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Opri Fires Back

4/2/2007 3:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Debra OpriDebra Opri has just issued the following statement regarding the legal fees she charged Larry Birkhead:

"One can only imagine from whom and for what purposes these stories were started. I cannot comment on unauthenticated documents which were disseminated to the media under suspicious circumstances, and which are covered by the attorney-client privilege. I can assure you, however, that all of the fees and expenses incurred on behalf of Mr. Birkhead were reasonable, necessary, and appropriate, given the complexity and magnitude of this very high profile case that was litigated in two different states and a foreign country. Out of respect for Mr. Birkhead, I cannot comment further at this time."

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31.

MG    

Just think, Daniellynne may end up paying for all of this.

2726 days ago
32.

GINA    

LIAR! LIAR! PANTS ON FIRE!!!

2726 days ago
33.

Funny Girl    

#15 - I agree with you!

2726 days ago
34.

sassypoch    

That's lawyer talk for you. She got caught. She should have known, being this is such a high profile case, that she would get caught.

2726 days ago
35.

For Justice and the American Way    

You all loved her when she was spewing hate towards Howard Stern, but hate her now.

At least the bitch knows what's it's like to have all this negativity thrown at her as she has thrown at Howard.

In the end YOU will ALL get what's coming to you, too. Ruining a man without any evidence. How can YOU sleep at night.

2726 days ago
36.

VERA OAKLEY    

WHAT I THINK IS LARRY AND OPRI HAD DNA TAKEN FROM DANNIELYNN WHEN SHE THREW-UP ON LARRY BIRKHEAD ON HIS VISIT WITH THE BABY AND THE RESULTS ARE BACK AND SHE HAD TO EXCUSE HERSELF BECAUSE SHE KNOW THAT LARRY IS NOT THE FATHER AND IT WOULD BE FRAUD IF SHE PERSUED THE LAWSUIT AND SHE CAN'T SAY BEDCAUSE OF ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LARRY BIRKHEAD HIRED ANOTHER ATTORNEY KNOWING THAT OPRI CAN'T TELL SO NOW HE CAN MILK THIS AS LONG AS HE CAN MAYBE A BOOK DEAL AND OTHER INTERVIEWS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE LARRY' BIRKHEAD'S BEFORE PICTURES WITHOUT ALL THE PLASTIC SURGERY HOW ABOUT SCHOOL PICTURES AND HAVE WE EVER ASKED LARRY IF HE HAS TAKEN DRUGS WITH ANNA OR TAKEN ESTASY ,POT , PAIN MEDICINE AFTER ALL HIS PLASTIC SURGERY NOSE JOB CHEEKS, CHIN ETC, LETS SEE THE BEFORE PICTURES AND SEE WHAT HOW MUCH YOU LOOK LIKE THE BABY, DNA CAN BE TAKED WITH BABY SPIT AND HOW MUCH TIME YOU HAVE SPENT WITH DANNIELYNN , AND OPRI KNOWS BUT ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILGE SHE CAN'T SAY NOTHING BUT SHE DID EXCUSE HER SELF?

2726 days ago
37.

Legal Eagle    

She's a freakin' liar.

Legal fees are not covered by attorney-client privilege. . . only materials "prepared in anticipation of trial" are considered part of the work product privilege. Liar.

She's a thief, too. Attorneys are not allowed to charge for everything but the kitchen sink. The American Bar Association has very specific rules, and there is a plethora of legal precedence on this matter. However, client beware---when you challenge an attorney's legal fees, an exception to attorney-client privilege kicks in and attorneys are allowed to violate privilege in order to show that the legal fees are reasonable.

Even if, arguably, $400+ an hour is reasonable, it is not reasonable to believe that a client should foot the bill for extravagant dinners or pay for a mininum of 10 hours each time the attorney has to board a plane. Not so, and not reasonble. The test is one of "reasonableness."

This makes me angry, because it's attorneys like her that give other lawyers a bad name. Greedy, unethical b*tch.

2726 days ago
38.

Leslie    

You I was wondering why she would want this publicized anyways, it's only hurting her chances at more business. She is essentially outing herself as a money grubber and the fact that she wildy overcharges her clients. This woman obviously doesn't want to work again.

2726 days ago
39.

Juniper    

I hope she bursts into flames.

2726 days ago
40.

X    

Yeah right she claims she is quote ethical but presents this bill ??? And If she did say anything bad about Larry after He fired her.... she is most certatinly unethical herself.. esp since his case is not decided even yet.. what did she do?? Did she get him his baby ...NOT!

2726 days ago
41.

Linda    

DEBRA OPRI insults our intelligence with that statement. She should have simply stated that could not comment, based on attorney-client privilege.

But she can never keep her BIG MOUTH shut. She felt compelled to try to justify the charges. AS IF there could EVER be a justification for the $50 tip at Outback, the $2,467.75 at Graycliff restaurant, etc.

We weren't born yesterday and neither was Larry.

I do not think Larry would have released this information so Deb better track down the person in her accounting office that did. Obviously, the person is sympathetic to Larry, so he/she is my new hero..

2726 days ago
42.

overdahill    

Debra,
Just stop talking. You are making it worse.
I am sure you will get paid (accordingly).
Any reasonable person would be a little miffed about a bill like that.
REASONABLE being the operative word.
He hasn't even gotten his baby yet. (All can see that it is his and should be with him.)
You should have issued a statement about how you are happy about the way the court has ruled in the bahamas.
If you were to have issued a statement of support for Larry it would have made you look better.
Debra, Stop talking it makes you look just awful after all the work that you have done.

2726 days ago
43.

JCA    

How's THAT for damage control! She's robbing Birkhead BLIND probably because HE dumped HER in the dating arena. What a shallow bitch!!!

2726 days ago
44.

Pam The Real Pam    

Hahaha, some great comments here, made me laugh. Lawyers didn't get their scumbag reps for nothin'.

Larry is NOT the daddy.

2726 days ago
45.

Janene    

Seems like the saga continues on everyone wanting a part of Anna Nicole. Everyone who came into contact with Anna on any level seems to want the big bucks.

I certainally hope that the baby will be with her daddy soon!!! This has gone on way to long!

2726 days ago
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