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Donald Sterling

Legendary Lawyer to Grill Donald Sterling

6/26/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bert Fields
-- who can reduce a grown-ass man to tears -- has been tapped to cross-examine Donald Sterling in his fight to block the sale of the L.A. Clippers.

TMZ Sports has learned ... Shelly Sterling's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, will try the case when it goes to trial ... examining doctors, financial guys and many others.  We're told O'Donnell has asked Fields -- his law partner -- to do the honors when Sterling takes the stand.

Fields is known for brutal cross-examination.  He would not discuss his strategy, but he did say if the judge allows Donald to challenge the findings of doctors that he isn't mentally competent to run the team, his goal will be to show the judge Donald has lost it ... and that could be brutal.

Fields told us he cross-examined a guy last year who broke down in tears on the stand.  He says, "I thought it would have an impact on the jury, and it did ... I won."

The famed lawyer also says it's almost inevitable the tapes first posted on TMZ Sports will be introduced in the trial.

Fields has repped some of the biggest names in Hollywood ... Tom Cruise (bringing a tabloid to its knees), George Lucas, Michael Jackson, John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, and on and on.

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kewljewl    

Nice! So ur gonna break down a guy with Alzheimers! Ur awesome dude!

87 days ago
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Seldombinlaid    

Good luck to this lawyer. You know that this team owner is loosing it head wise. What are myou goingf to do, besides make your self look mean? Why did someone have this shemale record these things, and give it to the media? I'm sure you'll find that she instigated it That's where the trouble started, in the mans own home. All of us from time to time say something that we wish we could pull it back, and have not said it. Sometimes, I have to appologize to my wife from time to time. She does the same.. This team owner is going to have his lawyer hand him his ass in the court roo. Unless someone is going to threaten somone, or threaten our country, he can say what ever he wants in his own home. It's freedom of speech, being as it was never meant for anyone else to hear what he said. So he has demntia?? It's the commisioner( You know the thumb with ears )... Who was to quick to sentence this guy. He's the one who turned something that should have been not said outside of his house. The media, and his law firm he's using follow the money. You know she didn't do this for nothing, as in biting the hand that feeds her. She gained something for doing this...

87 days ago
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myopinion    

Enough is enough Leave that old man alone.

87 days ago
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cluesarethere    

Just because this lawyer is good at what he does doesn't mean Donald is mentally incapacitated. He'll come off as a bully, that he is, picking on a senior citizen. The good thing is, either way Donald wins.

87 days ago
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Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

Make it stop. Stop reporting

87 days ago
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Areader    

Hopefully the judge will ask who gave TMZ the tapes!

87 days ago
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CelebrityScum    

Lawyers are azz holes.

87 days ago
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Anarchyinanaheim    

Larry H. Parker

87 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

J vs J ♠♠♠

87 days ago
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LT1014    

I lost all respect for this man once he lost the discrimination suit and had to settle out for 2.8 million. On top of that, in typical racist and bitter old man fashion he has his wife impersonate a health inspector just to gain access into his tenants homes...These are actions not just ideas and conversations. Everyone has prejudiced thoughts/ideas but when you go into action with those thoughts in mind along with the disregarding of peoples basic human rights and you justify these actions by believing people are inferior and don't deserve to have their human and civil rights respected...Once you do that you are truly a racist and a disgusting human being. I can see how some ignorant douche can justify ds ideas but Idk how u can justify his actions... He sucks and people that back him up suck too.

87 days ago
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bart    

Yes all lawyers are bottom feeders. I like how they always have billings more than the settlements. I am sure this guy will make Sterling look more like a clown and fool. We want her side to win so a sell can be completed and this idiot/racist is out of basketball.

87 days ago
12.

FREEDOM    

STERLING WILL HOLD HIS GROUND. HE ALSO HAS AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN INTERCEDE AT ANY POINT.

87 days ago
13.

beccerz    

this donald sterling bs is so last month.

87 days ago
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Politico Pablo    

Donald can always pull a Reagan,

Well-- I just don't recall. Say that to all his questions.

87 days ago
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max    

Bert Fields broke down Bauer Media in the Tom Cruise suit? Hahahahahahaha!!!! That's a good one. If I remember correctly Tommy tucked his tail between his legs and went home after he got embarrassed by things that came out of discovery.

87 days ago
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