Katherine Jackson’s Lawyer Opens Up
August 10, 2009
It wasn’t just a victory. It was finally a moment of relief for Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, 79, when she won custody of her three grandchildren, Prince, 12, Paris, 11 and Blanket, 7.
And helping make this possible was New York lawyer L. Londell McMillan, whose long-time ties to the Jackson family are as personal as they are professional, giving him a uniquely intimate perspective on Katherine’s ordeal.
The kids have been her saving grace amidst her son’s tragedy. “It’s been very painful for her,” says McMillan. “But she has been busy trying to make sure that these children will be provided for.”
Before launching his career representing showbiz legends like Michael and Stevie Wonder, Katherine’s lawyer came up through the Bedford-Stuyvesant projects in New York City.
“I went to the same junior high school as Jay-Z and [30 Rock star] Tracy Morgan,” says McMillan, who dreamed of going to the NBA or NFL. “We were kids in the projects, running around.”
Now McMillan co-owns the New Jersey Nets with Jay-Z, and is something of a hip-hop mogul himself: The publisher-owner of The Source magazine also co-owns a women’s shape-wear line, Sliminizer with Kate Liegey, designer of Jessica Simpson’s upcoming lingerie collection.
And while the custody case is over, there is much more to be done for Katherine. “She’s focusing on making sure that Michael’s estate will be protected, preserved and nurtured with her trust, counsel and care,” says McMillan. “That’s why she wants a seat at the table [regarding his will]. I am confident that Mrs. Jackson will honour the spirit of what Michael wanted.”
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