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Lindsay Lohan

New Lawyer NEVER Met

His California Sponsor

1/23/2013 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lindsay Lohan
's new lawyer has never met ... never even spoken to the lawyer who is sponsoring him to represent the actress in a California criminal court ... this according to the sponsor herself.

We broke the story ... New York attorney Mark Heller has filed legal docs for permission to appear in a California court -- where he is NOT licensed to practice law -- to handle Lindsay's lying-to-cops case.  To win that permission, he needs a California lawyer to sponsor him.

With more than 200,000 lawyers in CA, Mark chose one who has been an inactive member of the State Bar for 17 years.  Her name is Lindsay Berger Sacks, and she became an active member last week -- days before Heller filed paperwork to represent Lohan in court.

We spoke with Berger Sacks, and she told us she has never had a single contact with Heller.  Berger Sacks -- who seems like a very smart and charitable lady who says she has never practiced law a day in her life (and that's to her credit) -- told us she was actually contacted by an attorney who has worked closely with Heller in the past, Peter Toumbekis, a good friend of hers since Jr. High.  Berger Sacks told us she believed she was vouching for Toumbekis, not Heller.

But here's the deal ... Toumbekis didn't sign the paperwork to appear in the Lohan case -- Heller did, and what's more Berger Sacks signed the same paperwork with Heller's name on it.

So if Berger Sacks didn't know Heller yet only his name was on the paperwork, why did she sign it?  Berger Sacks husband -- who is also a lawyer -- tells us Heller's law firm is referenced in the paperwork and Toumbekis is working with the firm and will even appear at next week's hearing.  But the fact is ... it's Heller, not Toumbekis, who is asking for permission to rep Lohan.

This trial's gonna be interesting.

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106.

pattycakes not to be confused with pattycake    

You know ketjo was really wise and informative and insightful. Andyconda is freakin' hilarious,maybe naughty but funny and warm in personality. It's one person?

604 days ago
107.

Jay    

According to the NYDN:

"Lovelace" is slated to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week. The film also stars Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, and James Franco.


According to Radar:


Lindsay Lohan’s The Canyons Has ‘An Ugliness & A Deadness To It’, Says Festival Insider.THR that SXSW has joined Sundance in rejecting the film. Producers of the movie are freaking out because The Canyons doesn’t have a distributor to release it theatrically.the producers of The Canyons are considering releasing online racy sex scenes featuring the embattled actress, because the project doesn’t have a theatrical release date.

604 days ago
108.

Luv    

The hearing is tomorrow morning at 8:30 as to whether Judge Godfrey accepts Heller or who ever else is supposed to be her lawyer, or if by some chance Holley is not relieved of her duties. I'm having a hard time understanding all this!

604 days ago
109.

Reg    

Oh Mah Gawd, I just got frightened awake by a hideous nightmare, I was being chased by a blue sack with this monstrous duck bill attached to it. frightening!!!!!!

604 days ago
110.

Its Nikki Bitches    

Does anyone know if GaGa just played at the Staple Center.. Please answer, its important

604 days ago
111.

MsPhoenix    

The hand writing is on the wall... Lindsey will be doing jail time very very soon.

604 days ago
112.

Grandma Cracker    

Here is a little sneak peek into Heller's grand entrance to Commissioner's office tomorrow:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1PnImId0Z8

604 days ago
113.

Jay    

Radar is reporting that Lindsay would be put in rehab 9 months under the plea deal. No wonder she freaked out.

604 days ago
114.

Lucky_130    

Looks like Marvin is at it again. If anyone worked for this website it would be him and maybe even Rougie. I cant picture someone like Red Cloud working at all.

604 days ago
115.

Jay    

In what appears to be an all-or-nothing maneuver, Lindsay Lohan is rejecting a plea bargain that would put her in rehab but keep her out of jail and will go to trial, sources close to the situation tell RadarOnline.com exclusively.

In her seemingly never-ending litany of legal issues, Lindsay is facing criminal charges stemming from a car accident in Santa Monica, Calif. last summer. Lohan is accused of lying to police when she told them she was not driving at the time of the crash.


The troubled actress is rejecting a deal that would put her in rehab for nine months and taking her chances in court.

Lindsay fired powerhouse attorney Shawn Holley and is now represented by Mark Heller, who once had his law license suspended for five years.

“Mark believes he can get Lindsay acquitted of all criminal charges stemming from her car accident in Santa Monica last summer,” a source told Radar. “Lindsay has convinced Mark that she never lied to cops when they asked her if she was driving the car that day.

“There was a plea bargain offer on the table for Lindsay to go to rehab for nine months, but she absolutely refused that. Mark won’t sign off on a deal that sends Lindsay to rehab for more than 60 days.”

And in a move that would certainly be dramatic – and possibly disastrous – Lindsay may testify in her own defense!

“There is talk of Lindsay taking the stand because she feels that once a jury hears her side of events she will be acquitted,” a source told RadarOnline.com exclusively.

Lilo owes former attorney, Holley more than $300,000 in legal fees, as Radar reported exclusively.

“Lindsay owes Shawn over $300,000 in legal fees and she hasn’t made any payments to her in over six months,” an insider previously told us. “Lindsay hadn’t paid anything for any of the work Shawn has done on her three new criminal charges of lying to cops in connection with her car accident in Santa Monica last summer. Shawn has kept Lindsay out of extended jail stays for over five years now “

Heller is based in New York City, and has obtained the necessary license to practice in California.

“Mark will be with Lindsay in court on January 30 at which point a date will be set for the trial,” a source said. “Lindsay’s probation violation hearing would be held at the conclusion of the criminal trial. “

Commissioner Jane Godfrey already has revoked her probation.

Added the source: “Even if Lindsay is acquitted on the criminal charges, she can still be found in violation of the terms of her probation stemming from her necklace theft case.

“Lindsay has made it clear to Mark that she won’t be going back to jail, or to rehab under terms that she doesn’t agree to but it doesn’t appear that Lindsay comprehends the huge legal gamble she is taking by going to trial.”

604 days ago
116.

Its Nikki Bitches    

Thanks for answering me back about GaGa. The reason I ask is, Gavin was back stage taking pictures at Gaga's concert. They are on his Save The Society web page They are dated for 1/22.


Bwahahhahaha! GaGa picked Gavin over Loser Lindsay


P~R~I~C~E~L~E~S~S !!!!!!!!!!


There gose that Music Video that Red Crap tooted his horn to.

604 days ago
117.

Wow ...    

Did you hear the SWSX film festival rejects The Canyons movie as well. Says there is an "ugliness and deadness" to it. Ouch.

604 days ago
118.

LA Native    

Ha Ha Ha Gavin has been partying at the CM
.
http://instagram.com/p/Up6FOiLBYV/

604 days ago
119.

LeonLinusLeroy    

At this point, I would not be surprised if the little fck didnt show up in court and say. I decline representation. I'm such an excellent actress that I will pretend to defend myself, and pretend that I believe what I say.

604 days ago
120.

HannahF    

Query: Will Heller be staying at either The Beverly Hills Hotel or the Hotel Bel Air as both are owned by LL's Prince?

604 days ago
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