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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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loungecat    

What a hateful beast, she should lose custody for trying to alienate father and daughter.

875 days ago
32.

The Truth Hurts    

I can't stand this flaming ****. I will avoid anything to do with this Psychowinch. California is a gestapo state, no where else in America do the courts get so unnecessarily involved in peoples life's.

875 days ago
33.

charlie    

It must be so sad to be Halle Berry.....Poor Nahla

875 days ago
34.

leslie    

all of the parental ailienation moves are about your childhood issues, go work them out. it is wrong to take away your daughter's father, by doing that you will cause long term issues for her. shame on you!

875 days ago
35.

lisa2    

Halle is a beyotch!
Let the child have a relationship with her father.

What a snake, so disgusted will NEVER watch anything she is in. Crazy, crazy stuff...

So sad for the child.

875 days ago
36.

Clara    

Yes, she wants to move to France because she is concerned of papparazzi. I hope one of Gabe's first exhibits in trial is a photo of Diana's crunched up car...

875 days ago
37.

Clara    

I don't understand why this woman leave such nasty break ups in her past. This man doesn't deserve it.

875 days ago
38.

writenow    

Dear Aubrey,

Give it up. When Kolodny is on the case, it's pretty much over. Although you may be the only one in Hollywood not to know that. . .when the going gets tough, everyone goes to Kolodny. Those in the know, Begin with him. The rest play catch up.

875 days ago
39.

cristy    

Halle Berry you'ar a psycho bitch !!!

875 days ago
40.

UPYOURS    

Lovely person, NOT. She doesn't get what she wants, so she hires the "big guns". She needs to stop and let her daughter know her father.

875 days ago
41.

virgosiempre    

Is Halle nuts. France is the country that cost Princess Diana her life......papparazzi in France are fierce. Sounds kind of heartless to take your child out of the country. Children need their Mothers and Fathers.

875 days ago
42.

Ann    

no more halle berry movies. Ever.

875 days ago
43.

New Orleans    

Every day that child is with her wackjob mom is another day she's guaranteed to be crazy too. Halle is a menace to society. Her Frenchie guy oughta run for his life. He will be next.

875 days ago
44.

Tale    

It looks like Halle will react with lawyers and a bunch of lies if Gabriel doesn't do or agrees to what she wants.
Her new boyfriend is French, she wants to move there, Aubry must have be opposed to it, she threw a fit and went to her lawyer to find a way to get what she want. If discrediting Aubry is what it takes, she does it.
Weird how while she was with him he was the best dad, how loving and implicated and once they split, he became a terrible person.
By lying and making up stories she will end up losing her daughter. Kids are no stupid, she will figure it out one day.

875 days ago
45.

HumanNature    

NOBODY KNOWS A DAMN THING WHAT IS GOING ON IN OTHER PEOPLE LIVES!!!


GET A GRIP!!!

875 days ago
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