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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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106.

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

862 days ago
107.

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

862 days ago
108.

DaGreatCoolRay    

Wow, whatever she is going through is so serious that she is willing to cut off longtime relationships with members of her inner circle. More subtle/ no so subtle steps towards isolation. It seems that she is still struggling to break the cycle of things that led to problems in the past. Hope it all works out.

862 days ago
109.

Phoenix1    

He was good enough to father her child, but now he isn't good enough to parent said child? Get over it Hally! You picked him! And there is no way in hell I would allow her to take that child out of the country! That man has rights! Being an actress does NOT make her the better parent!

862 days ago
110.

jabby    

You go girl! Get rid of the cracker!

862 days ago
111.

Simon    

It's called Parental Alienation and it should be illegal, Halle Berry should be ashamed. What's more disturbing is these Judges seem to be falling for it and not putting the best interest of the child at the forefront. The courts fail responsible fathers time and time again and we wonder why society is messed up! Unfortunately Karma rarely get's people like this.

862 days ago
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mr mason    

I am curious why no one is looking into Halle's past with men in general.
Haven't all of her relationships ended poorly? It seems that she is the one with the mental issues and should have restricted access, not the father. I can only hope Gabriel can show his side fairly. Halle clearly has some major issues.

862 days ago
113.

Eclectica    

I've never seen Halle's body guards. Not even one. So saying that she is concerned about paparazzi and safety is laughable.

862 days ago
114.

Suet    

Does anyone ever wonder why all of Halle's relationships end in a name calling nasty battle>

862 days ago
115.

Googie    

Now we know the answer why even though she is beautiful, she can't hold on to a man. She is a b i o t c h.

862 days ago
116.

Josh    

Hey Halle... the world hates you.

862 days ago
117.

RaffyBStatenIsland    

Any man who isn't siding with Halle Berry has GOT to be gayer than Jack from "Will & Grace."

862 days ago
118.

Nancy    

I like Halle less and less with every story like this I read about her--actually, I don't even need to read the whole story--it's right there in the headlines.

862 days ago
119.

Bexs    

SHE IS A BIG B!TCH!!

862 days ago
120.

JennyT    

Halle had this child w/Aubry. He has the right to see his daughter and be a part of her life & the child has a right to her Father. I think H is being a BITC. Everything is not all about you Halle.

862 days ago
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