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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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Jesop    

The Halle-hate is racism as far as I can tell.

How is she wrong? This dude is clearly a vindictive, racist sociopath and Halle has decided to exercise her parental rights to have him surgically cut off. Real simple.

By the way, Halle's daughter is BLACK and he needs to deal with that.

973 days ago
182.

Josh    

@Jesop: It appears to be YOU who is the racist! Typical racist strategy to blame others for being racist when it is really you. Just like how blacks call whites racists for not voting for Obama. Well, 50% of whites voted for Obama, and 95% of blacks voted for him. Get the drift? I think we can see what color is TRULY racist!

973 days ago
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ZooBug    

Just found this article about Gabriel and Nahla. It's so sweet it made me cry.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2109615/Gabriel-Aubry-gives-colourful-daughter-Nahla-lift-custody-battle-drags-on.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
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Pray for Gabriel.

973 days ago
184.

mimi    

I lost respect for Halle. If he was good enough to be her daughter's father he is good enough now. Team Gabriel

973 days ago
185.

CA    

She is beautiful, but definitely something wrong with her.. crazzyy

971 days ago
186.

CA    

She is beautiful, but definitely something wrong with her.. crazzyy

971 days ago
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Tia    

WOW. Looks like everybody is mad at Halle! But, from what I've been reading this guy only wants custody so that he can get paid. He denies their child is mixed race and says she's white and has been ordered by the court to have monitored visits because of neglect and child abuse. I've read he's called Halle the "N" word. Hope the little girl doesn't make him mad. Wonder if he'll call her that word too. I would bring out the big guns if I were her too. I wouldn't want my daughter alone with him either!

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