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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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151.

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!

861 days ago
152.

Different-Time-Zone    

On March 16, 2026 Nahla will be 18.
Her father will be 50 and her mother will be 5 months shy of her 60th birthday... looking younger, of course, thanks to successful face-lifts.

861 days ago
153.

ZooBug    

I wonder if any of this would be happening if Olivier Martinez wasn't in the picture. I agree with everything you guys are saying about Halle's selfishness but why aren't you including Olivier in this? Surely he must know what she's doing and is going right along with it. It's not like she would have invited herself to live with him in his Paris pad right? He's a fricken home wrecker too!!

All I can say is GABRIEL KEEP FIGHTING!! And God bless you! You're clearly a great dad and you clearly LOVE your daughter. I pray to God you win.

861 days ago
154.

FLO    

This woman is unstable, she tried to commit suicide when men leave her. This has never been about Nahla, it is always about Berry being unable maintain a civil relationship with any of her men. I would love to see all her exes come forward and testify to just how nuts she is lied and how she maligned them all.

I think Nahla is not safe with Halle or her current mount.

861 days ago
155.

jennie    

This isn't about moving to France due to paps. This about what Halle wants and the inconvenience of having to think about the father of her child in all decisions until their daughter is 18. It seems so obvious, why his Gabriel having to endure this endless torture plus financial burden of the courts to fight to be there for his daughter. I hope they get a judge that won't put up with this crap of lies and pushes back on Halle. If she wants to go to France, go, leave your daughter with her father. She will be better off than havign to go through the ordeal and drama of Halle's relationship with her next soon to be ex-husband/boyfriend.

861 days ago
156.

Sincerity    

Frankly, "NONE OF US" have any idea what the DCFS investigation uncovered. I suspect that Gabriel Aubry is a "REAL PIECE OF WORK" behind closed doors and Stephen Kolodny will do what's necessary to protect Nahla's welfare. Whatever "deep, dark" secrets Gabriel Aubry wants to keep hidden, it would be to his "ADVANTAGE" to call a "TRUCE" via a "PRIVATE" mediation. Halle Berry wouldn't have switched attorneys, if it wasn't to "HER" advantage!!! At this point, he still has custody rights but this may not be the case once Stephen Kolodny finishes with his "TRIFLING" AZZ!!! Brokering a "reasonable" private settlement would be a "WIN-WIN" for all concerned parties!!!

861 days ago
157.

MH    

TEAM Halle! Let the racist hate you carried her for 9 months and know what's good for her. Gabe is a loser and needs to get a job. Modeling careers don't last forever especially for males. The Local Piggly Wiggly is hiring.

861 days ago
158.

anonymous    

I hope this teaches other men out there do not have children with that lady she a crazy man hater I swear!

861 days ago
159.

saronmw    

hmmm..I wonder if Olivier is having any regrets about Halle after seeing what she is capable of doing. It's sad when a Father that loves and takes care of his child/children is treated this way. It makes me sick.

861 days ago
160.

Sunset    

Halle is disgusting! She is a witch. Her daughter will hate her one day for keeping her away from her father. Karma is a b!!ch! She is harming her daughter and does not even care.

861 days ago
161.

Robert    

THIS B.......CH IS CRAZY, SHE NEVER WANTED THIS GUY, SHE MADE A FOOL OF HIM, NEVER PUT HIS NAME ON THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE, SHE JUST USED HIM FOR HIS COLOR, DUMB B...ITCH, NEVER LIKED HER, SHE HAS MENTAL ILLNESS. DON'T BUY HER TRASH AND DON'T GO SEE HER MOVIES.

861 days ago
162.

nellie    

No matter how good her lawyer is and all the money she is spending in the long run he will win the case,because the judge is going to see that all she wants is cut off the father with any ties,so she can move in with her lover,she is putting her needs first instead of her daughter's... Lost Case!!!

861 days ago
163.

Jess    

SOME of you act like you're all knowing. SMH Where there is smoke there is fire. I hope this man hasn't been secretly beating this woman and she's too embarrassed to say so. She could be a victim. Do you think good looking men are incapable of doing horrible things? I pray nothing ever happens to her daughter by the hands of this man. SOME of you would be looking hella dumb.

861 days ago
164.

Kelly    

Halle - I've been a long time fan but I've lost a lot of respect for you over this custody battle. You can't take a child away from their father. Put Nahla first, you and your boyfriend second.

861 days ago
165.

Girltalk    

You're losing fans faster than you can blink. The general public knows how wrong it is to try and squeeze out another parent. It's selfish and pathetic. Good luck.

861 days ago
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