EXCLUSIVE: Judge Refuses To Allow Oksana's Lawyer To Represent Her In Court

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Oct. 22 2010, Updated 9:35 a.m. ET

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Oksana Grigorieva suffered a brutal legal blow when a Los Angeles judge rejected her lead attorney's request to practice law in California, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

Martin Garbus, the famed defense attorney in the Pentagon Papers case, had filed a pro hac vice motion in court Thursday -- a move that would have admitted the New York-based lawyer to practice in the Californian jurisdiction.

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"This is devastating for Oksana because here you have her lead counsel unable to work on the case and speak on her behalf in a court of law," said a source.

"It is a major problem for her legal team because she needs a lead counsel that has family law experience."

The judge told Team Oksana they could make a second bid to have Garbus appointed pro hac vice again on November 10 -- a crucial date set down in Grigorieva's bitter legal battle with ex-lover Mel Gibson.

Garbus has defended a host of major names, including Robert Redford, Al Pacino and Spike Lee.

Interestingly, it was Grigorieva's former bodyguard, Kristian Herzog, who introduced her to Garbus, RadarOnline.com has learned.

Herzog, a convicted felon who once impersonated a cop with a loaded gun, claimed he was "very intimate" with the Russian musician, 40.

But as RadarOnline.com first revealed, Grigorieva insisted "it is a lie... I have never had sex with this man."

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