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Debra Opri Bills Birkhead King's Ransom

4/1/2007 4:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Debra Opri, Larry BirkheadTMZ has learned Larry Birkhead got a Fed Ex on Saturday, and it was not good news. It was a bill for legal services from Debri Opri, the lawyer he fired two weeks ago. The total: $620,492.84.

Opri billed her services out at $475 an hour. Here are some of the charges:

- A total of three $1,500 monthly charges for Luck Media & Marketing, Opri's personal publicist.

- On March 1, 2007, the day before Anna's funeral, there is a charge of 10 hours for "preparation for and attendance in Bahamas re services and var. meetings re same." On the day of Anna's funeral, there is another 10 hour charge with the exact same language. Ironically, TMZ knows Birkhead asked Opri not to even attend the funeral, but she did anyway. On March 3, Opri charged yet another 10 hours for travel from Nassau back to L.A.

- On February 24, 2007, while Opri and Birkhead stayed at a private residence in Ft. Lauderdale during the Florida hearing, Opri billed $600 for Seafood World. We're told she brought four trays of lobster to the house. The bill says, "Dinner gift/Ft. Lauderdale house stay." But it was no gift to Larry. That same day, she billed $211 for items at Publix grocery store.

- March 8, 2007, Opri billed $161.65 for an Outback Steakhouse dinner. And get this -- the bill was for $111.65. Opri left a $50 tip and billed Birkhead, who wasn't even there!

- Opri billed Birkhead $4,265 for Cingular roaming service while she was in the Bahamas.

- Opri billed Birkhead 18 times for Diva Limos that took them to and from the Ft. Lauderdale courthouse to the private residence.

- October 22, 2006, Opri billed Birkhead $1,116.16 for a dinner at Graycliff, a restaurant in Nassau. The note next to the charge is "Alexiou atty mtg." Alexiou is Birkhead's lawyer in the Bahamas. Birkhead was not present.

- The next day, October 23, Opri billed $2,467.75 at Graycliff restaurant for another meal. The charge again was for "Alexiou atty mtg." Again, Birkhead was not present.

- Also on October 23, Birkhead was billed $25.75. The item -- "laundry service Zawacki." Zawacki is Opri's husband, who was present on the trip. Ouch!

- Opri's bill reveals that "20/20" is more than a TV show -- it's the number of hours she bills for a "20/20" interview with Larry Birkhead. Opri and Birkhead went from L.A. to New York City on December 9, 2006, did the interview and returned the next day. Opri billed 10 hours travel time each way.

In all, the packet of bills Birkhead received today totaled 112 pages. Opri offered Birkhead a bargain: Instead of the $620,492.84 bill, she offered him a discount at $511,365.09, but only if he accepts immediately. Opri wrote, "I'm still willing to accept the discounted billing at this time, but only without further discussion."

TMZ contacted James Levesque, Opri's publicist with Luck Media & Marketing. He said, "Debra Opri always gets paid. That's what she does for a living." Beyond that, he wouldn't comment on the bill. Opri could not be immediately reached for comment.

UPDATE: TMZ has just obtained a statement from David Owen, Opri's lawyer. He said, "We're pretty confident that her bills are fair and reasonable and he has not paid them. She is entitled to be paid and he stiffed her and her bills are fair and reasonable."

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61.

Just Guessing    


WELL IT LOOKS LIKE WE'LL HAVE TO START A FUND FOR LARRY .

DEBRA -- I USED TO HAVE RESPECT FOR YOU BUT I THINK THE LOBSTER ATE IT !!!

YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF. I THOUGHT YOU WERE BETTER

PEOPLE GUESS I WAS WRONG .

2770 days ago
62.

where is the justice    

No wonder he let her go.!!!!!!!!!! How dare her charge him those fee's for going to the funeral after he told her not to come there.UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2770 days ago
63.

it's no longer called news    

For The chronicle

Funny, can't seem to find this mythological 'editorial' on Daniel's autopsy tissue not tested for chloral hydrate in the Houston Chronicle. Is it by any chance written by the same 'journalist' that did the Stern hired a PR piece? The only journalist who doesn't want his name on it?

Provide a real link. Failure to do that will prove you are a fake and impersonator. Provide the real link and I will apologize.

2770 days ago
64.

Justice for Larry fan    

Larry should take the discount Opri is offering, if she will let him pay her off in installments. He needs her. I hope they get back together for the sake of both the baby and Larry. Good luck!

2770 days ago
65.

Mee    

If any friends or associates of Larry Birkhead's is reading these comments, please set up a fund on Mr. Birkhead's behalf. I'd be happy to contribute towards this admirable gentleman's cause.

2770 days ago
66.

janedoe    

Pay your bill Larry!!!!!! And hurry up, because she is giving you a pretty good discount. This is a classic case of broke ass people trying to play in the big league. He wanted the best, and that comes with a price. What is everybody gonna do when they realize Dannielynn has no money??? Hell, Vergie can't pay, Larry can't pay, Howard has no income. Someone please put that child in a loving adoptive home, with people that will love her just because she should be loved. Neither one of the three should be allowed to raise that baby. And all the bleeding hearts here, how many of you help babies in your own communties that need help? Start a fund for Larry.......hell, you better start a fund for your own damn kids for college. Some of you folks really need to get a grip.

2770 days ago
67.

jane doe    

My bf had to fight for custody of his son after the Mother willingly gave up custody. It was a lot of money that he would have rather spent on the child. But, he did win custody. I have been told to become a lawyer, but I think I have too much of a conscience!

2770 days ago
68.

LIN WOOD LOOKS LIKE A WOMAN ABUSER HIMSELF!    

GOOOOOOOD! WE SCREAM FOR JUSTICE FOR DANIELYNN AND DANIEL!

GOD PLEASE HELP LARRY AND VIRGIE, PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !

TO MUCH CORRUPTION IS MAKING IT HARDER FOR EVERY BODY!! SPECIALLY FOR INOCENT ORPHAN DANIELYYN! SOOOOOO SAD!

2770 days ago
69.

Ya Think?    

I work for a law firm. Billing for travel time, meals, tips and even meetings where the client isn't present are routine as long as the matter is being discussed. I like Larry. I'm really, really pulling for Larry. But he had to know that he was going to be billed for all these things; his retainer agreement with Opri had to have spelled it all out. It may seem greedy to some people, but who was supposed to pay for all those things? The lawyer?

In the end, Larry Birkhead can sue Koward, his family, his attorneys and anyone else who dragged this out and make them to pay his legal fees. I hope he does. Koward Killer Stern deserves to burn for his hand in this mess.

2770 days ago
70.

Jean    

I never did like Opry and she is so full of it!!!!
What a bitch!!!
Most of those charges were for "dinners" when Larry wasn't even there!!!!

2770 days ago
71.

Rhonda    

Opri will be lucky to ever work in this country again.

2770 days ago
72.

Moe - no relation    

i think HKS should have to pay for any expense occured after annas death, reguarding paternity and anna's estate should have to pay for the time before her death

if you take off to another country to evade our laws then it should be at your expense to pay attorneys for bahamian law

high dollar attorneys win but the charge for it - she made her name before him (and during him) so thats the breaks

2770 days ago
73.

Lenn K.    

Damn Debra, you're hosing the hell out of Larry. You got so much face time and you're change him for everything, hell are you sure you're not changing for your mortagage and car payments. You are truly one cold bitch!!!!!!!!!1

2770 days ago
74.

Lady Hadenough    

48. BLOG SITES INFILTRATED BY BLOGGERS-FOR-HIRE
© 2007 The Houston Chronicle
Wed Mar 28 2007

It has recently come to light that the lawyers representing Howard K. Stern have hired a public relations firm in an effort to turn his reputation around. A source who is an employee at the office of one of Stern's several lawyers says that Stern's team of advocates are "desperate" and "quite alarmed" that, despite their best efforts to sway public opinion in Mr. Stern's favor, polls indicate that the vast majority of respondents remain vehemently convinced that Stern played a role in the deaths of model Anna Nicole Smith, 39, and her 20-year old son Daniel Wayne Smith.

"The lawyers are scrambling," says the source, who prefers to remain anonymous. "I think they figured people would change their minds after the [autopsy] report was released."

On Monday of this week, Dr.Joshua Perper, Medical Examiner for Broward County in Florida, released his autopsy findings. Dr. Perper determined that Ms. Smith died as a result of a drug overdose and that her death was an accident.

Based on one recent poll, 9 out of 10 respondents did not agree that her death was an accident.

"The blogs are saying differently," our source said. "A lot of people are wondering how the medical examiner could base his findings on testimony that came from people who would be the first ones to lie if they had anything to hide."

According to our source, the internet is filled with blogs, or message boards, where the public can post their opinions about the Anna Nicole Smith case. One such blog can be found at TMZ.com, an entertainment site that posts news related stories about celebrities.

"Mr. Stern's folks have been monitoring the blogs for months now," our source said. "They've been trying really hard to change people minds [about Mr. Stern]. The problem has mushroomed and it’s beyond their capabilities to handle.

"I suppose because they're figuring he may be facing charges here [in the United States], they hired our agency. Part of our job will be to go on the blogs and try to get people to change their minds about their client. People's opinions can affect the jury pool and change the outcome of a trial."

Coincidentally, Mr. Stern's concerns about a tainted jury resulted in an unexpected delay in yesterday's inquest proceedings in the Bahamas. The delay came about because of Mr. Stern's wish to do away with the jury or at least have the opportunity to question the 7-person panel about their impartiality. Such a request is unprecedented. The inquest procedure is rooted in a Common Law tradition dating back almost 300 years.


Posted at 10:08PM on Mar 31st 2007 by The Chronicler

Chronicler- Thank you!!! I just KNEW that HKS had a PR firm planting shills on boards and blogs like this one and Court T.V!!! There are these bullies that threaten anyone that says anything negative about HKS!! It's blowing up in their face!! Good! Now, if only the moderaters at Court tv and TMZ and other places can just spot these paid off lackeys and get rid of them, that would be wonderful...

2770 days ago
75.

LIN WOOD LOOKS LIKE A WOMAN ABUSER HIMSELF!    

*70 by ME ------THANK YOU, I AM ALSO WITH YOU! LETS HELP LARRY!

2770 days ago
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