Suzanne specializes in second-parent adoptions for alternative families, typically those with two mothers, two fathers, or a transgender parent. These adoptions create families with two legal parents who both have the same rights and responsibilities. Suzanne is passionate about these adoptions and her legal practice is dedicated solely to obtaining this protection for families throughout Texas. Since 1995, Suzanne has successfully handled second-parent adoptions for hundreds of Texas families.
After graduating from Duke Law School in 1986, Suzanne was a founding board member and later co-chair of the grassroots organization that is now the National LGBT Bar Association. She has received numerous awards from organizations including The Human Rights Campaign, The Texas Civil Rights Project and the State Bar of Texas.
She was invited to be a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council, which is sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and is honored to serve on the Family Equality Council Advisory Board.
Suzanne and her wife Sarah Goodfriend have been together over thirty years and are raising two wonderful teenage daughters. Suzanne and Sarah were the first legally married gay couple in Texas – four months before the US Supreme Court decision.
Suzanne believes that opportunities to make a difference in the world are everywhere and encourages everyone to watch for their own personal chance to create positive change.
Prior to joining Suzanne’s office in 2015, Taunya worked in both the legal and medical industry, as well enjoying 5 years as a stay-at-home-mom. Taunya is an active volunteer for her daughter’s school and Keep Austin Beautiful. She also enjoys camping, reading and spending time with friends and family. Taunya and her husband Chris live in South Austin with their daughter Izzy and lovable mutt Luna Mae.
Prior to joining Suzanne’s office in 2010, Kirsten worked for several Austin non-profits and has volunteered for organizations such as OutYouth, Equality Texas, Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, and the Green Corn Project. She loves interacting with clients and is passionate about helping families gain legal protection. She also enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, and spending time with her family. Kirsten and her partner Eddie were married in 2010 and welcomed their son in 2012.