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Indianapolis Bar Association

American Bar Association

Publications
"Clipping the Stork's Wings: Commercial Surrogacy Regulation and Its Impact on Fertility Tourism." 
Indiana International and Comparative Law Review, Volume 26. 
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