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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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91.

gigster    

she's nasty

964 days ago
92.

d    

Typical baby mama poor guy is all I have to say no wonder she hasn't locked down a husband.... What a nightmare for the poor guy....

964 days ago
93.

Cee    

I know Eric Benet is praising GOD he did not get her pregnant.

964 days ago
94.

Cleveland Gal    

Disgusted with Halle Berry and ashamed that she is from my hometown.

964 days ago
95.

Sandra Garza    

She is such a scorned byatch. Just let it go and let him see his daughter. Other women wish their kids parent would be around and this bya is the opposite. She is such a scorned women and whatever other men did to her she is taking it out on her baby daddy. Just cause she thinks she has more power. She couldn't do the others like that cause she were on the same level ass her and she knew better. But poor baby daddy he does not have as much money as her. I hate her...she seems like a sycho ass women. She is not what she portrays to be.

964 days ago
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bolu10    

Who would want to keep a child from there father, I just don't get it..There are so many children that would do anything to have there father in tyhere lives and yet this woman is trying to keep them apart..very ungrateful and selfish.

964 days ago
97.

Kyle Smith    

YOU GO GIRL !!!!!
Her baby daddy is psycho and needs more then ‘anger management’ classes to control that bizarre temp of his !
Btw Halle & her new family (Olivier Martinez and Nahla) are soooo freakin’ cute

964 days ago
98.

Praying for Gabriel    

This is crazy, poor Gabriel, does he even have that kind of money to fight them. Would be wonderful if Judge give him full custody, but he needs a good lawyer.

964 days ago
99.

kitkat    

OMG! I'm so tired of her trying to strip the custody from the father! Apparently, he was good enough to breed with, but not good enough to care for the kid? Get over yourself, Halle! She needs to realize she is going to be tied to him for the rest of that kids life, whether she likes it or not.

964 days ago
100.

JennyRL    

What's going on?

964 days ago
101.

Jess    

This is insane at what point does what she is
doing proving she is just crazy if it was any one
else they would not even be hearing it cause she
has lost her mind how many times does she need to
lose her cases after a certain amount of time this
should be considered abuse of the system

964 days ago
102.

Ella Thomas    

She'll probably end up losing her daughter altogether. Judges now have the authority of removing a child from custody of both parents if they feel the environment the child is living in has become so hostile that the child's emotional and mental health could be compromised. Personally, if it was me I'd take that child and give her to some parents who put her needs above their own.

964 days ago
103.

Josh    

Can't stand this nasty vindictive tramp.

964 days ago
104.

bolu10    

Who would want to keep a child from there father? I just don't get it..There are so many children that would do anything to have there father in there lives and yet this woman is trying to keep them apart..very ungrateful and selfish. Sad the little one is not able to make the choice, when she is older and Googles her Mom & Dad, she will totally "Get it" and know who the real culprit was..

964 days ago
105.

ViableV    

Halle "Dingle" Berry: An unwanted lingering piece of s.h.i.t that's the closest thing to an a.s.s.h.o.l.e

964 days ago
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