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BRIAN ESSER, Esq.

BrianBrian Esser is an attorney living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His practice is dedicated to building and protecting families. He is particularly interested in how US immigration and citizenship law affect same-sex bi-national couples and LGBT families. He has successfully represented asylum petitioners fleeing persecution on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV status.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in History from Northwestern University, Brian earned a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in New York, Illinois and the District of Columbia. 
Brian sits on the Board of Directors of the National LGBT Bar Foundation, and currently serves as Board Secretary. He regularly staffs free legal clinics at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center and The LGBT Community Center in Manhattan. Brian is a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section Committees on Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology, the New York City Bar, the Brooklyn Bar Association, and LeGaL – the LGBT Bar Association of Greater NY.

Brian has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

He and his husband Kevin have been featured on CNNMoney discussing the personal impacts of the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision. His favorite job is being “Papa” to his son Keith, and playing with trucks and trains.

"As an adoptive dad, I know the options for building your family can seem overwhelming. You need a trusted advisor to help you step by step through the process. I will listen to your concerns and work with you to find the best way for you to build your family. And I can help you safeguard your family with proper planning for the future."