Fun Facts About Howard K. Stern: Net Worth, Wife, Children, Biography, Anna Nicole Smith’s Lawyer-Partner Now

Anna Nicole Smith’s lawyer Howard K. Stern was also her husband before she died in 2007. He’s faced legal woes regarding her death. Where is he now?

Throughout her life, Anna Nicole Smith was adored (and also criticized) by many. But one man, Howard K. Stern, was one of the late model and reality star’s closest companions and championed Anna during her life and after her tragic 2007 death.

Anna’s fans knew Howard as her attorney and business manager. However, their relationship shifted from professional to deeply personal during her final years. So personal that Howard and Anna were briefly married and raising her daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, together before she died.

After Anna passed away, Howard seemingly vanished from the public eye. So, where is Anna Nicole Smith’s lawyer now? Here’s what we know about Howard’s life away from the spotlight.

Profile Summary

Celebrated Name:Howard K. Stern 
Net Worth:$500,000
Profession:American attorney
Full Real Name:Howard Kevin Stern 
Date of brith:November 29, 1968
Age:54 years old (as of 2023)
Birthplace:Los Angeles, California, United States
Education:University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Berkeley, UCLA School of Law
(l-r): Anna Nicole Smith and Howard K. Stern laughing at a fashion show.

Howard K. Stern was Anna Nicole Smith’s third “husband.”

Anna and Howard met in 1998 when she hired Howard as her legal counsel throughout the lengthy battle for her second husband J. Howard Marshall’s estate. By 2006, though, the pair revealed they had more than a lawyer-client dynamic.

In September 2006, Anna confirmed that she and Howard were a couple. Around the same time, they moved to the Bahamas, where Anna hid from the press while pregnant with Dannielynn.

(l-r): Anna Nicole Smith and Howard K. Stern embracing at their commitment ceremony in 2006.

When Anna gave birth to Dannielynn on Sept. 7, 2006, she was believed to be Howard’s daughter. The former Playmate of the Year named her child after Howard — Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern.

Following Dannielynn’s birth, Anna’s son, Daniel Smith, died of an accidental drug overdose that same month. Amid her grief, Anna and Howard married in a non-binding commitment ceremony in the Bahamas, though they were never legally married.

Where is Howard K. Stern now? He was accused of giving Anna Nicole the drugs that killed her.

In October 2006, Anna’s ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead claimed he was Dannielynn’s biological father and sued Anna for paternity. Larry told ABC News that Anna told him she was pregnant before she escaped to the Bahamas. Two months after Anna died of an accidental overdose on Feb. 8, 2007, a DNA test confirmed Larry, not Howard, was Dannielynn’s father, and Larry was given full custody of the child.

Since the paternity debacle, Howard has kept his life as private as possible. After Anna’s death, Howard faced some legal drama regarding how she died.

Howard K. Stern headed into court for allegedly giving Anna Nicole Smith prescription drugs.

In 2009, Howard and two of Anna’s doctors were arrested for “conspiracy to use fake names and false pretenses to acquire prescription drugs,” per E! News. According to California Attorney General Jerry Brown’s statement in March 2009, Howard and Anna’s doctors “repeatedly and excessively furnished thousands of prescription pills” to her and allegedly continued giving her prescription drugs when she was pregnant with Dannielynn.

After years in court over his alleged involvement in Anna’s prescription drug misuse, Howard was acquitted of all charges and has continued working as an attorney. The Hollywood Reporter reported in June 2019 that Howard is still in the legal field and accepted a position with the L.A. County Public Defender’s Office.

“I can confirm that Howard K. Stern was hired June 3, 2019, as a deputy public defender,” public information officer Pamela Johnson told the outlet at the time.

Howard K. Stern was active in Dannielynn’s life long after Anna Nicole Smith died

(l-r): Larry Birkhead and his daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, at the Kentucky Derby.
SOURCE: GETTY IMAGESLarry and Dannielynn

Although Howard was found not to be Dannielynn’s biological father, he remained a part of her life after Anna died. When his partner died, Howard became the Be Cool star’s executor and became responsible for many of the luxury possessions she acquired while she was alive.

In June 2020, The Blast shared legal documents of Howard’s plans to remove the storage unit he had been housing Anna’s belongings after selling many of them in a public auction several years prior.

According to Howard, the storage unit had become more expensive than the items over the years. Howard reportedly gave the stored items to Dannielynn, who was 13 then.

Howard K Stern and Anna Nicole Smith stayed in the Bahamas often. Credit: Getty - Minimum Fee
Howard K Stern and Anna Nicole Smith stayed in the Bahamas often.
Credit: Getty – Minimum Fee

Is Howard K Stern married and does he have children?

Howard and Anna Nicole were never legally married, though they did have an intimate ring exchanging ceremony in the Bahamas in 2006.

Since Anna Nicole’s death, he’s remained under the radar and does not have any children, after the paternity debacle with Larry Birkhead.

The attorney isn’t active on social media and reportedly never remarried or have children of his own, and if he has married, it’s remained private.

What is Howard K Stern’s net worth?

Howard is estimated to be worth $500,000 as of 2023, per TheSun.

In addition to being a lawyer in Los Angeles, Howard also ran a talent agency called Hot Smoochie Lips.

His net worth is thought to have increased after “marrying” Anna Nicole in September 2006, only a few months before she would die.

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