The Adoption Law Center of Beverly Hills
David Keene Leavitt
a Professional Law Corporation
9454 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Established in 1960 by attorney David Keene Leavitt and his wife Aileen Leavitt, the Adoption Law Center of Beverly Hills has helped about 10,000 families come together and complete an adoption, and has had a far-reaching impact on adoptions and adoption law, not only in Southern California, but throughout the nation and around the world.
I have lived in California all my life, graduated from Stanford University in 1951, and the Stanford Law School in 1953. After serving in the Army overseas, I opened my own law practice in Beverly Hills in 1956, and have been there ever since. My first adoption came in 1960, and about 10,000 more followed.
Aileen and David Leavitt have been married since 1956.
In the early part of their marriage, Aileen was on the junior board of a prominent adoption agency in West Los Angeles. During a discussion of the agency's policies, a social worker explained that the agency would refuse to share a birth mother's psychiatric history with adopting parents when that mother had serious mental problems. The agency feared that every time the child did something wrong, the new parents would be sure he or she had inherited the mother’s problems.
Disturbed by the agency's decision, Aileen told David that if she were adopting a baby, she would want to know everything she could about the child's background before making a decision.
It was on that philosophy that David Leavitt's practice was built.