Larry Birkhead…the User or the Usie???

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In from LOS ANGELES, California, Larry Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby, sued his former attorney, claiming she defrauded him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Birkhead’s lawsuit, filed Friday in Superior Court, claims that Debra Opri offered to represent him for free during a paternity dispute involving the baby because the publicity would benefit her career. Birkhead’s lawsuit was filed just days after Opri filed her own suit, claiming that Birkhead did not pay his bills for her legal services.

Birkhead’s lawsuit accuses Opri of depositing at least $865,000 owed to him for an unnamed project into an attorney client trust account against his wishes. After Opri refused to turn over the money, Birkhead fired her, the lawsuit said.

“Opri placed her own career desires and needs as a priority over the needs, interests and desires of her own client,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit also said Opri solicited donations to a legal fund and revealed confidential information during media interviews — all without Birkhead’s consent. Opri is also accused of charging Birkhead for her travel expenses, dinners with friends and entertainment expenses.

In a brief statement released Friday, Opri responded by saying that her former client is avoiding the issue of his unpaid legal fees.

“He has now admitted, however, that he can pay his legal bills having received over 1 million dollars in a media deal,” she wrote. “This does not include the untold millions he has received for selling photos of his daughter.”

Opri said her work on Birkhead’s behalf entailed hundreds of hours of work and required her to travel to multiple states and outside the country. Her lawsuit did not specify a dollar amount.

Birkhead sued Smith in October seeking a paternity test of her daughter to determine who was the baby’s father. Smith’s companion and attorney, Howard K. Stern, also claimed to be the father and was listed on the baby’s birth certificate.

In December, a Los Angeles judge ruled in Birkhead’s favor, but the DNA test was not performed until months later. Smith died in Florida on February 8 of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Paternity tests released in April revealed that Birkhead was the baby’s father.

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Thank you, The Associated Press.
Well there you have it folks…is he a Deadbeat Dad? OR…
Is he, a Dad who was taken advantage of by just one more Attorney? {you all know how I feel about attorneys!

And what do you think about him already selling pics of the baby, Dannielynn…
I bet that Anna Nicole Smith is rolling over in her pink casket over that on!

I wish I knew why Anna Nicole Smith didn’t want him around the Baby.

Any one have a clue out there???

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

~ by thebabyboomerqueen on June 4, 2007.

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