Meet the 15 key players involved in the Britney Spears conservatorship case (2022)

Table of Contents
Britney Spears is one of the most famous pop stars of all time Spears' family members known to be involved in the conservatorship Jamie is Spears' father, the primary orchestrator behind her conservatorship,and the current sole conservator of her financial estate Lynne, Spears' mother, says she wasn't involved with the logistics of the conservatorship until 2018 Spears' conservatorship judges Reva Goetz is the judge who initially granted Spears' conservatorship Brenda Penny took over as the judge overseeing the conservatorship case in 2016 Spears' conservatorship lawyers and other attorneys she attempted to hire Samuel Ingham, III, was appointed by the court to be Spears' lawyer in 2008 and served in that role until July 2021 Adam Streisand is a high-profile attorney who Spears initially wanted to represent her instead of Ingham Jon Eardley is another lawyer Spears attempted to hire Mathew Rosengart is the new lawyer Spears was finally able to select herself Former, current, and possible conservators of Spears' personal affairs and financial estate Andrew Wallet was appointed as coconservator with Jamie in 2008 Bessemer Trust was briefly a coconservator for Spears' financial estate alongside Jamie, but the company recently resigned from that role Jodi Montgomery has been a coconservator of Spears' personal affairs since 2019 Jason Rubin is a certified public accountant (CPA) who Spears has requested to replace her dad as conservator of her financial estate Lou Taylor is a business manager who some believe may have come up with the conservatorship idea in the first place. Taylor has denied this. Larry Rudolph had been one of Spears' managers since the mid-1990s, but resigned in July 2021 FAQs Videos
  • The conservatorship overseeing Britney Spears' life for the last 13 years has been in flux.
  • We've rounded up all the major players you should know about, from her dad Jamie to various lawyers.
  • In July, Spears was able to pick her own lawyer for the first time and she hired Mathew Rosengart.

Over 3 million people read Morning Brew Meet the 15 key players involved in the Britney Spears conservatorship case (1) ; you should too!

Thanks for signing up!

Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed while you're on the go.

Britney Spears has been under a conservatorship since 2008. Stripped of many legal rights, the pop star needs the permission of her conservators — currently, her father Jamie Spears and the attorney Jodi Montgomery — to make major decisions about her own life and finances.

In recent weeks, Spears has spoken out about her situation for the first time and retained a new lawyer to give her more control. But the path until now has been long and winding, and filled with family members and lawyers who have all, in one way or another, exerted control over her life.

Here are the 15 key people or entities who have been involved in Spears' conservatorship and the battle to end it.

Britney Spears is one of the most famous pop stars of all time

Meet the 15 key players involved in the Britney Spears conservatorship case (2)

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

After getting her start in the entertainment industry when she was just 11 years old, Spears signed her first record deal at age 15 and has since released nine studio albums.

(Video) Britney Spears conservatorship hearing special | ABC News

Now 39, Spears was first placed into the conservatorship after being sent to a psychiatric hospital when she was 26 years old.

Spears' family members known to be involved in the conservatorship

Jamie is Spears' father, the primary orchestrator behind her conservatorship,and the current sole conservator of her financial estate

Meet the 15 key players involved in the Britney Spears conservatorship case (3)

AFP/ J. Merritt/Getty Images

James "Jamie" Parnell Spears is Spears' father. Jamie is currently 69 years old and father to two kids, Bryan and Jamie Lynn, in addition to Spears.

His ex-wife Lynne alleged in her autobiography that Jamie has struggled with alcoholism since the late '80s. Lynne and Jamie divorced in 2002. Reports surfaced in 2010 that the two had reconciled without remarrying, but it's unclear whether they're currently still together.

In 2008, according to the New Yorker, Jamie led the effort to have Spears placed under a conservatorship, and took the role as her primary overseer. In 2019, he was removed from the section of her conservatorship that runs her personal affairs, but he remains the sole conservator for her financial estate.

According to a recent sworn statement from Lynne, Jamie has had "complete control" over Spears for the last 13 years. Lynne's statement also confirmed reports from 2019 about a "physical altercation" that happened between Jamie and one of Spears' teenaged sons.

Lynne, Spears' mother, says she wasn't involved with the logistics of the conservatorship until 2018

Meet the 15 key players involved in the Britney Spears conservatorship case (4)

Stephen Shugerman/ Getty Images

Lynne Spears (née Bridges) is currently 66 years old. She married Jamie in 1976, and they had three children together before their 2002 divorce. She later wrote a memoir, and said Spears had encouraged the separation due to how "years and years of verbal abuse, abandonment, erratic behavior, and his simply not being there for me had taken their toll."

When Spears' conservatorship was established in 2008, Lynne was supportive but, according to a report from the New Yorker, believed the legal arrangement would be temporary.

In July 2021, Lynne filed a statement to the Los Angeles court, saying that she became more formally involved with the conservatorship during a "time of crisis" in 2018.

(Video) How Britney Spears' Conservatorship Case Could Happen To Anyone

Lynne also said in the filing that she believed it was in Spears' best interest to remove Jamie from the guardianship, and said the relationship between her ex-husband and daughter "has dwindled to nothing but fear and hatred."

Spears' conservatorship judges

Reva Goetz is the judge who initially granted Spears' conservatorship

Reva Goetz served as a Los Angeles County judge between 2001 and 2015. Prior to that, she was a Malibu Municipal Court commissioner.

In 2008, she granted the initial petition to put Spears under conservatorship.

Goetz oversaw all matters related to the conservatorship until she retired in 2015, court records show. Goetz now works as an arbitrator in California.

Brenda Penny took over as the judge overseeing the conservatorship case in 2016

Judge Brenda Penny has overseen the Spears conservatorship case in the Los Angeles court since 2016, court records show. She initially oversaw the case in the role of probate commissioner, and was elected as a judge in the California Superior Court in 2018.

Meet the 15 key players involved in the Britney Spears conservatorship case (5)

Associated Press

Spears' conservatorship lawyers and other attorneys she attempted to hire

Samuel Ingham, III, was appointed by the court to be Spears' lawyer in 2008 and served in that role until July 2021

Samuel Ingham, III, a probate lawyer, was appointed by Judge Goetz when the conservatorship went into effect.

According to the New Yorker's report, Goetz granted a request from the conservators to "waive the requirement to notify [Spears] that any of this was happening."Spears had no say in the selection of Ingham as her legal representative. He remained in that role until his resignation was approvedin July 2021.

Adam Streisand is a high-profile attorney who Spears initially wanted to represent her instead of Ingham

Shortly after the conservatorship began, Spears told Judge Goetz she wanted Adam Streisand — a prominent trusts and estates litigator — to represent her. But Goetz barred Spears from hiring her own lawyer and blocked Streisand from intervening in the case.

In the years since, Streisand has publicly criticized Ingham and said Jamie Spears was exerting too much control over his daughter's life.

Jon Eardley is another lawyer Spears attempted to hire

After Goetz blocked Spears from having Streisand represent her, the pop star hired attorney Jon Eardley to appeal the decision and get the conservatorship invalidated. He argued that Spears was being denied due process.

Eardley lost the appeal in March 2008 with the court ruling, once again, that Spears didn't have a right to hire her own lawyer. Later on, Jamie, acting on his daughter's behalf, filed a restraining order against Eardley.

(Video) Britney Spears Charges Her Father With 'Conservatorship Abuse’

According to the New Yorker, the California state bar filed disciplinary charges against Eardley because he tried to represent Spears without her legal consent, and he was ultimately disbarred.

Mathew Rosengart is the new lawyer Spears was finally able to select herself

Meet the 15 key players involved in the Britney Spears conservatorship case (6)

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

In July, Judge Penny granted Spears permission to hire Mathew Rosengart as her personal attorney to represent her in the conservatorship. Rosengart served as a trial attorney at the US Justice Department during Bill Clinton's administration and has since been a go-to lawyer for celebrities and major companies in white collar criminal and civil litigation cases.

Rosengart's first efforts have been focused on ousting Jamie Spears from his role in the conservatorship.

Former, current, and possible conservators of Spears' personal affairs and financial estate

Andrew Wallet was appointed as coconservator with Jamie in 2008

Andrew Wallet, an LA-based attorney, was appointed as one of Spears' conservators when she was first put under the conservatorship in 2008.

At the time, Jamie was appointed as both Spears' personal and estate conservator, and Wallet served as a coconservator for her estate. He resigned from his role in March 2019.

Bessemer Trust was briefly a coconservator for Spears' financial estate alongside Jamie, but the company recently resigned from that role

Bessemer Trust, a third-party financial company, was appointed by the court to be a coconservator of Spears' financial estate in November 2020.

According to the New York Times, Bessemer had not yet started its duties, nor received any assets or taken any fees, by the time Spears gave her damning testimony to the court in June. The company filed a request to withdraw from the guardianship on July 1. That request was granted by Judge Penny, leaving Jamie as the sole conservator overseeing Spears' financial estate (but not her personal affairs).

Jodi Montgomery has been a coconservator of Spears' personal affairs since 2019

While Jamie remains as the conservator of his daughter's financial affairs, Judge Penny appointed Jodi Montgomery as Spears' personal conservator in September 2019. In that role, Montgomery makes decisions about Spears' health, housing, safety, and other issues related to her day-to-day care.

In her June conservatorship hearing testimony, Spears blamed her father for alleged abuse — includingforcing her to work and denying her the right to remove herIUD — but Jamie has sought to shift the blame to Montgomery. Lauriann Wright, Montgomery's lawyer, denied any wrongdoing on Montgomery's behalf and said she would introduce a plan to end the conservatorship in accordance with Spears' wishes.

(Video) Britney Spears Speaks For First Time At Conservatorship Hearing

In 2020, Spears had asked the judge — without success — to appoint Montgomery as both her personal and financial conservator.

Jason Rubin is a certified public accountant (CPA) who Spears has requested to replace her dad as conservator of her financial estate

On July 26, Rosengart filed an official petition request to have Jamie removed from Spears' conservatorship. The request said Spears wished for her dad to be replaced by Jason Rubin.

According to CNBC, Rubin is the president of Certified Strategies, "a firm that has experience in estate financial management, elder financial abuse investigation, investment fraud investigation and securities litigation."

Lou Taylor is a business manager who some believe may have come up with the conservatorship idea in the first place. Taylor has denied this.

Meet the 15 key players involved in the Britney Spears conservatorship case (7)

Getty Images

This section has been updated after Insider received correspondence from Taylor's lawyer.

Lou Taylor is the CEO of Tri-Star Sports and Entertainment Group, a management company that represents numerous A-list celebrities.

Pro-Spears activists have long accused Taylor of being one of the architects of Spears' conservatorship; the New Yorker's investigation reported that Taylor and Jamie had taken the initial steps in consulting lawyers about establishing a conservatorship together (Taylor's lawyer told the New Yorker that Taylor was "more of a listener than a contributor" in those calls and, after publication of this article, told Insider that Ms. Taylor was not "one of the architects" of Spears' conservatorship and that the conservatorship was "certainly not created with any contribution of Ms. Taylor or [her company] Tri Star.")

The conservatorship was established in 2008, and Jamie appointed Taylor's firm, Tri Star, as his daughter's estate's business manager in 2009, first for the Circus Tour and then, in 2010, for the estate itself. Taylor's firm abruptly dropped the Spears account in November 2020, according to court filings obtained by Los Angeles Magazine.

Larry Rudolph had been one of Spears' managers since the mid-1990s, but resigned in July 2021

Meet the 15 key players involved in the Britney Spears conservatorship case (8)

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

On July 6, Larry Rudolph reportedly sent a resignation letter to Jamie and Montgomery saying it had been more than two years since he and Spears had "last communicated," and that at the time she had told him "she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus."

The letter said Rudolph had "never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations." He wanted to resign from her team because his "professional services" as her manager were no longer needed.

"I wish Britney all the health and happiness in the world, and I'll be there for her if she ever needs me again, just as I always have been," the letter concluded.

(Video) Live: Court hears Britney Spears conservatorship case

FAQs

Who was involved in Britney conservatorship? ›

On February 1, Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz placed Spears and her estate in a temporary conservatorship at the request of Jamie, who became co-conservator alongside attorney Andrew M. Wallet. The approval process under Goetz reportedly took ten minutes.

What did the court decide about Britney's conservatorship? ›

Judge Ends Conservatorship Overseeing Britney Spears's Life and Finances. The pop star had called the arrangement, which governed her life for nearly 14 years, exploitative. A judge ruled it was “no longer required.”

How much money does Britney Spears get from her conservatorship? ›

But her conservators—including Jamie—had primary control of all this. The New York Times reports that Britney was given a $2,000-per-week allowance, despite the fact that she was earning millions.

What did Britney not do under her conservatorship? ›

Have a Child. In a court hearing to have her father suspended as conservator, Spears shared that she was not allowed to have children and was forced to be on contraception she didn't want to have while under the control over the conservatorship.

What did Britney Spears kids do? ›

Britney Spears

Who is Kevin Federline net worth? ›

He then became known to the general public later for a high-profile two-year marriage to American singer Britney Spears and the child custody battle that followed. As of October 2022, Kevin Federline's net worth is estimated to be roughly $1.5 Million.

What did Britney's parents do to her? ›

Britney Spears

Will Britney's conservatorship ever end? ›

Britney Spears' conservatorship has finally ended : NPR. Britney Spears' conservatorship has finally ended After 13 years living under a legal arrangement that controlled both her personal life and finances, the pop star was released from her conservatorship Friday.

Why did Britney conservator? ›

In recent court filings, her father Jamie's lawyers had said the conservatorship was "necessary to protect Britney in every sense of the word". They said: "Her life was in shambles and she was in physical, emotional, mental and financial distress."

Does Britney Spears see her kids? ›

Britney Spears Says Not Seeing Her Kids 'Breaks My Heart,' Slams Ex Kevin Federline. "I always TRIED and TRIED, and maybe that's why they stopped coming here !!! I wanted them to love me so much that I might have overdone it," she wrote of her teenage sons.

How much money did Kevin Federline get from Britney Spears? ›

Child Support Reports

After Spears and Federline divorced, and the latter obtained custody over their children, Spears was reportedly paying Federline $20,000 a month in child support, as well as tuition fees, school costs and funds for extracurricular activities, according to TMZ.

Is Britney Spears still rich? ›

According to Forbes, Britney Spears net worth in 2022 is an estimated $60 million. However, Celebrity Net Worth reports that Britney Spears' net worth is even higher at $70 million.

How does Kevin Federline make his money? ›

After his split with the Gimme More crooner, Kevin went on to try his hands on a number of professional careers. He has been a DJ, rapper, dancer, actor, recreational bowler, model, and even reality television star.

Why didn't Britney's kids go to the wedding? ›

Britney Spears' son Jayden James said that he didn't go to his mother's wedding in June because the rest of her family was not invited. Jayden James, 15, is the youngest of Spears' two sons with Kevin Federline, who won full custody in 2008 after the couple divorced in 2007.

Did Britney Spears kids go to her wedding? ›

Britney Spears' son is explaining why he didn't attend her wedding to Sam Asghari. In an interview with The Daily Mail that will air on ITV Friday, Jayden James, 15, explains how he and brother Sean Preston, 16, came to the decision not to attend their mom's wedding in June.

How old are brittanys kids? ›

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were married for three years and share two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's boys are all grown up. The former couple shares two children together, sons Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15.

Why is Kevin Federline rich? ›

Kevin Federline is a multi-talented American-born star with an estimated net worth of $ 6 million. He is a rapper, actor, fashion star and dancer. His wealth was primarily acquired from his multiple skills in different areas of entertainment. He is widely recognized as the former husband of Britney Spears.

Does Kevin Federline have full custody? ›

That left Federline with sole custody of the boys. In February that year, the singer's father, Jamie Spears was appointed as her conservator — giving him full control over her assets.

How much does Britney make a year? ›

Her sell-out world tours netting her tens of millions of dollars and Forbes named her as the world's most powerful celebrity, with an annual income of $40 million.

Will Britney Spears get her money back? ›

Britney Spears is set to gain full control of her finances and isn't required to pay her father's legal fees, a judge has ruled. The pop star will finally have full control over her financial assets after a 13-year long conservatorship, following a heated hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday.

How much did Britney Spears dad make off her? ›

Britney accuses her father of enriching himself, raking in more than $6 million from her estate during her conservatorship. In addition to being paid $16,000 a month for his role as Britney's conservator, Jamie also received a percentage of his daughter's tour gross revenues.

Does Britney Spears talk to her dad? ›

Spears and her father do not even speak, and any interaction with her father is unwelcomed and needlessly stressful." "The venomous nature of this relationship makes Mr.

Who ended Britney Spears conservatorship? ›

Britney Spears' 13-year conservatorship is over. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny terminated the court-ordered arrangement during a hearing on Friday.

Why did Jamie Spears end the conservatorship? ›

"Jamie promptly took steps to end the conservatorship to ensure Britney's estate is not depleted by a self-interested entourage of handlers, counsel, and other persons feigning concern for Britney's welfare after Britney voiced her desire to take control over her life and career," the filing (which was reviewed by ...

How did Britney's conservatorship end? ›

Britney Spears entered into a conservatorship with her father Jamie Spears in February 2008, which has given him control over his daughter's life and career for the last 13 years, and on Friday (Nov. 12), the arrangement was officially terminated by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

Who started Britney's conservatorship? ›

Britney Spears entered into a conservatorship with her father Jamie Spears in February 2008, which has given him control over his daughter's life and career for the last 13 years, and on Friday (Nov.

How old was Britney when Conservatoring? ›

Spears, who turns 40 next month, was still a top draw when, as a 26-year-old parent of two small children, she was placed under a conservatorship in 2008 following a spate of erratic public behavior.

Who is Jodi Montgomery? ›

She Was Previously Britney's Care Manager

Prior to taking on her temporary role as the conservator of Britney's person, Jodi was labeled as the entertainer's “care manager” in court documents.

What happened with Jamie Spears? ›

After more than a decade of fighting against the arrangement, Spears' father was suspended by the court in September 2021, and the conservatorship was ultimately terminated in November 2021.

Does Britney Spears see her kids? ›

Britney Spears Says Not Seeing Her Kids 'Breaks My Heart,' Slams Ex Kevin Federline. "I always TRIED and TRIED, and maybe that's why they stopped coming here !!! I wanted them to love me so much that I might have overdone it," she wrote of her teenage sons.

Does Britney Spears talk to her dad? ›

Spears and her father do not even speak, and any interaction with her father is unwelcomed and needlessly stressful." "The venomous nature of this relationship makes Mr.

Why did Britney need a conservatorship? ›

Britney was put under conservatorship following her very public breakdown in 2008. Following a year of seemingly erratic behavior—such as shaving her head and attacking a paparazzo's car with an umbrella—the singer was put under a "5150 hold" in a psychiatric hospital for a mental health evaluation.

What is Britney Spears sister doing? ›

Jamie Lynn recently returned to acting with a role on the Netflix series “Sweet Magnolias” and now is doing the rounds to promote her memoir.

Is Jodi Montgomery still Britney's conservator? ›

After an L.A. judge formally terminated Spears' personal and estate conservatorship, Jodi Montgomery — who served as the pop star's personal conservator — expressed her happiness with the court's decision in a statement to PEOPLE. "Throughout the conservatorship, Ms. Montgomery has been a tireless advocate for Ms.

Why did Jamie Spears end the conservatorship? ›

"Jamie promptly took steps to end the conservatorship to ensure Britney's estate is not depleted by a self-interested entourage of handlers, counsel, and other persons feigning concern for Britney's welfare after Britney voiced her desire to take control over her life and career," the filing (which was reviewed by ...

Videos

1. Britney Spears wants to press charges against her father over conservatorship
(ABC News)
2. How Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Case Drew The Attention Of Congress | NBC News NOW
(NBC News)
3. INSIDE THE TRIAL: Hollywood Attorney explains Britney Spears' conservatorship | 60 Minutes Australia
(60 Minutes Australia)
4. Britney Spears’ ‘abusive’ conservatorship explained
(TRT World)
5. Jamie Spears Suspended: Experts Explain What This Means for Britney Spears' Conservatorship | PEOPLE
(People)
6. Britney Spears Wins Key Step In Court Battle To End Conservatorship
(MSNBC)

Top Articles

Latest Posts

Article information

Author: Kieth Sipes

Last Updated: 12/08/2022

Views: 6093

Rating: 4.7 / 5 (67 voted)

Reviews: 82% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Kieth Sipes

Birthday: 2001-04-14

Address: Suite 492 62479 Champlin Loop, South Catrice, MS 57271

Phone: +9663362133320

Job: District Sales Analyst

Hobby: Digital arts, Dance, Ghost hunting, Worldbuilding, Kayaking, Table tennis, 3D printing

Introduction: My name is Kieth Sipes, I am a zany, rich, courageous, powerful, faithful, jolly, excited person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.