• University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, J.D.
  • University of Vermont, Honors College, Summa Cum Laude, B.A.


Jennifer is a partner at Haas Tharrington, P.A. She has spent her entire career practicing family law, and has served clients in all stages of family formation and transition. Jennifer is a Certified Family Financial Mediator and works primarily with the firm’s non-litigation clients who are seeking a collaborative approach and alternative ways to resolve their issues outside of a courtroom. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA), one of only four attorneys in North Carolina with such a distinction.

Additionally, a large percentage of Jennifer’s practice is devoted to LGBT family law, gay rights and Reproductive Law. Jennifer has served the LGBT community since she was a law student, and she believes that every family deserves equality and respect, regardless of how that family is formed or defined. As a longtime advocate for LGBT clients, Jennifer is familiar with the evolution of LGBT rights throughout the state and country, and she competently and zealously represents married and unmarried same-sex couples with an advanced education, experience and understanding of their unique legal needs.

Contact us at 919-783-9669 today to discover how we can help with your LGBT family law, gay rights and Reproductive Law concerns.

In her Reproductive Law practice, Jennifer has been a pioneer in the state of North Carolina in protecting the rights of parents, donors and surrogates. Jennifer works closely with many local and national IVF clinics and surrogacy agencies to assist couples who are growing their families with the assistance of an egg donor, sperm donor and/or surrogate. She has given numerous presentations and lectures on Reproductive Law throughout the state, and has extensive experience with donor agreements, surrogacy contracts, Pre-Birth Orders, birth certificate issues, adoption (for different-sex and same-sex couples), and all other legal needs of intended parents, donors and surrogates.

Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association, and the LGBT Family Law Institute. Jennifer has donated hundreds of pro bono hours to clients in need – including free Domestic Violence Protective Order clinics for survivors of domestic violence,  free divorce clinics, free estate planning clinics for LGBT clients, and numerous free seminars for clients seeking legal advice regarding marriage, divorce, LGBT family law or assisted reproduction issues.

“I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer Tharrington as my attorney for my first surrogacy journey. I’m glad I had her.  It was a very trying anxiety ridden journey that resulted in me not going further with the surrogate, (because of honesty issues with her, or lack of). Jennifer was not only knowledgable about guiding me through the legal issues, but she showed me a very compassionate, human side that was very much appreciated through this painful time in my life.  When you’re dealing with an issue this emotional, it is very helpful to have a level, practical head guiding you- all the time maintaining a professional demeanor. It is without hesitation that I recommend this attorney.  If my next surrogate is in North Carolina this is who I will ask to represent me.”

-Review of Attorney Jennifer Tharrington by A from New York

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