Bill Singer, Esq., Of Counsel

In 2018, we were honored and delighted to welcome Bill Singer as Of Counsel to our firm.

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In Bill’s over 47 years of law practice, he has been an international leader and catalyst in our field of LGBT family law and the support of families of all types.


Bill Singer has been in the private practice of law in Somerset County, New Jersey since 1971 with Singer & Fedun, LLC. His practice concentrates on the creation and protection of families of all configurations. Bill also serves as counselor to non-profit organizations. 


He counsels families about the options to form families, including adoption and assisted reproductive technology. He also advises clients how to best protect themselves and their loved ones through life and estate planning. Bill has served as the General Counsel for the National LGBT Bar Association since its founding in the 1980s and serves as General Counsel to the Thistle Foundation, the New Jersey Sierra Club, the Deep Foundations Institute, and the New Jersey Association for Justice. He is the legal advisor to Family By Design, the community of parenting partnerships. 

Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC is proud and excited to welcome Bill to our team!

In Bill’s 47 years of law practice, he has been an international leader in support of same-sex couples, LGBT family law, and support of families of all types. Bill is quite arguably THE founder of our field of LGBT family law, and a catalyst for the international movement for LGBT rights to marry, parent, and form families of our choosing. 


Since Bill started law practice in 1971, he has been consistently outspoken and innovative in pushing for the legal rights of the marginalized, at the radical fringe and pushing against convention even in progressive legal communities. Moreover, he is obviously a lawyer with true passion and heart; even after 47 years of difficult and slow fights against the current, Bill still has a sparkle and often a tear in his eye when talking about his clients, his community of advocate attorneys in the trenches, and his dedication to this work. 


Bill has been a leader and warrior in the legal movement for LGBTQ liberation for decades.


In Bill’s early years of law practice in the 1970s, Bill was outspoken about injustice for gay men during the AIDS crisis and was coined “the angel of death” because of his countless bedside visits to gay men dying of the ravages of AIDS to provide them with Wills and estate planning that would protect their beloved partners who had no legal relationship with them.


Bill was integral to the founding of the National LGBT Bar Association in the mid 1980s, at first a small group of LGBT attorneys united to provide resources to the gay and lesbian community at the height of the AIDS crisis, and now a large and powerful partner of the American Bar Association with a major annual conference, Lavender Law. Bill has served as the General Counsel for the National LGBT Bar Association since its founding in the 1980s. In 2013, the National LGBT Bar Association named Bill as the inaugural winner of the “Leading Practitioner Award”, an award Bill has certainly earned.


Bill was the founder of the LGBT Family Law Institute (FLI), an organization for attorneys who specialize in LGBT family law to share resources and strategy, at first throughout the United States, and now worldwide. Bill served as Director from 2009-2016. Bill now serves as International Director of FLI, coordinating the international movement of lawyers, with FLI chapters in the USA, Europe, UK/Ireland, Latin America, Canada, and Australia.  


Bill is a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. In 2013, the National LGBT Bar Association named Bill as the inaugural winner of the “Leading Practitioner Award.” The year before, Bill was awarded the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union – New Jersey, the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Presidential Award from the New Jersey Association for Justice, Inc.


We are honored to have Bill join our team.


In his role as Of Counsel attorney to our firm, Bill will handle cases in New York (in addition to his practice in New Jersey) with our collaboration and input on New York law. We’re grateful to offer this service to our clients and to have the opportunity to collaborate closely with Bill, a lawyer whose impact, dedication, and warmth serve as a powerful model of the very best of our profession.

Practice Areas

Family Creation:

  • Adoption - infant, child, adult, multiple parents
  • Assisted reproductive technology (ART) - surrogacy (gestational and traditional); sperm donor, egg donor, surrogate, intended parents, reproductive medical practices
  • LGBT and polyamorous families; co-parenting

 Protecting Families:

  • Estate and life planning - wills, power of attorney, proxy directives for health care, living wills
  • Change of name and gender markers
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Probate and estate administration

Non-profits:

  • Selection of form of entity
  • Preparation, interpretation and amendment of governing documents
  • Application for tax exempt status
  • Governance
  • Contract, employment, tax and audit issues
  • Merger
  • Dissolution


Bill is General Counsel to:


National LGBT Bar Association (1988 - Present)

Thistle Foundation, Inc.

New Jersey Sierra Club

New Jersey Association for Justice


Admitted

United States Federal District Court (NJ)

New Jersey Bar


Education

Law School: Columbia School of Law (JD)

College: Rutgers College (Henry Rutgers Scholar, BA with distinction) 


Memberships

LGBT Family Law Institute - Founder and Director, 2009 to 2016; Current member

International Family Law Institute - Chair

EU Family Law Institute - Member

Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys

National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights


Awards

New Jersey Super Lawyers® - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Legal Services of New Jersey “Equal Justice Medal” - 2017

International Recognition Award - Asociacion Espanola de Transexuales Madrid Spain (AET) -2017

National LGBT Bar Association named Bill as the inaugural winner of the “Leading Practitioner Award” - 2013 

Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NJ) – New Jersey - 2012

Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association - 2012

Presidential Award from the New Jersey Association for Justice - 2012


Publications

Reflections on 30-Plus Years As an Out Gay Lawyer (HuffPo)

Practice Tips for Advising Same-Sex Couples About Pre-Nuptial Agreements (law.com)

It's Time to Add Parenting Partnerships to Your Vocabulary (law.com)

To Represent LGBT Clients, a Lawyer Needs to Be Culturally Competent (law.com)

It Takes How Many Parents to Raise a Child? (law.com)

The Theater of the Absurd comes to North Dakota (law.com)