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ABOUT PAULA MAHAN owner/founder

I graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1978, and passed the California Bar that same year. My first job was as a criminal prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Eventually, I went into private practice with my husband, Kevin M. Mahan, and my first case was an independent adoption. That experience became the initial step in what has become a long and storied journey….a journey that has taken decades.

I was part of a small group of legal practitioners who helped merge bold new ideas in Family Law with innovative medical technologies in the treatment of infertility. The early formative years were exciting times, marked by great forward strides, along with a few minor setbacks. Today those efforts have become the cornerstone of a huge medical-legal industry in California that attracts people from all over the world who are in need of surrogate parenting services and/or some of their corollaries: egg donation, sperm donation and embryo donation.

With the help of California’s welcoming and inclusive laws, artificial reproductive services are available to all those seeking to become parents…including heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, and unmarried singles. We have come a long way toward the goal of eradicating the heartbreak of infertility.

ABOUT KEVIN MAHAN owner/founder

I graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 1978 and passed the Bar that year. Prior to law school, I had completed my BA and MBA at USC and spent 5 years in the US Air Force as a Rescue Helicopter pilot in southeast Asia. I had always been predisposed toward helping people solve their problems and a career in law was for me the natural progression of life after Vietnam.

With the help of my wife, Paula, we set up our own law practice specializing in Family Law, Bankruptcy/Foreclosure, Workers’ Compensation and Drunk Driving. At the same time we managed to conceive and raise 4 beautiful boys.

When we added surrogacy to our Family Law practice we knew we had ventured into an exciting new field. At the time, we had just seen the shocking outcome of the Mary Beth Whitehead case. Like Solomon, the judge tried to be fair to all sides. Working on a case of first impression with no controlling law, he made a decision that pleased no one. It was unacceptable precedent and in the ensuing years, we all worked very hard to make sure that that outcome was not repeated.

We have been remarkably successful. We represented John and Luanne Buzzanca in their surrogacy arrangement before their marital issues gave way to one of the most monumental decisions advancing parental rights. In Re Marriage of Buzzanca catalyzed the rapid growth and acceptance of reproductive possibilities that would become codified in California’s Family Code and judicial precedent. Today we have law in California that is protective of the rights of both Intended Parents and Surrogates, and addresses the flaws of the Whitehead case. It holds all parties accountable to the promises and intentions expressed in the contract, and has provided a secure and satisfying resolution for many thousands of people struggling with the frustration of infertility.

ABOUT JAMES P. MAHAN Associate Attorney

I graduated from Stanford Law School and passed the California Bar in 2018. After working for my family' s firm for the past 5 years as a legal assistant and business development strategist, it is an absolute honor to join the legal team as an associate attorney and to continue the tradition that Mahan & Mahan has worked so hard to build for the past 40 years. Before going to law school, I spent 8 years on Active Duty in the US Navy as a Submarine Officer. I look forward to continuing to serve others in this new chapter of my life. As a young father myself, I know the joys, challenges, and rewards of raising a family, and I can't think of a better way to spend my life's work than sharing that dream with any potential parent that desires to have a family of their own. I am excited to work with you in helping you build the family of your dreams.

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