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Lindsay Lohan

Fires Attorney Shawn Holley

1/14/2013 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lindsay Lohan
has made one of the worst decisions of her life ... firing Shawn Holley -- the lawyer who has kept her out of jail multiple times -- and hired a New York lawyer, who was suspended from practicing law for 5 years back in 1994 ... sources tell TMZ.

Lohan is facing criminal prosecution in both California and New York.  Attorney Mark Heller is repping Lindsay in the NYC assault case. Shawn Holley was repping LiLo in L.A. in her multiple criminal cases -- most recently the car crash where she allegedly lied to cops. 

It's a stunning development -- given that Holley has taken heat for being too effective, keeping Lindsay out of the pokey in the jewelry heist case as well as several probation violation cases. And she's almost magically made some criminal investigations disappear.

Sources connected with the L.A. prosecution of Lindsay tell TMZ ... Heller -- who according to the New York Times has been called a "menace to the public" by some lawyers -- sent a letter to Holley saying he was now repping her on all criminal matters.

Bad timing on Lindsay's part, because sources tell us ... Holley was literally on her way to the courthouse when Heller sent his letter -- she was trying to negotiate yet another sweet settlement for Lindsay in the lying-to-cops case.

Calls to Holley were not returned.

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181.

IndyMike    

Nothing will happen. The US legal system is one of the most corrupt in the world.

561 days ago
182.

exlax    

linzey your dad called an said sam was on the rag again this month

561 days ago
183.

ilovegossip    

Ok, I'm not going to believe this until I hear it from someone other than 'sources'... but I have to question whether Heller can even represent her if he isn't licensed in CA? That doesn't seem right.

Wow...the only enabler here has been Nicole. Where is everyone shooting this down??? Kind of odd.

561 days ago
184.

Luv    

I bet the plea deal from Holley involved jail time, and Heller blew smoke up Lohan's ass and told her he could get her off.

Big mistake, Lohan. You're screwed.

561 days ago
185.

Dave    

Shawn's lucky day!

561 days ago
186.

Herenthere    

Hi Seamus! What a BITCHO!!! You drinking this time? ;)

561 days ago
187.

Dave    

Please don't put her in jail! How could I live without more of her movies like "Dick and Liz" coming out?

561 days ago
188.

Lisa    

Shawn is gonna end up on welfare that is money on the bank

561 days ago
189.

LLsez    

Maddy? Nikki? Everyone...Lemon Drops??!!

561 days ago
190.

942903    

Bye Bye Lindsay, I hope you like turkey twizzlers :)

561 days ago
191.

kanye east    

Introducing:

The Lindsay Lohan Legal Shark Corporation

While their "crack" legal team had been trying desperately to keep it under wraps until the grand opening, this unpleasant situation has forced their hand, and now the entire solar system knows about Lindsay's latest endeavor. Her attorneys have more experience getting lowlife drunken, uberviolent, cocaine-fiending shoplifters a skate from prosecution than OJ's "Dream Team", Clarence Darrow, and the lawyers for Robert Blake and Casey Anthony, and put together.

They are, simply, the BEST defense that any celebrity could dare ask for.... and they better be. Their fees start at one million dollars per hour. Courthouses across the country are already beginning to quiver.

561 days ago
192.

Sandy    

She is just trying to delay the hearing and the lawyer will say he needs more time but then she will hire Shawn back. Shawn needs to dump her but for good and let her fin for herself. Shawn has done so much for her and she of course does not appreciate anything she has done.

561 days ago
193.

nancy    

Shawn Holley must be happy to be rid of such a crazy client!

561 days ago
194.

Suzy Q     

This story has forced me to return to the Prison Btch avi and change my age to 3000 something. I'm so excited Heller will be in CA! Bring shorts!

561 days ago
195.

mememi    

Good now she can go to jail for real

561 days ago
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