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AKERMAN ATTORNEY IS "THE CALM" IN MEDIA STORM OVER ANNA NICOLE SMITH CASE
Jordana Mishory - Daily Business Review - February 23, 2007
Parties flew in from afar to lay claim to the body of former Playboy Playmate and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith.
But after nearly a week of hearings, Broward (Fla.) Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin gave custody of the body to a Miami lawyer who didn't even know he had a role in the case when Smith died in Hollywood two weeks ago.
Seidlin granted the power to decide where Smith will be buried to Richard C. Milstein, an Akerman Senterfitt attorney who was appointed last week as guardian ad litem for Smith's 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern.
While announcing this decision, the sobbing judge said that he wanted Smith to be buried with her son in the Bahamas.
In a news conference after the decision, Smith's mother, ex-boyfriend and longtime companion said Smith will be buried in the Bahamas.
Milstein, who has avoided the spotlight, left the courthouse through a side exit and went straight to his car without making any statements.
Throughout the hearings the dapper and mild-mannered Milstein seemed above the fray as the proceedings quickly degenerated into a circus-like atmosphere.
As guardian ad litem, Milstein's role is to ensure his client's best interests are represented in the legal battle.
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