Blair Berk has represented many Hollywood actors, including Queen Latifah, “Saturday Night Live” comedian Tracy Morgan and actress Tracey Gold. She also represented Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens, who in 2004 pleaded guilty to possession of obscene materials and received three years informal probation.
Most recently, Berk teamed up with her partner in Tarlow & Berk, Barry Tarlow, to defend prominent USC geneticist William French Anderson on child molestation charges. In July, Anderson was found guilty by a Pasadena jury of four counts of child molestation.
“It’s my only love,” said Berk, a Harvard Law School graduate with 15 years of criminal defense experience in California.
Berk isn’t just a defense attorney. She is also a staunch opponent of paparazzi and has represented actresses Reese Witherspoon and Lindsay Lohan as witnesses in connection with criminal investigations of shutterbugs who have chased down and frightened the two women. In Lohan’s case, one paparazzo collided with her car as she attempted to flee a barrage of cameras on Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles last year.
Of the Gibson scandal, Berk would only say, “I’m the only lawyer in town who thinks it’s inappropriate to talk about a case that is pending.”
Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson said Berk’s job in defending Gibson is fairly straightforward, “though it’s never routine when you have a celebrity,” she said.
As a first-time DUI offender, Gibson most likely would get probation plus a fine and perhaps community service. He was charged Wednesday with one count for allegedly driving under the influence on July 28, another after registering a blood-alcohol level of 0.12 and thus exceeding the legal level of 0.08, and a third count for alleged possession of an open container of alcohol while driving a motor vehicle. His arraignment is September 28 in Malibu Superior Court. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail.
However, Levenson said Gibson’s offensive and anti-Semitic comments at the time of his arrest could prove more troublesome for his legal team.