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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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betty    

This chick needs some serious jail time she has gotten more breaks then the average person. If it had been the average Joe or Jane Blow she would still be in the slammer. Hope this attorney helps her get there.

611 days ago
212.

YorkieLuv    

Well at least she will have something to write about in the rough draft of her book while she is in jail.

Even if this will delay her trail... why would you sack the woman that has kept you out of doing any real jail time that had been well deserved.

Instead of trying to scare kids with Meth face photos.. they can just use Lindsay's lfie !

That other lawyer must have promised her the Moon, & like a fool she went for it.

611 days ago
213.

wendy    

does this buy her more free time

611 days ago
214.

seamus     

Lindsay cannot go to jail-who will take care of the poor children of India if Bitcho is not around? Oh the humanity!

611 days ago
215.

Wow ...    

ROL reports Lindsay owes Shawn over $300,000.

611 days ago
216.

exlax    

I hear the whiste but dont see the train that is about to wreck

611 days ago
217.

Rich     

So stupid!!!!

611 days ago
218.

Suzy Q     

Heller is the perfect height to be a Hollywood leading man, since the actors average about 5'2" and the ladies even shorter. He'll fit right into Munchkinland. Hope he gets an agent while he's here.

611 days ago
219.

Wow ...    

ROL reports Lindsay owes Shawn over $300,000.

611 days ago
220.

exlax    

hey charlie ya got a few extra checks to blo?

611 days ago
221.

Vinsetta    

Thanks WOWSOSAD. Uh now we see how this ingrate has been keeping Holley. She doesn't pay her.
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Lindsay Lohan Owes Her Fired Attorney Over $300k In Unpaid Legal Fees!
Posted on Jan 14, 2013 @ 15:13PM | By Jen Heger

WENN

Lindsay Lohan owes her recently fired, long standing criminal defense attorney, Shawn Holley, a whopping $300,000 plus in unpaid legal fees and hasn’t made a payment to the famed lawyer in more than half a year, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

“Lindsay owes Shawn over $300k in legal fees and she hasn’t made any payments to her in over six months,” a source close to the situation tells Radar. “Lindsay hadn’t paid anything for any of the work Shawn has done on her three new criminal charges of lying to cops, in connection with her car accident in Santa Monica last summer. Shawn has kept Lindsay out of jail for over five years now and she has no idea how good she has had it. Shawn is extremely respected by judges and prosecutors and that has benefited Lindsay greatly. Lindsay’s new criminal attorney, Mark Heller, isn’t even based in Los Angeles and certainly doesn’t have the revered reputation that Shawn does.”

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As previously reported, Lohan is currently on probation for stealing a necklace from a Venice jewelry store. Meantime, she will be back in court on January 15 to be arraigned on her latest charges.

Lohan is required to be in court for the arraignment, at which time she will be required to enter a plea. A date will also be set for a probation violation hearing, and if the troubled actress is found to be guilty, she could be sent to jail for up to six months.

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“I suspect that Lindsay’s new attorney is either representing her for a reduced fee, or not charging her at all,” the source says. “I think Mark wants the publicity that representing Lindsay Lohan can bring.”

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611 days ago
222.

Karma    

Lindsay Lohan I swear to God your next stop is the morgue. This is the dumbest move that she has ever made. Shawn was the ONLY positive influence of authority left in your life and you kicked her out of that. You need help. Firing Shawn means you won't get help you will be surrounded by enablers. Sad situation. Shawn tried her very best and she was like a fairy God mother to you. Damn...where's the popcorn this is getting good time to sit back and watch the final chapter 26 and a half...There won't be a 27 if you guys know what I mean...She will be in the 27 club

611 days ago
223.

Shannon    

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Mark Heller Is Not Lindsay Lohan’s Attorney, Says Lindsay’s Camp
Posted on November 30th, 2012 at 1:01 pm - richard@rumorfix.com

Although controversial attorney Mark Heller is speaking to the press on behalf of Lindsay Lohan, a representative from Lindsay’s team tells RumorFix exclusively, “Lindsay’s legal counsel remains her longtime attorney Shawn Holley. Any reports of her being represented by Mark Heller are not accurate.”

611 days ago
224.

janet    

Shawn Holley Fired. Right on time for Lohan stalling. Guess that means she won't be in California for court tomorrow. Lohan had nothing else to pull to stall. Fire her lawyer and start all over.

611 days ago
225.

Sally Smith    

Lindsay Lohan is America's full-time loser.

611 days ago
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