Howard K. Stern

Howard Kevin Stern (born November 29, 1968) is the former attorney of Anna Nicole Smith.

Stern was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was admitted to the State Bar of California on February 25, 1994 and has no record of any disciplinary action.

His law firm first handled Anna Nicole Smith's modeling contracts in the mid 1990s. When she fought for the fortune of her late husband J. Howard Marshall, Stern presented her direct examination at the trial. Stern's law firm was later dissolved around the time he became a co-star on The Anna Nicole Show.

Stern maintains an apartment in Santa Monica, California, from which he operated a business called "Hot Smoochie Lips Inc" which is a talent agency that only had one client, Anna Nicole Smith.

On September 10, 2006, Stern was with Anna Nicole Smith when her son Daniel Wayne Smith died in Nassau, Bahamas. He has denied allegations by Anna Nicole's mother that he was involved in Daniel's death. Anna Nicole died on February 8, 2007, less than five months after her son's death. According to the Florida court overseeing her estate, Anna Nicole left everything to her late son Daniel in a 16-page will that named Stern as the executor of her estate.

On February 21, 2007 hearings commenced before the Hon. Larry Seidlin in Florida's Broward County Circuit Court over the remains of Anna Nicole Smith. The proceedings were televised and were broadcast on the Internet. Mr. Stern, who claims he is executor of Ms. Smith's estate, sought custody of her remains, as did her mother Virgie Arthur.

On February 22, 2007, Judge Larry Seidlin denied motions by Virgie Arthur and Howard K. Stern, instead awarding custody of Smith's body to her infant daughter, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern. The judge's order stated that attorney, Richard Milstein, the minor child's guardian ad litem, would make all final decisions regarding the interment of the body and funeral services. Seidlin stated that Smith should be buried next to her son Daniel in the Bahamas and directed Milstein to consult with Arthur, Stern and Birkhead regarding funeral arrangements. He also urged the parties to agree to paternity testing so that Danielynn's biological father could be conclusively established. Seidlin announced that he would be handing off that aspect of the case to another judge.

On September 26, 2006, Mr. Stern claimed in an interview from the Bahamas with Larry King on CNN that he is the father of Anna Nicole's newborn baby girl, contrary to identical claims by celebrity photographer Larry Birkhead. The Bahamian birth certificate lists the daughter's name as Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern with Howard as the father. Stern and Smith were reportedly staying in the Bahamas to avoid paternity testing in the United States. On September 28, they exchanged vows in an informal wedding ceremony on a boat near Nassau, though it was not a legally binding marriage. Their wedding photos were sold through Getty Images to People Magazine for around $1 million.

On February 9, 2007, following the death of Anna Nicole Smith, it was revealed that Stern had custody of Smith's child, Dannielynn. Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, the current husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, also claimed to be the father of the baby girl and threatened to file a lawsuit for custody. Alexander Denk, an actor and a former bodyguard for Anna Nicole Smith, told the tabloid television program Extra that he had an affair with his former employer, and that it is possible he could be Dannielynn's father. Mark Hatten, a former boyfriend of two years, also came forward to claim paternity of Dannielynn.

* Appeared in drag with Anna Nicole in the 2004 movie Wasabi Tuna, which grossed $7,950 in U.S. ticket sales.
* Stern suffers from Crohn's Disease
* Had taken controversial photos of Anna and Shane Gibson that led to the latter's resignation from the Bahamas Cabinet.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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