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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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166.

Jessica Lomeli    

Thanks for saying bulldozer and not put bull how you previously had.

882 days ago
167.

Maileeann    

One day soon that little girl is going to hate her Mom. Is it really worth being such a cold hearted biatch Halle?

882 days ago
168.

kk    

Halle is a BI*CH..She will say anything to get full custody of the kid. Just, so she can move with her present boyfriend. Which sooner or later she will leave him. She goes through guys like Kim K

882 days ago
169.

tigress    

This is so sad a father who wants to be involved in his child's life and this bitter witch doesn't want her child to have a daddy just because she got dumped. This happens all the time and it is the children who suffer in the end. Ms Berry is being selfish and clearly wants to hurt this man just because he has someone else. Next time I hope she uses a sperm donor. You couldn't pay me to see her movies.

882 days ago
170.

Lois    

this poor baby girl is already in therapy. that says it all.

882 days ago
171.

MasktRacer    

Halle, On the outside you are one of the most beautiful women on the planet, but inside you are a nasty fugly h0e. Get some help for your psycho man hating problems... Glad you want to leave the USA, so we don't have to put up with your diva attitude in our court system.

882 days ago
172.

ROSE    

HALLE BERRY MUST REALIZE IT TOOK TWO TO MAKE THAT LITTLE GIRL. SHE ALSO MUST REALIZE SHE CHOSE AUBRY TO HELP MAKE THE LITTLE GIRL. HE IS THE FATHER,

HALLE, IS BEING SELFISH VERY SELFISH, SHE ISA GOING TO DAMAGE THE LITTLE GIRL IF SHE DOESN'T STOP IT.

MAYBE HALLE HAD TO LIVE WITH OUT HER FATHER AND THIS IS WHAT IS THE DRIVING FORCE TO THESE FALSE CLAIMS ALSO, SEENS LIKE SHE IS TRYING TO ZERO IN ON EVERY LITTLE THING AND EVEN SOME MADE UP THINGS,

THIS IS ENTITLED TO VISIT HIS CHILD WITH OUT A SPY AROUND AND THIS IS ALL THE NANNY IS A SPY FOR HALLE.

HALLE IS LOSING THE RESPECT OF PEOPLE AND PEOPLE CAN SEE THROUGH HER PLANS , JUST LIKE MOVING TO FRANCE,

SP IT HALLE, YOU COULD LOSE YOUR DAUGHTER WHEN SHE IS OLDER BY BEING SO SELFISH.

882 days ago
173.

MasktRacer    

What is with these people using ALL capital letters in their posts? You do know that means you are SHOUTING? Makes you look like morons..........

882 days ago
174.

Dawn    

With ALL of the stories being leaked and information which is ALL negative about only Gabriel, I wish his camp came out and said something in his defence! She wants to decimate her ex and ruin him so he will never rear his head again! She DEMANDED he drop everything to take care of THEIR daughter while she made a movie, he dare to say "No!" then she turned to teaching him a lesson! He brought forward a court case for him to be recognized as Nahla's father and she decided to get him! This has NEVER been about Nahle it is ONLY about Berry winning! I would like to know what is actually happening in the court, also I hope that she is NOT allowed to take the child out of the country! I hope her career and reputation implode because of her hatefulness!

882 days ago
175.

minnietx    

Halle's future; will eventually end up old and alone in France. Begging Nahla to call her from LA, after she moves in with her dad at 18 and starts college, with Halle's money. The curiosity of her father and what he is like will bring her to the US, trying to nurture a relationship with him. Halle will eventually take to pills and buy a few boy toy european lovers, to stroke her ego she will be old by then. Crying in her booze and pills everynight.

Halle to avoid this future, pick a nice neighborhood with nice children on the block, with her fathers house around the corner, can't you sacrifice a few years of your crazy, nutty self to do right by your daughter and your self. Wake up girl you are about to meet Karma...Get to the doctor and get professional help, even with pills and all Kim Richards took care and loved her children...I don't suggest drugs and booze but whatever gets you through the night...Take Nahla on a nice vacation to France or buy her a great education there but for now you better play nice...Halle seems so restless like she always has to have drama going on she needs professional help....per little Nahla....

882 days ago
176.

minnietx    

BTW: Gabriel has 8 siblings, think of all the family little Nahla will never know.

882 days ago
177.

matty    

Years and years ago she left the seen of an accident that she caused (a hit and run)--her reason for running: she had a concussion and was confused--always thought that was a weak explanation...why did she leave the scene..????

882 days ago
178.

steve smith    

halle's tits look spectacular.

882 days ago
179.

ray    

Halle Berry should be ASHAMED! Shame on her to want her daughter to be estranged to her father & have an another man ( her man of the moment; today its Olivier tomorrow its gonna be Paul) act as a father figure. Halle you are not making WOMEN look good in general! she def need professional help.

882 days ago
180.

RCG    

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!!!

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