John attended Yale University, Oxford University, and
the University of Virginia School of Law from which he has his B.A., M.A. and J.D.
Practice Descriptions: John Weltman has more than 30 years of experience in complex commercial disputes, insurance coverage litigation, employment law, and real estate litigation. He has particular expertise in the representation of appraisers, dealers, galleries, and artists artists including disputes involving art fraud, forgeries, dealer malpractice and recovery of stolen art work.
Before founding The Weltman Law Group in 2010, John was a partner at Lawson & Weitzen, and before that a partner at Shafner & Gilleran (now Pepe & Hazard). John’s client base is as diverse as his practice; he has successfully represented individuals and Fortune 500 companies. In over 200 criminal cases, none of John’s clients ever went to jail. Also, in his 30-year career he has won or settled every one of his cases except for two. He is a formidable advocate for his clients, whether appearing in front of a judge or a jury, arguing the legal merits of pretrial and dispositive motions, advocating the virtues of a factual determination, or bringing a consensus to a building or permit application in front of a planning board. During his career, John has successfully litigated cases in federal and state courts of Massachusetts, New York, California, Florida, and Illinois. He also has extensive experience with arbitration, mediation and appeals.
John’s success as a commercial litigator provided a firm foundation for his practice in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) law. After four years of experience handling ART contracts and litigation, in 1995, he founded a full-service surrogate parenting agency, which was incorporated in 2001 as Circle Surrogacy. He has grown Circle to become the largest surrogate parenting agency in the world with the highest number of babies born per year. John was the first to establish the right of couples to secure insurance coverage for gestational surrogacy in Massachusetts. He has repeatedly obtained pre-birth orders, step-parent, second-parent and single parent adoptions for heterosexual and same-sex couples as well as singles having children through surrogacy.
He also works closely with lawyers from six continents and over 73 countries to help families get legal recognition of their children in their home countries. Other ART attorneys often consult with John because of his experience and expertise. Additionally, he has submitted friend-of-the-court briefs in appellate courts throughout the country in support of gestational surrogacy and the rights of LGBT parents.
John is a frequent guest speaker at legal seminars, including before the American Bar Association, a regular contributor to legal journals, and is sought after by news media for his views on the numerous and ever-changing issues surrounding surrogacy and egg donation.
John has been named a Super Lawyer by his peers.
Areas of Practice
- Art Law
- Assisted Reproductive Technology Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Construction Litigation
- Employment Discrimination
- Real Estate Law
- What Family Law Attorneys Should Know About ART Issues by John Weltman and Natalie Kanellis
- The American Surrogacy Center, Inc.’s Brief of an Amicus Curiae on Surrogacy.com
- Surrogacy in Massachusetts on Surrogacy.com
- Be Accurate, Not Sorry: Standards Set for Fraud Liability of Dealers, Appraisers on Surrogacy.com
- Art Law: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers, and Artists, Ralph E. Lerner, Judith Bresler, Second Edition, Volume 2, Practicing Law Institute, N.Y. in The Appraiser, Second Quarter