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EXCLUSIVE:

Gibson Lawyers Up

8/2/2006 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Barry Tarlow and Blair BerkTMZ has learned Mel Gibson has hired a prominent law firm to represent him in connection with his arrest in Malibu last Friday.

Gibson has hired the firm of Tarlow & Berk, a high-powered team based in West Hollywood, California, that has repped a number of celebrities in cases. Barry Tarlow, who turned 67 today, has represented Courtney Love, among other notables. Tarlow has been a TV "talking head" on a number of celebrity cases.

Blair Berk, 42, has represented Lindsay Lohan, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Tracy Morgan, Tracey Gold and Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman). The cases of Morgan and Gold both involved DUI.

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