More About Debra Opri

While majority of my clients are normal everyday people, my reputation became highly regarded as being that of both a leading female attorney in the media and in the courtroom, with a zeal for fighting for parents' and children's rights, including the internationally covered paternity action involving Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, which I successfully fought and won, when I secured the paternity rights of the natural father over his child, resulting in Dannielynn's father securing custody.

I am the only television commentator today who is most well-regarded as having personally worked on a great many high-profile cases with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business. My clients have included the parents of Michael Jackson, Katherine and Joe Jackson, for representation of their parental interests during Jackson's child molestation trial; Jermaine Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson, during his divorce proceedings. I also agreed to step into an ongoing high-profile custody fight between Pamela Hasselhoff and David Hasselhoff, and vigorously defended Pamela in her custody case. Also, I represented the ex-girlfriend and mother of David Caruso's two minor children in his paternity and palimony cases. One of the world's most famous cases was the Anna Nicole Smith paternity battle, that I fought both nationally and overseas, to secure my client his rights as the natural parent of his daughter, Dannielynn, and which ended successfully, thanks to a long- term commitment to my client and his child, and the battle to preserve a parent's rights.

I successfully represented the actor and comedian, Kevin Hart, in what started as a contentious divorce matter, but which ultimately ended amicably and in a favorable settlement for my client, thanks to my litigation strategies and tenacious litigation style.

I first came to national attention as attorney for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, when I successfully defended him in a California sexual harassment trial which I won after a long trial and courtroom battle via a jury trial verdict. Part of my effective strategy for James Brown during this case was offering the jury — and the media — a new perspective of the iconic singer, differentiating his personal and professional life while maintaining his innocence. Again, my steadfast commitment and efforts to both my client and his cause, resulted in a landmark victory for the legendary performer. It was, in fact, the first time James Brown had ever successfully challenged a sexual harassment allegation, and after my victory, the Godfather of Soul's career — and reputation — was reborn.

I am most well-known for my passion in fighting for and protecting parents' and children's rights. After a four year battle in the courts, I secured a natural single mother's rights over her child and against a nonparent who had secured custody and visitation rights despite contesting this, and for which it took an appellate court to say to the lower court "reversed." I will continue the fight for my clients, and will do it with the strong belief that "I will always be ready for and will take on the fight, as long as there are parents and children in need."

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