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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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46.

Stiletto    

"even though he has guided Halle through 2 divorces, a custody war and various other legal skirmishes."

Maybe she should quit worrying about getting a better lawyer and just get her head out of her a$$ and start living her life right.

969 days ago
47.

Sloane    

good for Neal Hersh for not going along with Halle's campaign to destroy her daughter's father
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interesting that she is spinning it as he's "too much of a gentleman" for the job rather than what is probably the truth- just because she has money is not a valid enough reason for him to participate in her destroying someone in her selfish quest- since he won't do her bidding she'll find a less ethical pitbull who will!
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too bad she's not "too much of a lady" to get so nasty!
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sadly she seems to be the female version of Alec Baldwin
Baldwin is still fighting vindictively in the courts after all these years for custody of his teenage daughter-as well as publicly berating his ex-wife Kim Basinger every chance he gets
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and on the other hand is Kim Basinger- you have heard nothing from her or her lawyers in all the years of being dragged through the court system
and all the while the daughter is now old enough to tell a judge if she wants to live with her dad-obviusly she doesn't
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in my mind Halle is like Baldwin- vindictive/refusing to give up no matter what the cost to her daughter or the financial cost
- publicly voicing her side by herself or through 'her people'
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and Gabriel Aubry is trying to keep a low profile and just love his daughter (similar to Kim Basinger), hoping that the court system will be able to see and judge fairly- not swayed by Halle's fame and unreasonable demands
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so sad for the children of people like her and Baldwin who end up being used as pawns by a vindictive parent ....that is a form of child abuse in my mind.....

969 days ago
48.

Sloane    

good for Neal Hersh for not going along with Halle's campaign to destroy her daughter's father
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interesting that she is spinning it as he's too much of a gentleman for the job rather than what is preobably the truth- just because she has money he won't do anything and everything she wants- he has ethics and a conscience! not all lawyers at that level do
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too bad she's not "too much of a lady" to get so

969 days ago
49.

JennyEP    

What's going on?

969 days ago
50.

pattycake    

hit and run C%nt

969 days ago
51.

Sloane    

sorry about the repeated posting
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don't know what happened as I only clicked once to activate the comment ????

969 days ago
52.

Tiggy    

Halle: Mommy Dearest!!! I hope that Gab ends out on top and she ends up alone. This is what money does to most; turns good people into stupid mean people. I don't know why she is so "out to get" Gab., probably nothing. Halle just tripping!! This little girl will grow up to HATE her mother, it will be interesting in about 10 years to see where Halle and Nah are?? TEAM GAB!!! Halle go to hell!!

969 days ago
53.

Rodriguez    

my friend's ex-wife makes $65 every hour on the laptop. She has been without work for eight months but last month her pay was $21260... just working on the laptop for a few hours. for more details visit Lazycash15.com

969 days ago
54.

esi    

What bull****! Halle's the one who picked out Nahla's old school, Halle's the one who notifies the pappis not Gabe (other than the KK-which was funny and tacky) is not an attention whore like Halle. How do you think they know where's she going most of the time? When Halle was married to David & Eric she used to throw parties for the tabloid media--how do you think she always got on People's lists etc. One of her former best friends was Nancy what's her name w/Access Hollywood/Inside Edition who leaked Halle's pregnancy news. There are pictures and videos on the Internet of Halle's staged tirades where Nahla is seen upset with the pappis when her PR team/Nanny is playing photo wrangler.


Nope it's not over...I don't care who Halle has on her legal team. Yes, this proves she's insane. Firing her lawyer of over 20 years because he wants to still be a member of the bar.

Still total bs about the monitor bit--don't see one here:
http://www.justjared.com/2012/02/20/gabriel-aubry-nahla-zoo-fun/ from 2/19 or so.

Nor do I see any monitors from Gabe picking up Nahla from her new school: http://celebritybabyscoop.com/2012/02/29/gabriel-aubry

No judge in their right mind will go for this. Come on this is TMZ, how reliable are they with all the details being fed to them mainly by Team Halle. They even lied about in the last legal round that Aubry has a chance of losing his custody rights, which wasn't true.

Known fact, it can take a judge up to 6 months to rule, plus since they have shared custody of Nahla-Aubry (if he still has any rights by that time) has to agree to the move.

If Halle's fearing for her life why has she, her fake fiance w/or w/out been seen since last ruling without bodyguards? Is she going to Skype in her therapy and co-parenting classes from some Parisian cafe on the Champs-Elyeese? Is OM going to run his Miami restaurant from France? Even if Halle goes with him to Miami's South Beach, she still has to get Aubry's okay take Nahla out of state.

So, Halle can keep blowing money she doesn't have on this fiasco.

I just hope justice will be rightly served.

969 days ago
55.

Jen    

It seems like she just wants him to give up the child altogether, as if she can just erase that part of her life. I completely agree with her trying to protect her child from abuse, but she needs to just come out and admit that her real intention is to keep giving Nahla new dads until she finds one that's good enough.

969 days ago
56.

SUN    

Really starting to not respect her anymore... Seems to me she is inventing issues with her daughters father, because she is done with him, and probably wants to leave the country, and move to France or someplace...lol

969 days ago
57.

ripped off    

BEST MOVE YOU EVER COULD HAVE MADE!!NEAL IS NOTHING BUT A SELFISH ASS AND HE ONLY CARED ABOUT TAKING YOUR MONEY!!!
GOOD JOB...MADE MY DAY.

969 days ago
58.

kayla    

Believe me, this child is going to make Halle Berry regret doing this, I have seen this sort of thing before and the kid grew up and hated his mom and became super close to his dad.

969 days ago
59.

Rae    

Gabriel has court ordered supervised visitation with Nahlia to protect Gabriel from Halle's crazy accusations. Halle Berry is a terrible mother. She is selfish and crazy. She should have used n anonymous sperm donar, since it has become obvious she has no intention of co-parenting. Halle Berry is a nightmare who gives women a bad name. SHAME ON HER!

969 days ago
60.

lorjon    

Who is going to ever be able to stop this woman? It's so obvious that she hates men especially those she feels she cannot control. And interesting that her own sister says that all the stories Halle spews out about their abusive dad are not true. Shows you that beauty can mask a lot of internal demons and fool a lot of people. She got where she is on her looks only but deep inside is a very trouble individual and not your typical actress who needs "rehab" for alcohol or exhaustion. This is much deeper.

969 days ago
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