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Halle Berry

Fires Longtime Lawyer

Hires Legal Bulldozer

3/1/2012 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0229-halle_berry_steven_kolodny_tmzgetty-EXHalle Berry has dumped another man ... but this one has been with her way longer than all the others -- her longtime lawyer/confidante, Neal Hersh ... TMZ has learned.

Here's the lowdown. Our sources tell us Halle wants to go after her baby daddy Gabriel Aubry with nuclear weapons -- metaphorically speaking -- and she thinks Hersh is too much of a gentleman to wage that kind of legal war, even though he has guided Halle through 2 divorces, a custody war and various other legal skirmishes.

So we've learned Halle has hired Stephen Kolodny (above), who is legendary in L.A. legal circles for the level of legal warfare she so wants. You may recall Kolodny repped Mel Gibson in his epic battle with Oksana Grigorieva -- and that got kinda nasty.

Kolodny has already gone to court with Halle. We've learned last Thursday the new duo went to dependency court to have more restrictions placed on Aubry. The dependency judge has already ordered that Gabriel can only have contact with Nahla in the presence of a monitor. On Thursday, we're told the judge voiced additional concerns and ordered Gabriel to return the child to Halle earlier than the 6 PM deadline on days he has custody.

Kolodny will have his hands full trying to convince the family law judge that Halle should be able to move to France with the child because she's concerned about paparazzi and safety. 

One thing's for sure ... it's gonna get nasty.

Hersh and Kolodny could not be reached for comment.

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136.

esi    

It's one thing if she really is afraid for she/Nahla and if Aubry really is a money grubbing violent jerk (not saying he's totally a saint-but I will say he's not the vile monster Halle wants us to believe).However, that's not the case. Halle Berry gave up her right to bitch a) when she said she wanted a child & b) when she agreed to shared custody with Aubry.

931 days ago
137.

Joe    

I wish Halle would just go away already...She is a miserable nasty bitch...Isn't it kind of funny how every man she has ever been with has always been the problem?
From David Justice to Gabriel Aubry it is always the mans fault never ever HAlle...
Halle is just a spoiled little brat who expects every man to bow down to her and gets pissed when they don't..
Welcome to reality bitch!!

931 days ago
138.

Slick    

Didn't she attempt suicide when she broke up with her ex? If she did, I'd be afraid to give her custody, never mind the father.

931 days ago
139.

rosebud    

maybe she got rid of this lawyer because he got tired of going after a man thats not a deadbeat dad ,but a dad that wants to be with his daughter,just a thought.you create a soul together you raise it together, and you never turn a child against there father with lies ,this woman should have gotten a sperm donor,that way she doesnt have to be a bitch and do everything she can to keep this little girl from her father ,dads have rights to ,and sometimes they should get the kid before the mother ,just because you gave birth doesnt mean you own that child.but what really bothers me is why this woman takes up alot of time in the courtroom,a lot of wasted time.shes being selfish there are other people with serious family problems that need help.the whole world does not evolve around halle berry.

931 days ago
140.

Sloane    

it seems that all the anger/bitterness/pain that Halle felt from the abandonment of her own father...are mistakenly directed towards the father of her child
.
had her mother -a psychiatric nurse of all things- taken her for counselling to help her deal with that as a youngster- she wouldn't be this way now
or
if she were intuitive/intelligetnt enough to realize it now, she could go for counselling to help her understand it all so she would stop trying to punish Gabriel for what her father did!
thank goodness the court has ordered counselling for Nahla

931 days ago
141.

Bubbles    

To the person insisting Nahla is not Halles, she is, do you really think she would love someone elses child, a child that did not have her perfect genes, yeah right, and besides, sometimes Nahla really looks like Halle.

931 days ago
142.

cbm0609    

She is a NUT job!!!!!!!!!

930 days ago
143.

susan    

He is the father and has rights to see his daughter if he wants to and should be able to..She sounds like she is losing her marbles and this will not play out well for her in the public opinion poll..As one other already said, if she wanted a child to herself, should have used a sperm donor..

930 days ago
144.

pollypurebred    

She must be a really good actress, because she seems to have all these judges snowed..... I believe she is a psycho, and very cooly picked Olivier because of where he lives. Once she gets the OK to move to France, he'll be a thing of the past. She's using him, just like she used Gabriel. I feel sorry for her daughter.

930 days ago
145.

Frederella    

NEWSFLASH! NOT EVER WHITE FATHER IS ADMIRABLE AND HAS THE BEST INTENTIONS. Take it from one with an ******* white father, you're all sympathizing with the guy because it seems as if she wants to alienate him from their lives but obviously you can tell, for her to get to that point, the guy must've been a real ******* and brute. Trust me, my mother tried to coincide and cooperate with my father but he was inconsiderate, selfish and an emotional leech onto our lives. STOP ATTACKING HALLE, she carried her child, has the best intentions and I support her, mothers know best. Keep your chin UP Halle, unless he is adamant about hanging and you see a true difference then fight for your child! DO NOT let your child grow in an environment you see as potentially harmful she is innocent, and through witnessing the experiences of others this case is not so different from the ones from home.

930 days ago
146.

Joann    

I don't say things like this often but... Halle needs to be taken out of her misery. She is an increasingly disgusting person.

930 days ago
147.

Joao    

TRANSLATED: Gabe, get ready for more bogus allegations. She wrangle in the bitches from that sleazy L.A. Children and Family Services, the Court and that fvck-up nanny and devise a plan of attack. It's so obvious that it's not about the child, because Holly could give a gnats ass as to how her BS impacts her. Gabe has been treated like he's violent, crazed, individual... while Holly is playing her madness out publicly but the court is "selectively" blind. Then there's those bitches [and there may be a couple gay guys in on this-same difference] claiming that because Gabe is stern [I'm thinking the girl is spoiled and defiant] and Nahla knows that Dad doesn't play "Disney Dad" but keeps it real, that's cause to remove him FROM THE CHILD'S LIFE. What a crock of crap. Imagine, if the entire country raised their children according to the those cows at L.A. Department of Family and Children... you think we have a problem with self-centered, lazy, entitled kids. You've seen nothing. This chit is going to get NASTY and that poor Gabe is going to be dragged to the public square and stoned until he surrenders to those bitches. If Holly just wanted a sperm donor, Baby Daddy, she could have had her pick of black dudes. They'd be more than happy to bail out. But she thought she'd give her child that extra edge in using a tall, hot, white, model guy.

930 days ago
148.

Susan    

This sounds sad all around. He said/she said but she has alot of money for legal fees.

930 days ago
149.

SureThing    

She should be ashamed. She's just trying to remove the dad totally from the child's life. She chose this man and had a baby with him. Now that it didn't work out, she wants to act as though he isn't father and has no rights. If the child is a dependent, Halle can't take her out of the country either which means she has no legal rights. The court does.

930 days ago
150.

happy227    

Halle need to wake up and realize it's not about HER!!!! It's about their daughter! He is a good father, wants to be a father (unlike so many dead beat dads) so put your differences with your ex aside Halle and think about your daughter for once!!! Halle clearly has issues. I hope Garbriel fights til the end! His daughter needs him. If you ask me, I think Halle is doing more damage then he could ever do!

930 days ago
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