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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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61.

FLO    

This vile woman makes the "C" word looklike a term of endearment and I hope hers and Ollies careers are finished for this.

911 days ago
62.

weisenheimer    

Berry wants out of the U.S. because her PR image here is slaughtered.Americans can't stand her for what she's doing in this custody case, her movies bomb, she's obsessed with snuffing Aubry out, and her daughter is the one who loses in this deal

911 days ago
63.

Sonja    

In other words she's going to lie and manipulate to get her way in the courts and her long time lawyer is just not up to wrongfully making this father's life a living hell. Says alot, poor kid.

911 days ago
64.

Me    

Sloane # 49 : Alec Baldwin took his daughter to the Oscars. It seems she is getting older now, and has realized she wants a relationship with her father. One that her crazy mother Kim Bassinger was trying to prevent. Not sure if there are pictures posted anymore on the web, but they both looked happy in the photo's they posed for together.


My guess is, when Nalah is old enough, she will resent Halle, and seek out her father, if in fact Halle is successful in keeping her away from Gabriel for now.

911 days ago
65.

Me    

She's such a B***h !!

911 days ago
66.

Renae    

If this guy is negligent he shouldn't be alone with his daughter; however, the judge may need to check Halle too because she seems to have some psychological stuff going on. I can clearly see why she has been divorced 2 times and can't keep a man in spite of her good looks. And with all the men voluntarily doing nothing for their kids she should be grateful this child has a dad who actually wants to be around.

911 days ago
67.

Genjerleigh    

Halle Barry is a bad mother for trying to keep her daughter from her father. Every child craves a relationship with their birth parents. You can't replace him with a step-daddy cuz she's always going to want a relationship with her real dad. Halle is just setting her up to be a female with daddy issues. She's not doing this for her daughter's benefit - she's being selfish because she wants to move to france with her fiance and forget the inconvenient fact that she has baby daddy. She shouldn't have made the baby if she didn't realize it meant a life long relationship in one for or other with the baby daddy

911 days ago
68.

dunc    

This is a disgrace typical bitch does not get her way, at least he was good enough for sperm. Just wait the DV card will come out soon.

911 days ago
69.

Oh My    

Halle, just some advice. Making good decisions is cheaper and less trouble than hiring lawyers to try to fix bad decisions.

911 days ago
70.

MH    

You people crack me up. I am sure Halle called TMZ and told them this bit of information. Get a job and stop believing everything you read on a GOSSIP site. That's right GOSSIP site. Pure speculation!!!!!

911 days ago
71.

Terri    

Halle Berry, You need intensive psychological counseling!!! Maybe you need a monitor with you when you have Nahla! Maybe Gabrial doesn't parent the same exact way you do but honey, you chose him to be your baby's dad. Now, let him be a dad!

911 days ago
72.

Anon    

I think Halle Berry canceled the Oscars because she has NO FRIENDS in Hollywood. Her agenda against Aubry is so obvious that no one can stand her and no one would talk to her which would have made for a long night. I can't stand her anymore either and if there's a way she could get charged for parental alienation, it would be poetic.

911 days ago
73.

pam    

I had always liked Hally Berry , as an actress, although I never though her worthy of the Oscar. Now I got to thinking this woman goes through man after man , after awhile it makes one wonder (or I do) can it or is it ALWAYS THE GUYS FAULT? She stays with a guy for about two years and then bye-bye....sorry but only in Hollywood would this person not be called a ho. And I love how Kevin Spacey, Johnny Depp and other actors make all there money here in the US but live in France and England SO THE Paps will not bother them. I do not bother watching there movies anymore either.

911 days ago
74.

Yolanda    

It's more like a catch-22.

If she makes all this noise then she is 'trying to alienate the child from her father'. BUT, if she had let it go and something happened to the child, then she would have 'allowed the abuse to extend to her daughter because of her own abused background'.

Since i am not there i will leave the name calling to the HATERS. Name calling not only degrades your view, it also makes you seem hateful. Express your opinion WITHOUT derogatory name calling. IJS

JMO: Whatever 'PROOF' that she is submitting to the juvenile court and the dependency courts obviously is making the system nervous. What other reason could there be for them to CONTINUALLY decrease his time.....oh wait i know......it's alllllll Hallie Berry's fault......

At what point does this GROWN MAN become responsible for his actions and whatever he's doing?

911 days ago
75.

anon    

I will never watch any movie that POS is in. That judge is an idiot and should be ordered to step down if he can be swayed that easily. I feel sorry for Aubrey and his child.

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