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Another Lucrative Practice Area: Britney Spears

So, maybe your firm hasn't gotten a piece the Bernie Madoff work, which has spawned a practice area unto itself. No worries, there's always Britney Spears. Today's Los Angeles Times carries a story devoted to Spears' extensive legal team, showing that the paparazzi aren't the only ones swarming the mercurial star. According to the Times, at least 17 lawyers and firms "have had a hand in Spears' personal or business matters in the 14 months since a judge determined that Spears was not competent to manage her life and music empire herself." Not surprisingly, Spears' legal matters are lucrative business for the lawyers involved, with court records showing payments of at least $2.7 million in lawyers' fees and costs from Spears' estate for the first 11 months of the court-ordered conservatorship.  

The legal matters generated by Spears run the gamut, encompassing: 

Spears' divorce and custody proceedings with Kevin Federline ($460,000 in total fees and costs), a Florida civil suit brought by a former manager ($113,000), a driving-without-a-license trial ($26,000) and a dispute over mold in a Malibu property leased by Spears ($7,000).

On top of that, Spears' father's attorneys billed $102,000 fighting attempts to end his conservatorship. 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on March 24, 2009 at 02:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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