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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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76.

DV    

Hope Olivier is taking careful notes because his turn will come. Halle is one spiteful, vengeful, vicious woman.

884 days ago
77.

Keyser Söze    

That woman is just getting uglier by the second.

884 days ago
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brigi2te    

This is exactly what is happening with my brother and his wife. She is trying to keep him from seeing their daughter. Her parents are paying her legal fees so she doesn't care how long it takes. Mean time he is going broke trying to get divorced and 50/50 custody. I do not understand why a mother wants to keep the father out of the childs life. It isn't right to the father or the child. These women do not think about the baby at all.

If the guy is dangerous I can understand it, but just because he supposedly pushed the nanny doesn't mean he would harm the child. Supposedly the judges in family law want the parents to come to 50/50 for the childs sake, but obviously it is more of who has more money to drag it out and what lies can be told to seem believable. Having seen what my brother is going through I will never divorce and put our son through any of the tricks people pull in divorce!

884 days ago
79.

Pamela    

I am so glad that her career is over, her latest movie is going straight to DVD on April 24. Hahaha...

884 days ago
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charley    

THIS BITCH IS WAY TO CRAZY...SHE IS TURNING INTO A A REAL PYSCHO........WOW...SHE IS OUT TO GET GABRIEL ANYWAY SHE CAN......HER HATRED IS JUST THAT OF A WOMAN WHO WILL GO TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH TO DESTROYHIM...ONLY THIS MAKES HER OUT TO BE INSANE...OLIVER HOPE YOYRE WATCHING ALL THIS BITCHES DRAMA...CAUSE YOURE HER NEXT VICTIM!

884 days ago
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minnietx    

She seems like too much drama. She dated the guy and seem to like him in the beginning and had a baby with him, and now he is a bad person. I don't get it! She should just negotiate a visitation and move on, work out some kind of agreement on the France deal (eyes rolling). I admire him for wanting to be with his daughter, some men move on and don't care. Halle should be happy he wants to be involved. She is so self absorbed. Little girl will resent her one day! I think Halle is a bubble off IMHO!!

884 days ago
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Jackie    

So sad, people forget at point and time they loved each other and made a beautiful child together. So sad, he is her father also, and the only ones getting hurt in this arguement is the child and lawyers get richer no wonder she has been married so many times

884 days ago
83.

Buddy The Elf    

What a psycho freak she is.
Her ego knows no bounds - the poor victim yet EVERY relationship she blames the guy.

You need therapy lady.

884 days ago
84.

kassy    

In other words she won't rest until Aubrey is completely out of little Nahlas's life. What a selfish and controlling little pig.

884 days ago
85.

MyOpinionOnly    

Well...talk about confirming EVERYTHING all of us have been saying from the beginning: She will do ANYTHING SHE CAN to try and strip that man from his daughter. I hope hell rains down on you for your karma you demented, selfish, horrible, vindictive, evil awful mother! Your daughter will deservedly grow up to HATE YOU.

884 days ago
86.

lat    

Is it just me but does this woman get into a epic battle with all men that she sleeps with?? Here's a thought...maybe it's Halle Berry that has the problems.

884 days ago
87.

Carol    

I think Halle has issues she seems to be a bad judge of character, and makes really dumb decisions. He either is vilolent or not if he is he needs help but it's not ur call to cut him outer life! Just protect her. She want to move because of her man, she been fine here all this time

884 days ago
88.

Amy    

Halle is just being a scorned bitch.She has no rights what so ever to keep a child from their father. Unless theres harm he's caused and I dont see any of that.

884 days ago
89.

barbara    

she's a b***ch!!

884 days ago
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dolly    

I read that Halle Berry used an Egg Donor to make this baby, due to her age. And she is very worried that the baby's father, whose sperm was used to make the baby, will reveal that Halle Berry is NOT THE REAL MOTHER. She wants to silence him before he reveals she is not the biological mother, and the REAL mother is an egg donor.

884 days ago
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