Partner Margaret Lodise Appointed Guardian Ad Litem For Michael Jackson's Children

--Ms. Lodise chosen to protect minors' interests in the estate proceedings--

August 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA – Partner Margaret Lodise was selected by Superior Court Judge, Mitchell Beckloff, as Guardian ad Litem of Michael Jackson's children - "Prince" Michael, Paris, and Prince "Blanket" - to represent their financial interests in all matters relating to their father's estate. As guardian ad litem, Ms. Lodise will advocate on behalf of the children in connection with their rights in their father's estate, including the resolution of certain contracts proposed by the estate's Special Administrators, John Branca and John McClain, but opposed in part by Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's mother and another beneficiary, who opposes certain elements of the contracts.

"It's critical that the children's best interests are taken into consideration, and I will work with the court to resolve these matters in a timely manner," said Ms. Lodise. This ongoing story has been covered in prominent media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Daily Journal, KPCC, and more.