MIAMI – February 19, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Law Firm News – Akerman Senterfitt shareholder Richard C. Milstein has been appointed guardian ad litem to Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, the five-month-old baby of the late Vickie Lynn Marshall, a.k.a. Anna Nicole Smith. Mr. Milstein was appointed by Judge Larry Seidlin of the Broward County Circuit Court. The appointment was made to provide a voice for the deceased’s surviving child and to act in the best interest of the child in relevant court proceedings.
Mr. Milstein has been practicing law for more than 30 years and has handled numerous complex and high profile guardianship and probate matters. His practice focuses on Trusts, Estates, Guardianship Litigation and Administration, Family and Marital Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as Alternative Family Planning, Children’s Rights, Elder Law, Probate Law and Same Sex Couple Planning. In his work in family law, he has represented clients of significant means as well as children in disputed relationships, and has performed thousands of hours of pro bono work.
Mr. Milstein has been widely recognized and honored for his work as an attorney, including the Florida Supreme Court Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, American Bar Association’s John Minor Wisdom Professional and Public Service Award, and the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award For The Eleventh Judicial Circuit. In 1999, the Dade County Bar Association established The Richard C. Milstein Excellence Award, which is now presented each year to a recipient in the areas of professionalism and pro bono.
A certified mediator in the Southern District of Florida and for the State of Florida, Mr. Milstein worked on the first pilot project for dispute resolution through the American Bar Association. He is the only Board Certified Elder Law attorney in Miami-Dade County, and advises clients on all aspects of their life and estate planning for the elderly.
Mr. Milstein is a Miami native and earned his law degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, and his associate’s degree from Miami-Dade College. This year he will be inducted into the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame, in the area of law.
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